A boot which resets only part of the system.
For example, “If you’re running the mess-dos emulator, control-alt-insert will cause a soft boot of the emulator, while leaving the rest of the system running”.
Contrast hard boot.
- Software engineering environment
(SEE) A set of management and technical tools to support software development, usually integrated in a coherent framework; equivalent to an IPSE. (1994-11-03)
- Software house
noun 1. a commercial organization that specializes in the production of computer software packages
- Software interrupt
An interrupt caused by a specific machine language operation code (e.g. the Motorola 68000’s TRAP, the IBM System/390’s SVC or the ARM’s SWI) rather than by a hardware event. As with a hardware interrupt, this causes the processor to store the current state, store identifying information about the particular interrupt, and pass control to a […]
- Software laser
An optical laser works by bouncing photons back and forth between two mirrors, one totally reflective and one partially reflective. If the lasing material (usually a crystal) has the right properties, photons scattering off the atoms in the crystal will excite cascades of more photons, all in lockstep. Eventually the beam will escape through the […]