I have just begun reading a PDF on Assembly language. One of the terms it mentioned and encouraged the reader to research further is "pipelining". I looked this up and read a brief description on WikiPedia; a section of the article stated: "In computing, a pipeline is a set of data processing elements connected in series, so that the output of one element is the input of the next one."
I am not completely clear on what "so that the output of one element is the input of the next one." means. Does this refer to a section of data being output from one element then being absorbed by another for further processing\transfer, or is it possibly referring to one pipeline element outputting data then being readied to take in and process new data in an "opposite" direction-- one dataset out, one dataset in?
I would really like to understand this better.
Thank-you in advance.