Definition of pipelining in US English:



  • 1The laying of pipelines.

    • ‘The agencies responsible for oil management are a complete hodgepodge, with seven different agencies having some degree of responsibility for some aspect of oil drilling, transport, pipelining, etc.’
    1. 1.1 Transportation by means of pipelines.
      • ‘When the issue of pipelining Alaskan oil comes up, environmentalists start crying like a little girl with a skinned knee.’
  • 2Computing
    A form of computer organization in which successive steps of an instruction sequence are executed in turn by a sequence of modules able to operate concurrently, so that another instruction can be begun before the previous one is finished.

    • ‘It also implements instruction pipelining to overlap commands sent between the CPU and I / O devices.’
    • ‘Instruction pipelining and prefetch and memory interleaving appeared in early IBM supercomputers and have become universal in today's microprocessors.’
    • ‘In tape pipelining, the server and tape controller can sit thousands of miles apart, but the two units believe they are sitting next to each other in the same data center.’
    • ‘It targets single streams of data and multiple, parallel streams through a mix of latency reduction, pipelining, real-time access, prioritisation and channel arbitration.’
    • ‘With tape pipelining, remote tape backup/restore comes of age.’