Definition of mainframe
: a computer with its cabinet and internal circuits; also : a large fast computer that can handle multiple tasks concurrently
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There was no single, one-size-fits-all IBM mainframe.
And just as faster and cheaper microchips drove the computer revolution from the days of room-size mainframes through the dawn of the iPhone, so does cheap DNA reading—and increasingly, writing—
CA, formerly known as Computer Associates, has its roots in providing mainframe computers used by large institutions like banks.
Instead of computing on its own, Minitel connected to remote services via uplink, like a 1960s mainframe or a modern Google Chromebook.
The company hired local artists to bring a sense of hipness to rooms once filled with telecommunications equipment and even kept a retro feel by preserving a room full of ancient mainframe computers.
The world was very different then; computers were limited to mainframes, and the cost of memory to hold a single song was $1 million.
The programming language Ms. Sammet helped bring to life is now more than a half-century old, but billions of lines of COBOL code still run on the mainframe computers that underpin the work of corporations and government agencies around the world.
After being identified as a math prodigy, Greenblat said, she was assigned to sensitive U.S. security calculations on an IBM 360 mainframe computer.
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Definition of mainframe for English Language Learners
: a large and very fast computer that can do many jobs at once
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