speed·​up ˈspēd-ˌəp How to pronounce speedup (audio)
: 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 In recent years, papers from researchers at scientific software company Schrödinger and a multi-institutional team have suggested that only a limited number of problems in quantum chemistry are likely to benefit from quantum speedups. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Dec. 2023 Shor's algorithm, which offers exponential speedup over classical algorithms, demonstrated the potential of quantum computers to solve problems beyond simulating the quantum world. Craig S. Smith, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Up to 32 CPUs can be clustered in parallel to achieve near-linear speedup under load, and CPUs can be assigned for either performance or redundancy. Andrew Hudson, Ars Technica, 24 July 2023 In the age of the global chip supply shortage, any speedup in chip manufacturing and QA testing is a potential lifeline. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Jan. 2024 Add in various optimization techniques and the speedup increases dramatically. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Sep. 2018 When the lattice dimension was too low, his algorithm couldn’t take full advantage of the speedup from multiplying smaller numbers. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023 Higher temperatures are having a similar developmental speedup on cereal crops. Matt Simon, WIRED, 16 Oct. 2023 But the interference that causes the quantum speedup also wipes out all record of the paths the algorithm traverses on its way to the exit. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 20 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1921, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedup was in 1921

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“Speedup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedup. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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