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Big endian

In a big-endian system, the most significant value in the sequence is stored at the lowest storage address (i.e., first). Many mainframe computers, particularly IBM mainframes, use a big-endian architecture. Most modern computers, including PCs, use the little-endian system. The terms big endian and little endian are derived from the Lilliputians of Gulliver’s Travels, whose major political issue was whether soft-boiled eggs should be opened on the big side or the little side.

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