Glossary Definition for RISC

Glossary Term: RISC 

Definition

Reduced instruction set computer (RISC): Computer hardware designed to support a short list of simple instructions. This makes the hardware simpler and faster, since it does not need to accommodate complex instructions.

Although more instructions must be executed for some operations, a RISC architecture can be faster, depending on the instruction mix, the design of the instruction set, and how effective the compilers and support software are in translating operations into optimized instructions.


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