All the information that you are able to consume every day, in the cyber space had to get into the Internet, one way or another, this information didn’t just appear on the Internet by an act of magic.
The hard work of many developers and software engineers was put to use, to bring to us, what we all know as the Internet.
Many disciplines and areas of study, had to be combined, for you to be able to read the information you are reading today online, and for you to be able to use the services you find useful online.
Such services may be: paying for bills, ordering something online (pizza, flight tickets, etc…) or entertaining yourselves, like watching a movie or playing video games online.
In today's article, we are going to talk about the digital architecture design of the Internet and of many devices, we use to connect to the Internet; so that we are able to understand the web space much better.
Digital architecture design, covers a broad variety of information such as numbers, texts, pictures, graphics, music, symbols, and sounds, which are all manipulated, by the digital systems, which have been developed for this purpose.
Several algorithms are executed, messages are correlated, assembled and stored; mathematical operations are achieved, and graphics are elaborated, by digital systems, to be able to bring you the information, which you are now reading and searching online.
In a systematic manner, the hardware architecture of digital systems, is able to exploit the properties of information, in order to manufacture the devices that are available to us today.
In digital technology today, many electronic manufacturers, offer many products that are a result of digital system architecture.
Such products are, instruments of measurements, control units, calculators, medical equipment, optical devices and many other digital technology equipment, which we use today to make our lives better.
When you understand digital technology architecture, your programming, engineering and mathematical skills will gain value, from this knowledge.
At the center of modern digital design practices, you'll find hardware description languages (HDLs).
Microprocessors is a good example of hardware digital design usage, which in the past three decades, microprocessors have revolutionized our world of computers and any device that uses, a microprocessor.
The microprocessor have revolutionized our computer world; due to the fact that it has given laptops today, far more capabilities, than a room-sized mainframe that existed and was used decades ago.
Although many of these mainframes exist today, we don’t see many of them being used.
The mobile devices that you may or may not use today, have been made possible, due to the advancements made in the microprocessor arena.
The Internet that you use today, to search and read many articles, on any subject so rapidly, is also made possible, due to the fact that the microprocessors, have made tremendous progress, in the technology industry.
If microprocessors didn’t make any advancement in technology, we would all be using really slow devices, that didn’t make our lives a lot better.
Microprocessors are an intrinsically and fascinating human invention, that is also important in technology, which serves our society and our economy as well.
In digital system, you'll find that it is not quite simple to learn and understand the complex subject of digital architecture designs, because it does requires, a profound knowledge of physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science all at the same time.
These systems are building blocks of 1's and 0's, which may see to be simple at first, but then you have to put together, systems that can grow in complexity.
What this means is that, you would have to take the simple, building block of 1's and 0s and combine them, into complex system, which would bring value to your user.
If you don’t understand what those building blocks are, you can find more information about this online or on this website, or email us and we’ll share the information with you.
Developing digital systems, is not a simple process, and your critical thinking, has to always be at work during, your development process.
A microprocessor is such as system, that although it may have been simple to understand, it was not simple to develop.
You don't have nothing to worry about though, because you can find a systematic approach to handle complexity, when you want to develop a digital system today.
However, before there ever was a digital system architecture, software engineers and computer scientist were scratching their heads, to create a simple way to develop digital devices and software, using a digital system architecture.
Once you find an approach that best fits your needs, you will be on your way to building your first microprocessor or any digital system you have in mind.
Millions and billions of transistors are used to build digital hardware systems, such as a microprocessor.
Humans couldn't understand the way the systems work, by writing equations, and solving these equations simultaneously, because the movements of electrons in each transistor is very complex.
The best way for you to be able to manage complexity, is through the use of abstraction, which is the critical technique for managing abstract problems; abstraction is a method that you can follow to build a digital device, because abstraction, hides the details of a digital system, when they are not important.
It is important that you don’t get caught up in vain details, so that you won’t be confused, and be able to focus, on what’s important about your digital system, which is to make sure that it brings all the functionalities your users would be using.
There are many different levels, of abstraction within a system of any kind, to be able to study a system and find more information about that system, so that you are able to better gain the results you want from that system.
For example, a country, which is a system where people reside, politicians in the government divide the country into cities, counties, states, municipalities and neighborhoods.
In order for you, to be able to divide your digital system, into different levels of abstraction of the system that you study, will depend on the type of information you need from that system.
For example a person running for president would be interested, in knowing at the state level, how a country votes.
