A-Level 1.1.2 Processor Types

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Compare a Complex Instruction Set Computer (CISC) architecture with a Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) architecture.

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is responsible for monitoring communications in order to keep the UK secure. A large part of its job involves trying to break into encrypted messages. The code breakers at GCHQ have access to supercomputers (computers with many processors). Describe why a supercomputer will be useful to GCHQ.

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A gaming company decides to release a new video games console. The console will use a modified version of an operating system called Linux. As well as a CPU the console contains a GPU for 3D graphics. Explain why a GPU is more suitable than a CPU for this task.

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An architect firm specialises in designing skyscrapers. The firm uses high end computers with high performance CPUs, GPUs and large amounts of RAM. Give one use the firm might have for GPUs.