Monolithic system

Monolithic system can have different meanings in the contexts of computer software and hardware.

In software

A software system is called "monolithic" if it has a monolithic architecture, in which functionally distinguishable aspects (for example data input and output, data processing, error handling, and the user interface) are all interwoven, rather than containing architecturally separate components.[1]

In hardware

An electronic hardware system, such as a multi-core processor, is called "monolithic" if its components are integrated together in a single integrated circuit. Note that such a system may consist of architecturally separate components  in a multi-core system, each core forms a separate component  as long as they are realized on a single die.


  1. Rod Stephens (2 March 2015). Beginning Software Engineering. John Wiley & Sons. p. 94. ISBN 978-1-118-96916-8.
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