• WordNet 3.6
    • n mainframe (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing "the CPU and the memory form the central part of a computer to which the peripherals are attached"
    • n mainframe a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
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In literature:

Jolnet also ran UNIX, and could be contacted at high speed by mainframe machines from all over the world.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Which is when I spotted a sporty looking lady way across on the other side of the floor, over by the climate-controlled NEC mainframe.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover

In news:

The goal isn't to get people interested in mainframes necessarily, but for those getting into the mainframe , there wasn't a community for them to speak and reach out to.
To Sell 20 Mainframe Computers.
Acquisition broadens Informatica's enterprise data integration capabilities with mainframe connectivity and change data capture technology.
Informatica Acquires Mainframe Data Specialist Striva.
Japanese Mainframe Computers Shipments Down Nov 12, 2002 Printable format Email this Article Search.
's sixth generation mainframe since 1994 -- will give the company a head start in sales over some even more powerful machines due out in September from the Hitachi Data Systems.
A Mainframe 's Little Sibling.
Hiraguri said that he expected Fujitsu would install 300 of its newest mainframes over the next three years.
In reality, speed ratings of mainframes are about as meaningful as the top speed shown on the speedometer of a sports car: it may look impressive, but no one actually drives that fast. With mainframe computers, the conversation is often about moving applications off of them, but are you saying enterprises are investing in new mainframes .
We just recently signed a deal for new mainframes for the next five years.
I think a lot of big companies are continuing to invest in mainframes .
The Social Security Administration is bracing for massive increases in data that will tax its mainframe capacity following the implementation of the new Medicare drug benefit plan and the retirement of the baby boomers.
Mainframes, personal computing, and the Internet have all transformed the world of business technology for both enterprises and technology vendors.
Rather than rip-and-replace, optimize your mainframe MIPS for key applications and understanding where you can redeploy MIPS-heavy workloads to alternative, more cost-effective platforms without introducing significant risk.

In science:

Example of a bad generator: RANDU RANDU is a linear congruential PRNG of the Park-Miller type that was installed as the standard generator on IBM mainframe computers in the 1960s.
Random Numbers in Scientific Computing: An Introduction
The cost-benefit remains but the additional up-front cost typically affords excellent hardware redundancy and maintenance programs that used to only be associated with traditional supercomputers and mainframes.
Cluster Computing White Paper
These systems are a logical extension of the batch job environments on old mainframes.
Cluster Computing White Paper
It had to be done on fairly expensive general purpose mainframe computers.
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
BOINC is “a software platform for distributed computing using volunteered computer resources.” That is, you can download BOINC software to your home computer (or mainframe) and join any of a number of worthwhile pro jects via the internet.
Astrophysics in 2006