frontend processor

front-end processor

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

Origin:
1970–75

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front-end processor
 
n
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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