I know I've heard this word but cannot place it. Help please?

I'm looking for the slang-like/tech jargon term one might read in a computer software developers' discussion or email exchange, if performance of something computer-related under development failed dreadfully (or was dismally/catastrophically poor) in a given case.

The usage is something like "Testing went well, but output performance planked (or whatever the word is) when we added a second network card..."

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    Do you mean "crashed"? Usually reserved for complete failure -- the computer (or the program being discussed) ceasing to operate. Or are you looking for "tanked" -- when some measure of performance dips precipitously.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 2, 2018 at 12:19
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    "Borked" or "is borken"? (Slang, very superlative of "broken")
    – wizzwizz4
    Apr 2, 2018 at 12:32
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    Tanked is the one. Borked will also do. I was almost there! Do you want to post them as an answers, since both are valid?
    – Stilez
    Apr 2, 2018 at 13:59
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    @PhotoScientist - I'm guessing Tesla's folks try to avoid that term as well.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 2, 2018 at 17:10
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    There are so many it seems to me - many types of negatives would work like "stunk" or "went to hell" or "disintegrated" .. however "cratered" is one that has a bit of an engineering flavor to it to my ear. imploded is another one that has a bit of physics to it.
    – Tom22
    Apr 2, 2018 at 21:00

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‘Coredumped’. Archaic, from UNIX crash report on TTY.

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    Welcome to ELU, please consider adding a link to your source.
    – JJJ
    Apr 2, 2018 at 18:14
  • "Coredumped" is a term for an actual action computer systems can take, and is not appropriate in this context if a coredump didn't actually happen.
    – TheSuper
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:14
  • It can be used as slang, so it's entirely appropriate. Upvoting to offset.
    – Stilez
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:55

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