supercomputer

noun
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

Examples of supercomputer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Japanese supercomputer is already being used on an experimental basis for research on Covid-19, including on diagnostics, therapeutics, and simulations of the spread of the virus, Riken said in a statement in April. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Fugaku, the world's fastest computer, is researching the spread of Covid-19," 23 June 2020 There’s a new king of the supercomputer standings, though the crown may not rest on it for too long. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The top tech stock during the pandemic isn’t the one you think it is," 23 June 2020 In this case, the technology is Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Cray supercomputer in Texas. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Alabama scientists say supercomputer is new Saturn V that could launch a cure for COVID-19," 19 June 2020 The sensors in the ice pass their readings to a mini-supercomputer sitting on the surface that crunches the data in real time. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica," 12 June 2020 However, in order to gin up speed, supercomputer architectures have become more complicated. Jeremy Smith, The Conversation, "Scientists tap the world’s most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus," 3 June 2020 Since the 1990s the power of supercomputers has increased by a factor of a million or so. Jeremy Smith, The Conversation, "Scientists tap the world’s most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus," 3 June 2020 Assisted by Department of Defense supercomputers, San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute is using its own 3D drug-screening software in the global hunt for a prevention or cure of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute is screening possible COVID-19 drugs — lots of them," 29 May 2020 Several times a week, Mr. Aoyama makes a half-hour commute across Tokyo for a task seemingly more suited to the age of the samurai than of the supercomputer: stamping his official corporate seal on business contracts and government paperwork. Ben Dooley, New York Times, "Japan Needs to Telework. Its Paper-Pushing Offices Make That Hard.," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of supercomputer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercomputer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supercomputer. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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supercomputer

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English Language Learners Definition of supercomputer

: a large and very fast computer

supercomputer

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

Kids Definition of supercomputer

: a large very fast computer used especially for scientific computations

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