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control program[kən′trōl ‚prō·grəm]
A program which carries on input/output operations, loading of programs, detection of errors, communication with the operator, and so forth.
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Control Program(operating system)
(CP) The component of IBM's Virtual Machine (VM) that provides "guest support" for operating systems that run on IBM mainframe compatible processors. Cp does this by providing a seamless emulation of privileged functions in the problem program environment.
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control programSoftware in charge of other software or hardware. For example, the primary control program in a computer is the operating system (OS). It sets the standards that all applications must use to interface with the OS (see API and OS).
All peripheral devices in a computer are controlled by software, also known as a driver. The driver software accepts the commands from the OS and initiates the commands the controller circuit accepts to activate functions in a storage drive or other peripheral hardware. See driver, controller, network control program and peripheral.
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