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 new Perlmutter supercomputer uses Nvidia GPUs, specifically tailored for deep learning. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 1 June 2021 In your hands sits a supercomputer that, if the technology existed just a few decades ago, would have cost tens of millions to produce. John Tamny, Forbes, 23 May 2021 The supercomputer includes more than 6,000 Nvidia Corp. A100 Tensor Core graphics processing units. John Mccormick, WSJ, 4 June 2021 In New York, an IBM supercomputer named Deep Blue delivered a gut punch to the power of human intellect by beating chess legend Gary Kasparov in a series of six matches. Katie Bain, Billboard, 14 May 2021 Meanwhile, an onboard supercomputer uses machine learning to identify unwanted plants in mere milliseconds, says Carbon Robotics, the company that built the Autonomous Weeder. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 6 May 2021 It’s based on interconnect technology that Nvidia got from its 2019 acquisition of Mellanox, a company that specialized in ultra-high speed networking for supercomputer and data center applications. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 This film introduced innovative technology concepts such as space stations, flat-screen tablet computers and HAL, a fictional AI-style supercomputer that communicates using voice-recognition technologies. Martin Taylor, Forbes, 7 May 2021 The promises are astounding -- the ability to simulate complicated physical and chemical processes and crunch numbers quicker than any supercomputer. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of supercomputer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supercomputer was in 1949

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19 Jun 2021

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“Supercomputer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supercomputer

: a large and very fast computer


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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