In computers, you would find these typical levels of abstraction, if you want to build a computer; the architecture level of abstraction, describes a computer from the programmer’s perspective.
Other such abstraction levels are, the application software, which is where most of the application software would be found.
The computer also has another abstraction level, called the operating system, which is where most of the computer's driver device are found.
The drivers of a computer, help the computer use the peripheral hardware, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc...
The microprocessor of a computer is another abstraction level, which is where the instructions registers are found, among other things.
The computer also has the logic abstraction level, which is where, the computational logic of a computer is located.
The Digital circuits is another computer abstraction level, and it contains the AND and NOT gates, of the mother board of the computer.
Another computer abstraction level, is the analog circuits, which contains the amplifiers filters.
Each of the abstraction levels of the computer, handle high level or lower level tasks of the computer, and we only mention some of them, of course there are many other abstraction levels, but we are not going to cover all them here, we’ll leave that for another article post, which would help you build your fist computer, using a digital design architecture approach.
Digital system design can become, very complex, and if you don't have a systematic way of handling that complexity, you will be lost.
Information in digital systems, is represented with discrete valued variables, which have a finite number of distinct values.
As a programmer, you'll find that knowing all the details of the computer hardware is not necessary, because you can code and implement, your application, without needing to know this information.
However, if you want to make sure that, you implement your code, into a computer, so that you application is well handled by that hardware, you may want to know how, the specific computer's hardware, that you are working with, work together.
Meaning you may want to know, about your computer’s memory, hard drive and other hard discs and how they work well together, by having a well thought out digital design architecture system in place.
The digital architecture of digital systems, have increased in diversification, so you better believe that you will be scratching your head to understand what you are doing, when you develop a system of any kind.
The materials, building components, spatial sequences and load bearing structures, of digital systems have been affected, by the diversity of the digital architecture.
Due to the fact that it is possible, to design large number of elements, in differentiated ways using digital means, there exist a large number of variations, in digital design systems, and architecture.
I hope you have been able to keep up, with what we are talking about here, if it's a bit complex, take your time, pause the reading and come back to this later.
Trust me I know, I had to write this article, but if you are very smart, which I am sure you are, then, let's continue.
The availability of computers and digital fabrication, also makes the variations of digital design and architecture possible, otherwise it wouldn't make much sense, to have digital variations.
Digital design and the production process, increase their potential and complexity, when a very large amount of parts have to be combine.
When an architect has many parts to combine, the digital system developer, can exploit the potential of digital design, because the architect's human capabilities are increased, their overall overview of the concept is improved, and their control and design of their system is also multiplied and improved as well.
Also the fact, that many digital systems, contain many repetitions, architects are able to manually organize, these repeated variations and construct them with simple and yet complex procedures to avoid having many repeated processes in their digital system.
The concept of repetition, in the new digital age, was a product of the industrialization era, that many industrialized countries experienced.
Anyhow, diversification is what is important in any digital system, and through the design of processes, rather than final forms, a language of diversity has emerged.
In the process of diversification, different elements are combined together, and they adapt to their diverse aspect, so that they can harmoniously and coherently become a whole digital system, that is very complex, and requires lots of attention.
The organic structures of the animal and plant kingdom, are definite places, where many of our digital designs ideas and principles come from.
However, our creations, could never compare, to the creation of The Most High, which is perfect and unique.
The engagement of humans in logic, have actually given birth to too many of the digital systems, which we all know today.
The computer is a tool, which motivates the user to think, assertively, and critically, so that they can discover, new organizing, principles and establish new relations with the built environment, of the computer and their lives.
You should be interested in digital design technologies, because the boundaries of rationality and predictable reality are delineated, besides it is a really cool thing to know.
Digital logic, allows us to define, relationships and intentions in the form of rules, and principles in any digital system we develop or any digital system that already exist.
Because we weigh the influences that, the design-generating factors have on each other.
The complex decision process, which happens within a digital system, can be modeled through the medium of programming.
When you conceive the architecture of systems in this way, your processes are not just metaphors or hypotheses, but they become concrete sequences of operations, to design your digital systems.
Also the procedures you choose to design your digital systems, would be determined, by a beginning and an end, they would produce tangible results, and you would be able to test them intuitively and analytically, by sketching or building models.
Many programmers, architects, engineers and designers, jump into their projects, not realizing that if they had taken their time, to formulate a procedure, which would have taken care of their digital system development, they would've saved a lot of time, effort and money.
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