A large computer or collection of computers that act as one large computer capable of processing enormous amounts of data. Supercomputers are used for very complex jobs such as nuclear research or collecting and calculating weather patterns. Below is an example picture of a super computer at the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, the Linux-based supercomputer is composed of nearly 2,000 processors. Courtesy: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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Also see: Cloud computing, Computer, Cray, Mainframe, MPP, Network terms, Server, Server farm