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mainframe

a large-scale COMPUTER with big data-storage facilities which is often accessible simultaneously from many terminals. Mainframe computers are used by large data-processing departments in businesses for sales and purchase ledger record-keeping, etc.

As MICROCOMPUTERS and MINICOMPUTERS become more powerful in terms of data-processing, speed and data-storage capacity, the distinction between the three types of computer has become blurred.

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"There was forty feet between them when they stopped to make their play And the swiftness of the ranger is still talked about today Texas Red had not cleared leather fore a bullet fairly ripped And the ranger's aim was deadly with the big iron on his hip Big iron on his hip"
As an alternative to big iron, NI introduced its PXI-based Semiconductor Test System at NIWeek 2014 and highlighted it at this year's SEMICON West.
The Bus carrying the newly-wed couple and relatives was returning from the wedding when the 11 Kilo-volt high-tension power line touched with a big iron box loaded atop of the vehicle near Khairpur Nathan Shah area on Indus Highway, setting off a blaze.
Big Iron Solutions introduces a set of consulting and managed security service solutions that will enable organizations to quickly identify, secure and monitor credit card data in order to meet PCI-DSS requirements.
He said: "They used the Jaguar to drive through the big iron gates, smashing them off their hinges and into the middle of the road.