A mainframe very expensive and quite large computer that is able to support thousands of users simultaneously. Mainframes and supercomputers are close to each other in that the mainframe can handle more processes at the same time than a supercomputer but the super computer can open one application quicker than the mainframe, mainframe and minicomputers are practically the same and it is basically down to the manufacturer to decide on the name of the computer when it is in development. The mainframe started to develop in the 1950s and has continued to develop to this day, like I stated earlier that are designed to cope with high volumes of input and output.

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