big iron

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big iron definition

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(Or "heavy metal [Cambridge]) Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of number crunching supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. The term implies approval, in contrast to "dinosaur".
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(2000-11-09)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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