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[soo-per-kuh m-pyoo-ter, soo-per-kuh m-pyoo-ter] /ˈsu pər kəmˌpyu tər, ˌsu pər kəmˈpyu tər/
a very fast, powerful mainframe computer, used in advanced military and scientific applications.
Origin of supercomputer Unabridged
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a powerful computer that can process large quantities of data of a similar type very quickly
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supercomputing, noun
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Word Origin and History for supercomputer

1968, from super- + computer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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supercomputer in Technology

A broad term for one of the fastest computers currently available. Such computers are typically used for number crunching including scientific simulations, (animated) graphics, analysis of geological data (e.g. in petrochemical prospecting), structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics, physics, chemistry, electronic design, nuclear energy research and meteorology. Perhaps the best known supercomputer manufacturer is Cray Research.
A less serious definition, reported from about 1990 at The University Of New South Wales states that a supercomputer is any computer that can outperform IBM's current fastest, thus making it impossible for IBM to ever produce a supercomputer.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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