- noun the layout and interconnection of a computer’s internal hardware and the logical relationships between CPU, memory and I/O devices
- noun the way in which the CPU, terminals, printers and network connections are arranged
- The design of a computer and its components. This includes for which purposes it can be used, along with its memory and processing requirements and capabilities. This in turn affects variables such as what software may be used with it, and which peripherals are compatible. Also called architecture (2), or computer system architecture.