A computer whose central processing unit performs a single machine-level operation at a time. This term would be used mostly in contrast to a parallel processor.
plural noun 1. commercial rights to publish an author’s work, usually a novel, or to use it on radio or television one chapter or episode at a time.
- Serial scanning
medicine Performing more than two CT scans on a patient in 24 hours. (2007-12-22)
- Serial section
serial section n. One of a number of consecutive histological sections.
- Serial storage architecture
storage (SSA) IBM’s proposed ANSI standard for a standard high-speed interface to disk clusters and arrays. SSA allows full-duplex packet multiplexed serial data transfers at rates of 20Mb/sec in each direction. According to John Taylor, programme manager at IBM’s Storage Division at Havant, SSA will be used in arrays of discs working with high-end computers […]