core memory

noun Computers.
former term for main memory, which was composed of ring-shaped magnets called cores.

Origin:
1960–65

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Example sentences
For memory bound applications, only using a single core on each socket will
  result in the highest per core memory bandwidth.
Multilayered printed circuits were developed and core memory was replaced by
  faster, solid state memories.
We define a file to be of moderate size if it can comfortably fit into core
  memory.
Internally the computer central processor looks to core memory for its stored
  data.
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