interrupt mask


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interrupt mask

[′int·ə‚rəpt ‚mask]
(computer science)
A technique of suppressing certain interrupts and allowing the control program to handle these masked interrupts at a later time.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

interrupt mask

An internal switch setting that controls whether an interrupt can be processed or not. The mask is a bit that is turned on and off by the program.
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