speed·​up | \ ˈspēd-ˌəp How to pronounce speedup (audio) \

Definition of speedup

2 : an employer's demand for accelerated output without increased pay

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I'd like to see some speedup in the selection process.
Recent Examples on the Web What emerged was a sense of the sorts of things that people are hoping will be able to demonstrate a clear speedup when run on a sufficiently advanced quantum annealer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What problems can you solve on a quantum annealer?," 1 Oct. 2019 In time, this class of problems would become experimentalists’ greatest hope for demonstrating an unambiguous speedup on early quantum machines. Quanta Magazine, "Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers," 1 Feb. 2018 Computations that run on currently available quantum computers don’t exhibit a game-changing speedup for solving practical problems, according to AWS. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "D-Wave Opens Quantum-Computing Resources to Coronavirus Research," 1 Apr. 2020 According to a 2018 study, ice-shelf collapse and the speedup of glacier movement into the sea at the Antarctic Peninsula caused an increase of 25 billion metric tons of ice loss per year from the region between 1992 and 2017. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Temperature in Antarctica soars to a possible modern record of 69 degrees," 14 Feb. 2020 That said, there’s one notable exception to the global speedup of oceans. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Ocean Currents Are Speeding Up, Driven by Faster Winds," 6 Feb. 2020 Scientists aren't certain of all the consequences of this speedup yet. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "World’s oceans are speeding up - another mega-scale consequence of climate change," 6 Feb. 2020 Either way, Hu thinks the oscillations could be responsible for at most one-third of the wind speedup. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Global warming is speeding up Earth‘s massive ocean currents," 5 Feb. 2020 This is somewhat similar to the experience D-Wave had, where every indication of a quantum advantage was quickly matched by computer scientists returning to the classical computing algorithms and finding ways of extracting speedups. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Here’s what the people who claimed Google’s quantum supremacy have to say about it," 24 Oct. 2019

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1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speedup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedup. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedup

: an increase in the speed or rate of something

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