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A procedure for processing instructions in a computer program more rapidly, in which each instruction is divided into numerous small stages, and a population of instructions are in various stages at any given time.
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pipeline processing(1) See graphics pipeline.
(2) A category of techniques that provide simultaneous parallel processing within the computer. Pipeline processing refers to overlapping operations by moving data or instructions into a conceptual pipe with all stages of the pipe performing simultaneously. For example, while one instruction is being executed, the computer is decoding the next. In vector processors, several steps in a floating point operation can be processed simultaneously. See superscalar and multicore.
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