privileged mode


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privileged mode

[′priv·ə·lijd ‚mōd]
(computer science)

privileged mode

An operational state of software that has the highest priority. Also called the "supervisor mode" or "supervisor state," it is typically the mode in which the operating system runs, because it has access to all the resources in the computer. See privilege.
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Incorporating powerful features, standardizing privileged mode instructions, supporting past ISAs and providing an upgrade path from the MIPS32(R) architecture, the MIPS64 architecture provides a solid high-performance foundation for future MIPS processor-based development.
Unfortunately, operating systems often interact directly with the underlying hardware, and the x86 architecture requires these hardware instructions to be executed in "Ring 0" privileged mode.
However, before heckles are raised about Mr Cameron's privileged mode of transport, be aware that both Mr Brown and Mr Clegg will fly "on occasions".