mainframe definition

  • noun:
    • a sizable effective computer, often serving many attached terminals and in most cases used by big complex businesses.
    • A large, effective computer system in a position to manage very many simultaneous tasks and keep in touch with very many connected terminals; employed by big, complex organizations (eg financial institutions and supermarkets) where constantly sustained procedure is a must
    • A large electronic computer system serving 100-400 users and occupying a particular air-conditioned room. At any given part of growth of computer system technology, the mainframe should be faster, have huge primary memeory, and be even more capable than a minicomputer, that will in turn feel faster and more able than a personal computer. The standard laptop or computer in 1999 is quicker than a mainframe was at 1970.
    • The board keeping the CPU and memory developing the central section of a pc to which the peripherals tend to be attached.
    • a big digital computer offering 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
    • (computer system technology) the part of a pc (a microprocessor processor chip) that does a lot of the data handling

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