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big iron

(jargon)
(Or "heavy metal [Cambridge]) Large, expensive, ultra-fast computers. Used generally of number crunching supercomputers such as Crays, but can include more conventional big commercial IBMish mainframes. The term implies approval, in contrast to "dinosaur".
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big iron

Big iron refers to the largest computers that are available at any given time. See mainframe.
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