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 team, which grew to more than a hundred and twenty researchers, used nine supercomputer processing centers to sequence and analyze the genomes of forty-eight birds. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 15 July 2022 An even larger supercomputer could execute the algorithm in dozens of seconds, says physicist Pan Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Sophia Chen, Wired, 11 July 2022 Little is known about the company's Project Dojo supercomputer, first unveiled at Tesla AI Day in August. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 9 May 2022 Previously, Yatskov spent a decade at supercomputer-maker Cray and then a decade at a Massachusetts firm called Thermal Form and Function. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 9 May 2022 Tesla’s supercomputer, allegedly among the five most powerful known in the world with over 10,000 graphics processing units. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 Scientists are computing future climate change at 5.34 quadrillion calculations on the Cheyenne supercomputer at National Center for Atmospheric Research. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg published on his Facebook profile that his company will be using a supercomputer to lead the translations through advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities. Faustine Ngila, Quartz, 15 July 2022 Using a supercomputer and a machine learning algorithm, researchers have pinpointed the meteorite's origin to the Terra Cimmeria-Sirenum area on the Red Planet's southern hemisphere. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of supercomputer

1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Supercomputer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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

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: a large very fast computer used especially for scientific computations

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