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front-end processor


noun Computers.

a small computer or other dedicated device that performs preliminary processing of data for a host computer.

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Origin of front-end processor

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for front-end processor

front-end processor


noun

a small computer that receives data from input devices and performs some initial processing tasks on it before passing it to a more powerful computer for final processing
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