Coláiste Chiaráin IC3 Notes
Section 1: Types of Computers
Extremely large and powerful computer.It is used for complex tasks (e.g weather prediction).Custom software is used. Cost millions so limited to large companies andgovernments.2.
Very large computer designed to process many things atonce. They are used by banks governments. Used for ticketing and databases.Sometimes called
systems because smaller computers called
can be connected to the mainframe.Centralised systems can be cheaper for companies because they only needto secure and maintain one computer.An
is an example of a terminal connected to a mainframe.3.
Computers that manage, support and control networks The school has a number of servers in the server rack in the red carpet area.Each server performs a set tasks (e.g. a
mailserver, webserver, domaincontroller
(shares folders e.g. your u: drive).4.
Designed to be used by one person. The most common are
(e.g. the computers in the labs).
computers are sometimes called
. The advantages of desktops over laptops etc. are that they are cheaper and morepowerful
PC Vs MAC:
Most personal computer use the Windows operating system.
manufacture a computer called the Macintosh. The
is popular with graphic artists, musicians, video editing, desktoppublising etc.5.
Laptop / Notebook:
A Portable computer similar to a desktop.It is very compact and runs off a battery. Advantage: portability.A
pc is a laptop with a touch screen or stylus pen that can recognised textyou write.Page | 2