- Acronym for random access memory. 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 name is based on the ability to access storage locations in any desired order. The amount of RAM a computer has determines factors such as how many programs may be optimally run simultaneously. Although some other types of memory, such as ROM, may also be accessed randomly, RAM may be volatile, while the others are not. The two main types of RAM are dynamic RAM and static RAM. RAM may also called read/write memory, or read/write RAM, to distinguish it from ROM, and main memory, main storage, primary memory, or primary storage to differentiate it from storage devices such as hard disks. Also called core memory (2).
- acronym for random-access memory
- acronym for read/write memory
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