Machine cycle

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

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.

Computer machine cycle

Four steps of Machine cycle

  1. Fetch - Retrieve an instruction from the memory.
  2. Decode - Translate the retrieved instruction into a series of computer commands.
  3. Execute - Execute the computer commands.
  4. Store - Send and write the results back in memory.

CPU terms, Cycle, Instruction, Machine language