Mainframe vs Modular - What's the difference?

mainframe | modular |


As a noun mainframe

is (computer hardware) a large, powerful computer able to manage very many simultaneous tasks and communicate with very many connected terminals; used by large, complex organizations (such as banks and supermarkets) where continuously sustained operation is vital.

As an adjective modular is

consisting of separate modules; especially where each module performs or fulfills some specified function and could be replaced by a similar module for the same function, independently of the other modules.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

mainframe

English

(mainframe computer)

Noun

  • (computer hardware) A large, powerful computer able to manage very many simultaneous tasks and communicate with very many connected terminals; used by large, complex organizations (such as banks and supermarkets) where continuously sustained operation is vital
  • Derived terms

    * micromainframe * minimainframe

    modular

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Consisting of separate modules; especially where each module performs or fulfills some specified function and could be replaced by a similar module for the same function, independently of the other modules.
  • (chiefly, mathematics) Of or relating to a module or modules.
  • Antonyms

    * (consisting of separate modules) monolithic

    Derived terms

    * (modular design)