su·​per·​com·​put·​er ˈsü-pər-kəm-ˌpyü-tər How to pronounce supercomputer (audio)
: a large very fast mainframe used especially for scientific computations

Examples of supercomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nvidia’s supercomputer would be used to provide the computing power needed to test AI systems. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 The team had four supercomputers running simultaneously in Bonn, Germany; at the University of Florida; at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.; and at Brigham Young University in Utah. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 New research using supercomputers to simulate moon-on-moon violence suggests that Saturn’s rings formed when two ancient moons collided around the time that stegosaurs roamed the Earth. WIRED, 24 Dec. 2023 The companies are spending billions of dollars on the expensive chips and supercomputers necessary to train and build A.I. systems. Tripp Mickle, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Not even a supercomputer can track the movements of individual grains over time, so the physics of flow in granular media remains a vital area of research. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2023 The supercomputer used to train OpenAI’s ChatGPT used 10,000 of Nvidia’s A100 GPU chips. Lionel Lim, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 In director Ridley Scott’s masterful 1979 original Alien, there’s indeed both the titular primordial monster and two sinister AI elements (the murderous android Ash and the ship’s persistently unhelpful supercomputer Mother). James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2024 In it, the senators aim to create legal carve-outs and special liabilities that categorically disadvantage AI products — not just the nascent supercomputer overlords. David McGarry, National Review, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supercomputer was in 1949

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“Supercomputer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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su·​per·​com·​put·​er ˈsü-pər-kəm-ˌpyüt-ər How to pronounce supercomputer (audio)
: a large very fast mainframe used especially for scientific computations

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