The steps performed by the computer processor for each machine language instruction received. The machine cycle is a 4 process cycle that includes reading and interpreting the machine language, executing the code and then storing that code.
Four steps of Machine cycle
- Fetch - Retrieve an instruction from the memory.
- Decode - Translate the retrieved instruction into a series of computer commands.
- Execute - Execute the computer commands.
- Store - Sand and write the results back in memory.