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

Definition of speedup

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

Examples of speedup in a Sentence

I'd like to see some speedup in the selection process.
Recent Examples on the Web Years ago, Fontanini and his team found direct neural evidence of this speedup effect in the gustatory cortex, the part of the brain responsible for taste perception. Quanta Magazine, "Brains Speed Up Perception by Guessing What’s Next," 2 May 2019 The staggering speedup aside, the neural net seemed to have gained a deeper understanding of the data than expected. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Faced with a Data Deluge, Astronomers Turn to Automation," 21 Aug. 2019 Before too many years have elapsed, researchers hope, quantum computers may be able to offer exponential speedups on a host of problems, from modeling the behavior around a black hole to simulating how a large protein folds up. Quanta Magazine, "Graduate Student Solves Quantum Verification Problem," 8 Oct. 2018 The performance improvements Retpoline enables are fairly significant, Microsoft says: about a 25-percent speedup in Office app launch times and up to 1.5-2X improved throughput in both a storage and networking benchmark. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Recent Windows 10 patch brings good, bad performance news for PC gamers," 7 Mar. 2019 All indications are, however, that the sorts of computers IBM and Intel are working on will provide massive speedups with far fewer qubits than D-Wave already has. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave’s quantum computer successfully models a quantum system," 16 July 2018 People in Hollywood saw the largest speedup, shaving two minutes off their hauls to work. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Pompano among Florida's cities with the fastest commutes," 11 July 2018 To go from trading equities to managing all sorts of financial transactions will require more than an order of magnitude speedup in the company’s networks of computers. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018 The speedup in permitting is a goal that state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority officials overseeing the project have been pushing for several years. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Mid-Barataria Diversion permit finish line moved up to 2020," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of speedup

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speedup.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedup. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedup

: an increase in the speed or rate of something

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