What Does Computer-Intensive Mean?

Computer intensive is a term that applies to any computing application that requires multiple computational resources, such as grid computing.


Techopedia Explains Computer-Intensive

Grid computing uses a combination of computer resources to achieve a common goal. This distributed system can deal with a large number of files and process a large workload. Grid computing, therefore, is considered to be a computer-intensive process.

There is no precise measure of how much is "intensive." As technology improves over time, what was once an intensive application is easier to perform on cheaper hardware.


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