# Flops

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## Definition Edit

**Flops** is an acronym of **flo**ating point **op**eration**s** per second. It is a measure of a computer's performance, especially in fields of scientific calculations that make heavy use of floating point calculations.

## Overview Edit

The term *floating point* refers to a particular format for numbers (scientific notation) within the computer that is used for scientific calculation. A floating point *operation* refers to a single arithmetic step, such as multiplying or divid- ing two numbers, using the floating point format. Thus, FLOPS measure the speed of the arithmetic processor.