From WikiChip

A pipeline is a mechanism whereby multiple functional elements are interconnected in a series to form an assembly line-like structure whereby the output of one functional element becomes the input of the next. Within a pipeline, all functional elements usually perform their operation concurrently. This technique allows better utilization of resources by breaking down complex operations into their constituent operations and allocating a time-slice for each of the smaller operations.

Examples of pipelines:

Text document with shapes.svg This article is still a stub and needs your attention. You can help improve this article by editing this page and adding the missing information.