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gigaflop

Syllabification: gig·a·flop
Pronunciation: /ˈɡiɡəˌfläp
 
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Definition of gigaflop in English:

noun

Computing
A unit of computing speed equal to one billion floating-point operations per second.
Example sentences
  • All it means is that the source of competitive advantage from technology is not in terabytes or gigaflops any more.
  • That's a 720 gigaflop micro-supercomputer that costs less than $9,000, can fit on a bookshelf, and can be up and running in as little time as it takes to connect the network cables.
  • He said the latest terascale supercomputing system has several hundred gigaflops of sustained power on internationally accepted benchmarks and storage of over 10 terabytes.

Origin

1970s: back-formation from gigaflops (see giga-, -flop).

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