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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Instead, its trucks carry a suite of lidar, radar, and camera sensors, feeding information about the environment to Nvidia’s AI supercomputer. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Sweden's Electric Robo-Truck Is Made for Life in the Forest," 12 July 2018 Last year, Tilmes and a team of scientists set to work experimenting with a global climate model on a new supercomputer at a facility run by NCAR and the state of Wyoming in Cheyenne. John Fialka, Scientific American, "The Best Way to Shade Earth," 5 July 2018 The supercomputer is named Summit, and resides in a facility at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The United States Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer Again," 8 June 2018 In this case, the supercomputers weren’t supposed to be connected to the internet. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The best times people used company resources to mine cryptocurrency," 17 May 2018 Slaughter’s explosive crusade led to his teaming up with United States federal agents in South America in order to destroy a supercomputer used to run a criminal empire. Richard Newby, New York Times, "Like the New ‘Superfly’? Stream These 13 Classic Blaxploitation Films," 18 June 2018 My chess loss in 1997 to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue was a victory for its human creators and mankind, not triumph of machine over man. Garry Kasparov, WSJ, "Intelligent Machines Will Teach Us—Not Replace Us," 7 May 2018 America is now home to the world’s speediest supercomputer. Steve Lohr, The Seattle Times, "China extends its lead as most prolific supercomputer maker," 25 June 2018 There’s the Coral venture [of supercomputers at Oak Ridge, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois] and the three [proposed] exascale machines. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Undersecretary Paul Dabbar paints broad vision for Department of Energy science," 13 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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