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Big Iron

(1) Slang term used to mean a mainframe, a very large and expensive computer capable of supporting hundreds, or even thousands, of users simultaneously. It is widely believed that the term Big Iron was derived from early mainframes, which were enclosed in room-size metal frames.

(2) Slang term used by hackers to describe large, expensive and ultra-fast computers, usually meaning supercomputers.

 

 







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