Updated: 06/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Two parallel lines

In computing, the term parallel describes tasks performed simultaneously, on separate hardware. For example, in DSP (digital signal processing), a signal's samples can be divided into equally-sized units, each processed in parallel on separate processors or cores. The individual "chunks" of the signal can be joined together in a final step.

The opposite of parallel is serial, which meants units of data are processed or transmitted one after the other.

Hardware terms, Parallel access, Parallel computer, Parallel execution, Parallel interface, Parallel port, Parallel printer, Parallel transmission, Serial