Thinking about the hardware: an overview of relevant technologies

It goes without saying that between writing this chapter and you reading it much of the software will have gone on to a new release, faster computers will be cheaper and someone will have marketed a tool that we have not even thought of. Therefore this chapter focuses on generic issues with only occasional mention of specifics. Its purpose is to provide a broad grounding so that the designer entering this field, perhaps for the first time, has some idea about the technological context and the meaning behind some of the numbers. If nothing else, it is hoped that this will enable you to become an informed purchaser, however there is no substitute when buying a system for consulting ...

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