Classification of Computers

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Classifications of Computers

According to the U.S. Census "Forty-four million households, or 42 percent, had at least one member who used the Internet at home in 2000" (Home Computers 2). Today, no doubt, even more family members in the United States use computers. Most people are aware of the desktop computers which can be found in the home and in the workplace. What are the different types of computers and what are their purposes? Computers can be classified into three different categories of home computers, portable computers, and business computers including workstations and super computers. First, what is a computer? "While the term computer can apply to virtually any device that has a microprocessor in it, most people think of a
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The next classification of computers is called the office computers such as workstations or supercomputers. What is the difference between a workstation and desktop computers? "A desktop computer that has a more powerful processor, additional memory and enhanced capabilities for performing a special group of task, such as 3D Graphics or game development" (What are the Different p. 6). Another computer under this classification is the server or networks. "A computer that has been optimized to provide services to other computers over a network. Servers usually have powerful processors, lots of memory and large hard drives" (What are the Differences p. 7). Networks combine several computers in an office or building space. Also, under the classification of business computer is the supercomputer. This type of computer is more expensive than any of the others with it often costing millions of dollars. "Although some supercomputers are single computer systems, most are comprised of multiple high performance computers working in parallel as a single system" (What are the differences 10). Supercomputers usually are used to predict weather, handle bank accounts, or insurance details. Three classifications of computers are home computers, portable computers, and business computers. The desktop computer is usually found in homes or small offices. Portable computers are becoming

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