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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To gauge the performance of a supercomputer, computer scientists turn to a standard tool: a set of algorithms called LINPACK that tests how fast the machine solves problems with huge numbers of variables. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "How to evaluate computers that don’t quite exist," 26 June 2019 Go is so complex even a supercomputer can’t calculate good moves by brute force. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An AI Beat the Top Humans at a Modern Video Game Thanks to the Power of Teamwork," 16 Apr. 2019 The algorithm ran on a university supercomputer for three weeks straight. Quanta Magazine, "Sum-of-Three-Cubes Problem Solved for ‘Stubborn’ Number 33," 26 Mar. 2019 The company is best known for developing chips used in everything from supercomputers to video-game systems. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Nvidia’s Crypto Business Dries Up, Worrying Investors," 16 Aug. 2018 The technology inside was developed by Japan’s Junkosha and originally used in supercomputers for its high purity, and now it’s being adapted for the task of channeling tunes into human ears. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons," 11 June 2019 Then came the smartphone—a pocket-size supercomputer that travels everywhere. Kate Bachelder Odell, WSJ, "It’s Not Too Late to Quit Social Media," 25 Jan. 2019 China still has the world’s most supercomputers over all. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "Move Over, China: U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer," 8 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of supercomputer

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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