A process is a naturally occurring or designed sequence of operations which produces some outcome. Compare: project. See also: process management.

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In philosophy and systems theory, basic processes or logical homologies as they were termed by Ludwig von Bertalanffy are unifying principles which operate in many different systemic contexts. For example, feedback, the principle which figures prominently in the science of cybernetics. Natural and industrial processes utilize basic processes such as feedback.


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In computing, a computer process is a running instance of a program, including all variables and other states. A multitasking operating system switches between processes to give the appearance of simultaneous execution, though in fact only one process can be executing per CPU core.