Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mainframe computer that is among the largest, fastest, or most powerful of those available at a given time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any computer that has a far greater processing power than others of its day; typically they use more than one core and are housed in large clean rooms with high air flow to permit cooling. Typical uses are weather forecasting, nuclear simulations and animations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mainframe computer that is one of the most powerful available at a given time

Etymologies

super- +‎ computer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term supercomputer is used for room-sized hardware installations that work together on massive calculating jobs.

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  • The world's biggest, fastest supercomputer is now in China.

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  • In 2000, it sold its interest in supercomputer maker Cray Research.

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  • Japan's three main supercomputer manufacturers — Fujitsu, NEC Corp. and Hitachi Co. — were among the world's biggest suppliers in the early 1990s.

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  • We pondered how often hardware errors occur in supercomputer installations, and whether if they did it would affect the software.

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  • It took less than two years for the Blue Brain supercomputer to accurately simulate a neocortical column, which is a tiny slice of brain containing approximately 10,000 neurons, with about 30 million synaptic connections between them.

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  • So your supercomputer is probably on your desktop already.

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  • Sure, being smart and having a Cray supercomputer is a help, but anybody can use mathematics to calculate risk, contingencies, or help decide who shall live, and who shall die.

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  • In particular, a chess-playing supercomputer is named "The Turk," which of course is a reference to a chess-playing machine constructed by Wolfgang von Kempelen in 1769, and which continued to baffle audiences well into the nineteenth century, though it was actually an elaborate magic trick, operated from within by a human chess expert (Wood 2002: 60-110).

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  • Our 10 billion brain cells have often been described as a supercomputer, but like all computers, they follow the rule of GIGO: “Garbage in, Garbage out.”

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