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Big iron (computing)
- Created 2012-03-12
For other uses of the term, see
Big iron (disambiguation)
, as the
's dictionary the
defines it, "refers to large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. It is used generally for number crunching
s such as
s, but can include more conventional big commercial
The term is often used in reference to
s, often when discussing their comeback/survival after the assault of lower cost
systems. More recently the term is also applied to powerful computer servers and
es, whose steel racks naturally invoke the same association.
The expression may be compared with the
expression for heavy
s, derived from the slang "
" for a handgun ("shooting iron"), as exemplified by the classic
about "the ranger with the big iron on his hip".
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