minicomputer


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minicomputer

[min′ikəmpyoo͡′tər]
Etymology: L, minimum, smallest, computare, to calculate
a medium-sized computer, intermediate in size and processing capacity between a microcomputer and a mainframe computer. Compare mainframe computer, microcomputer.

minicomputer

An obsolete term for a computer with a speed and memory capacity between that of a microcomputer and a mainframe computer.
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The name of the minicomputer refers to the American jets which our invisible to radar.
At the same time, it is a fact that most minicomputer programs are old; they were written many years ago and have been mostly retrofitted and patched.
Typically, a minicomputer processes all information from a single, central computer rather than independent PCs.
It would be nice to have an encryption box at the PC that would encrypt from the PC to the mainframe and work across the line regardless of whether it was a LAN, a minicomputer, or dial-up line.
It tags the results while they're held in the interface microprocessor, or buffer, until they're sent to the minicomputer for storage or reporting.
The three minicomputer giants for which the three men worked stumbled in the late 1980s in the face of the PC revolution.
s PDP-11 minicomputer to support real-time, bidirectional communications with the presses (see PT, Dec.
EXCEPT FOR SOME specialized applications, the minicomputer is no longer the computer purchase of choice among accountants.
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Tarantino, president and chief executive officer, attributed most of the loss to the unexpectedly rapid deterioration of the high margin minicomputer memory market.
All these software applications come together on a client/server computing network built around the DEC VAX and IBM-compatible PCs running software called Reflection 2, which allows the PCs to emulate a minicomputer terminal.
One of the five sections focuses on general DP controls within large computer centers, distributed networks, minicomputer systems and the microcomputer environment.

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