platform

  

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1.Hardware: Foundation technology of a computer system viewed as a 'layered' device. The bottom (chip level) layer is called a platform such as an 'Intel Platform' or 'SunSparc Platform.' It is a broader view than system architecture which concentrates mainly on standard interfaces.
2.Software: Operating system (such as Linux, MacOS, Unix, Windows) that is the foundation on which all application software runs.

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