su·​per·​com·​put·​er | \ˈsü-pər-kəm-ˌpyü-tər \

Definition of supercomputer 

: a large very fast mainframe used especially for scientific computations

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IBM’s Watson supercomputer has beat Jeopardy champions, reconstituted recipes, and even helped create highlight reels for the World Cup. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can artificial intelligence change construction?," 12 Oct. 2018 The coding language that runs its supercomputers dates back as far as the 1980s., "NASA’s Looking for a Few Good Coders: BGOV," 11 May 2017 The Mars Climate Modeling Group runs on supercomputers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, and predicts things like wind speed, temperature extremes, and dust storms. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How Your World Works Podcast: 5 Ways 'The Martian' Nails the Science," 25 Sep. 2015 HPE Astronauts will soon be able to use a supercomputer to help run science experiments on the International Space Station. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "A supercomputer on the ISS will soon be open for science experiments," 1 Nov. 2018 Recent images of slices of a mouse brain require a supercomputer to assemble them into a 3D model of individual neurons and synapses. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Meet the Man Who Takes Pictures of Microbes," 18 Oct. 2018 Overall, revenue fell to $18.76 billion in the quarter, primarily from declining sales in the Cognitive Solutions segment, which includes services tied to the Watson supercomputer and artificial intelligence services. Jay Greene, WSJ, "IBM’s Revenue Shrinks Again," 16 Oct. 2018 Summit, a new supercomputer unveiled at Oak Ridge National Lab is, unofficially for now, the most powerful calculating machine on the planet. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "The US Again Has World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 The new model is tailored to run on future supercomputers and designed to forecast not just how climate will change, but also how those changes might stress energy infrastructure. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "DOE’s maverick climate model is about to get its first test," 3 May 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of supercomputer

: a large and very fast computer


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: a large very fast computer used especially for scientific computations

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