primary memory
  • Better known as RAM. One or more memory chips that can be read and written by the CPU and other hardware, and which serve as the primary workspace of a computer. Instructions and data are loaded here for subsequent execution or processing, and its storage locations may be accessed in any desired order. The amount of primary memory a computer has determines factors such as how many programs may be optimally run simultaneously. computer storage, such as disks, discs, and tapes, are considered as secondary memory. Also called primary storage, random access memory, read/write memory, read/write RAM, main memory, main storage, or core memory (2).
  • synonym primary storage

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