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Part 1, Section 1:
Introduction to System Architecture.

System Architecture.

Computers are quite complex beasts. But, like tall buildings and houses, at the basic level they share most of the basic foundational architecture. In the case of computers, the basic architecture has been around since the mid-1940's and is called the von Neumann architecture. The way that we'll access and use this architecture is through assembly language. If we think of the computer's architecture as a building, then learning to read assembly language will allow us to read the blueprints to see where everything is and what everything does, and learning to write in assembly language will allow us to create blueprints to add things to our building (which, for computers, are called programs). We'll talk about assembly after this.

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