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pendulum
an object suspended from a cord which swings back and forth
period
length of time for one cycle of a pendulum swing
dot pitch
distance in mm between like-colored pixels
duty cycle
manufacturer's estimate on how long a printer can keep working before it needs a rest
Exabyte
unit of memory or storage equal to 1,000 petabytes
FLOPS
floating point operations per second; measure of speed of supercomputers
magnetic media
method of storage for data found on hard disks
mainframe
large computers used to process business transactions
memory
location inside computer that holds instructions
Mips
millions of instructions per second; measure of speed of mainframes
OPS
operations per second; measure of speed of supercomputers
optical disks
method of data storage including CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray disks
Petabyte
unit of memory or storage equal to 1,000 terabytes
processing
coordinating and translating the instructions of computer's functions
solid state
method of data storage including flash drives