giga·​flop | \ ˈji-gə-ˌfläp How to pronounce gigaflop (audio) , ˈgi- How to pronounce gigaflop (audio) \

Definition of gigaflop

: a unit of measure for the calculating speed of a computer equal to one billion floating-point operations per second

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Recent Examples on the Web The ending is certainly an interesting new bit of table-setting: There’s Dolores and Bernard both in the real world, Maeve still in the park, Teddy in the great beyond, and gigaflops of data that have been beamed to some mysterious place. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 Back in 1998, the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts housed the 27th most-powerful supercomputer in the world, with 116 cores providing a maximum performance of 213 gigaflops. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Supercomputers are driving a revolution in hurricane forecasting," 9 May 2018 Each core is capable of delivering a gigaflop a second, and takes up only a few square millimeters, and each Blue Gene chip will carry a few dozen of them. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "Gene Machine," 1 July 2001

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First Known Use of gigaflop

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gigaflop

floating-point operation

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“Gigaflop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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