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 for computron
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  computron
   /kom'pyoo?tron`/, n.
  
      1. [common] A notional unit of computing power combining instruction speed
      and storage capacity, dimensioned roughly in instructions-per-second times
      megabytes-of-main-store times megabytes-of-mass-storage. ?That machine
      can't run GNU Emacs, it doesn't have enough computrons!? This usage is
      usually found in metaphors that treat computing power as a fungible
      commodity good, like a crop yield or diesel horsepower. See bitty box, {
      Get a real computer!, toy, crank.
  
      2. A mythical subatomic particle that bears the unit quantity of
      computation or information, in much the same way that an electron bears one
      unit of electric charge (see also bogon). An elaborate pseudo-scientific
      theory of computrons has been developed based on the physical fact that the
      molecules in a solid object move more rapidly as it is heated. It is argued
      that an object melts because the molecules have lost their information
      about where they are supposed to be (that is, they have emitted
      computrons). This explains why computers get so hot and require air
      conditioning; they use up computrons. Conversely, it should be possible to
      cool down an object by placing it in the path of a computron beam. It is
      believed that this may also explain why machines that work at the factory
      fail in the computer room: the computrons there have been all used up by
      the other hardware. (The popularity of this theory probably owes something
      to the Warlock stories by Larry Niven, the best known being What Good is a
      Glass Dagger?, in which magic is fueled by an exhaustible natural resource
      called mana.)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  computron
  
      /kom'pyoo-tron"/ 1. A notional unit of computing power
     combining execution speed and storage capacity.  E.g. "That
     machine can't run GNU Emacs, it doesn't have enough computrons!"
  
     2. A mythical subatomic particle that carries computation or
     information, in much the same way that an electron carries
     electric charge (see also bogon).
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2013-03-02)
  

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