su·​per·​com·​put·​er | \ ˈsü-pər-kəm-ˌpyü-tər How to pronounce supercomputer (audio) \

Definition of supercomputer

: a large very fast mainframe used especially for scientific computations

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There's hardly anything more loudly and aggressively premium than a nearly $2,000 phone with cutting-edge-if-questionably-useful tech, but its uncommon girth at least gives a new shape to this grade of flagship pocket supercomputer. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Samsung Galaxy Fold Is a Thick Boy, Just Not in the Way You Actually Need," 20 Feb. 2019 In an expansive white-tiled room in Livermore, California sits Sierra, the world’s second most powerful supercomputer. William Poor, The Verge, "America’s nuclear arsenal relies on this brand-new supercomputer," 20 Nov. 2018 The supercomputers can be used to forecast climate change, look into a cure for cancer, and research nuclear fusion, among other tasks. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The US now has the two fastest supercomputers in the world," 12 Nov. 2018 Soon, there will be nine billion people crowding this warming planet, and each one will come equipped with a supercomputer in their pocket. Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 The same supercomputer that dominated Jeopardy in 2011 made headlines for its ability to concoct new recipes in a partnership with Bon Appétit. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Is AI the future of perfume? IBM is betting on it.," 24 Oct. 2018 By using supercomputers in Warsaw, Poland, and Durham, England, the researchers calculated the luminosity function of galaxies according to the standard model of cosmology, known as the Lambda Cold Dark Matter model. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Some of the Oldest Galaxies in the Universe Orbit the MIlky Way," 16 Aug. 2018 Their products are essential to everything from supercomputers to smartphones. David Staats And Ian King, idahostatesman, "A Chinese court just retaliated against Boise's Micron. Here's why, and what it means," 5 July 2018 To make fracking in the desert work, BP used a supercomputer in Houston to interpret one of its biggest-ever seismic surveys and ran hundreds of simulations to figure out the best parts of the gas field to exploit. Sarah Kent, WSJ, "Oil Industry Tries to Take the Fracking Boom Global," 19 June 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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