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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Some of the Defense Department’s plans for the new supercomputers involve developing new helicopters, Newmeyer said. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Hewlett Packard Enterprise Signs Big Supercomputer Deal with Defense Department," 15 Feb. 2018 Linux also is used in all of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, according to the website of Top500, a project that ranks such systems. Robert Mcmillan, WSJ, "Linux Cements Move to Business Mainstay From Maverick With IBM Deal," 30 Oct. 2018 Image The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Move Over, China: U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 University of Texas computer science professor Jack Dongarra created the list back in 1992 and chose the benchmark tests which are used to measure supercomputer performance. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Why Jeff Bezos Just Might Crack the Health Care Challenge," 31 Jan. 2018 Several other top supercomputers reach a few dozen petaflops as well. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Will Get the World's First Exascale Computer in 2021," 20 Mar. 2019 Other than that, both supercomputers run on similar specs: IBM Power9 processors with Nvidia Tesla V100 accelerator chips. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The US now has the two fastest supercomputers in the world," 12 Nov. 2018 In its Cognitive Solutions segment, which includes services tied to the Watson supercomputer, sales fell 1% after adjusting for currency moves to $4.6 billion. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "IBM Rides Newer Businesses to Higher Revenue, Profit," 18 July 2018 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

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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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