Supercomputer definition

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A mainframe computer that is among the largest, fastest, or most powerful of those available at a given time.
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An extremely fast and expensive computer, typically used for such complex tasks as scientific simulations, weather forecasting, etc.
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(computing) 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.
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The fastest computer currently available. Supercomputers are typically used for simulations in petroleum exploration and production, structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics, physics and chemistry, electronic design, nuclear energy research and meteorology.Years ago, it took a supercomputer to perform real-time animation, but that changed as high-performance desktop computers became capable of doing the job. Today, supercomputers can have millions of processing cores, and their floating point calculations are measured in quadrillions of operations per second (see petaFLOPS). See supercomputer sites and grid computing.
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supercomputer
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supercomputers

Origin of supercomputer