When did 'compute' become a noun, and 'x' become a word?

Subject: When did 'compute' become a noun, and 'x' become a word?
From: "John Bartol" <johnbartol -at- jaggedpeak -dot- ca>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 09:19:20 -0700

I attended (part of) a developer's summit this week (I *used* to be a
developer, now I'm a writer), and heard two words, repeatedly, that were
driving me crazy J.

- 'x' and 'compute' - As in "This device delivers a 10x increase in
compute over this other device", where '10x' is pronounced as "ten ex" and
means "ten times", and 'compute' means "computational power".

Have hardware/low-level developers been using these words in this way all
along, or is it something relatively new? Just curious.

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