Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

HAL may refer to any of the following:

1. Short for Hardware Abstraction Layer, HAL is an operating system programming layer that enables the operating system to operate with a hardware device.

HAL2. More appropriately known as the "HAL 9000", HAL is the name of the artificial intelligent computer in the 1968 Science Fiction movie 2001: A Space ODYSSEY.

Fun Fact: The name "HAL" is each letter before the word "IBM."

Operating system terms, Programming terms