Buffer Driven Data Processing System
Original Publication Date: 1980-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-13
Within an electronic data processing system, some portions of the system pass data from one point to another within a predetermined period of time (typically, a machine cycle or some portion of a machine cycle) without storing the data, while other portions of the system store data for varying periods of time. An example of the former is an adder (exclusive of its input and output registers), and examples of the latter are registers and triggers. In the following discussion, the former type of hardware will be referred to as "combinational hardware", and the latter type will be referred to as "storage hardware".