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Computer architecture is the abstract description and specification of why, what, and how various hardware and software components are combined to create a computing device. This tag should be used with questions about the relationship between components making up a computer, what components are included or excluded in a computer, how components are connected, what data flows over the connections, and why components and connections are good choices.

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What was the first mechanical Turing-complete machine ever constructed?

We know that Charles Babbage designed the first Turing-complete mechanical machine - the Analytical Engine - in the 1800s, but it was never actually built (not yet anyway). In recent history, at ...