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Definition of optimization

: an act, process, or methodology of making something (such as a design, system, or decision) as fully perfect, functional, or effective as possible specifically : the mathematical procedures (such as finding the maximum of a function) involved in this

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Finally, Intel’s touting software partnerships and optimizations, including companies such as Adobe, Blender, Magix Software, and the developers of such games as Call of Duty: Black Ops, Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, and Total War: Three Kingdoms. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds," 23 Apr. 2019 Still, despite aggressive optimization, training the network took five to six days with the hardware available in 2012 (a pair of Nvidia GTX 580 GPUs, each with 3GB of memory). Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Even the standard Boxster makes a compelling case, with preternatural chassis balance and honed optimization of throttle and steering. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 Musk points out that with shipping-container farms, which lock out all the traditional encumbrances of farming—drought, locusts, 24-hour cycles of day and night—optimization of food is possible. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Kimbal Musk Is Reinventing Food One Shipping Container at a Time," 24 Oct. 2018 But in the private mobility market, where significant investments in a vehicle come with the expectation of a wide range of capabilities rather than optimization for just one, that's still a tough sale. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Intel’s gameplay site lists graphics optimizations for a vast swath of games that could probably be added to the app in fairly short order. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center," 20 Mar. 2019 But there’s more to energy-optimization than buying a new fridge. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "How to save on utility bills," 25 Jan. 2019 Under the new venture, Vodafone Business customers will have access to IBM’s cloud offerings, including automation, optimization and artificial intelligence. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Vodafone Enters Cloud Agreement With IBM, Keeping 5G in Mind," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of optimization

1857, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for optimization

optimize + -ation

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