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  • n  a large digital computer serving 100-400 users and occupying a special air-conditioned room
  • n  (computer science) the part of a computer (a microprocessor chip) that does most of the data processing

  • More important, sales of large IBM mainframe computers, which account for about 70% of the company's $50 billion in revenues, are being hurt by archrival Digital Equipment Corp .
  • Despite its size, however, the mainframe does its work all but invisibly, behind the closed doors of a special, climate-controlled room.
  • Created as attachments to enable refrigerator-size mainframe computers to serve many clients at once, servers now have become the main attraction--helping firms of all sizes do .
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  • Steve Wozniak in Sci-Tech Today
    One of the major pioneers behind the home computer revolution, Wozniak said the marketplace "has not seen such capacity for innovation and radical transformation since the mainframe computer was replaced by the home computer."
  • Bill Hilf in InfoWorld
    By working with Micro Focus we are improving the value attained by mainframe customers choosing to go with the Windows platform for their modernization strategy, and improving the ROI helping them reduce the costs of their deployment efforts,...
  • Ma Ying-jeou in 940 News
    There really is a Sony that lives inside of us, and there's an aspiring Yahoo! or Google that lives inside of us, and there's an IBM mainframe-software business that lurks inside of us, and there's a desktop-software business - where we don't have... Steve Ballmer Seattle Times Jul 28, 2006 60538 80841 mainland When we improve relations with the mainland, we will also strengthen our security ties with Washington," Ma told reporters.

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