We all have our favorite mainframes. For many it will surely be the new and sophisticated mainframe Z9. For me there are four mainframes that standout among my memories. First was the GE 225 at Lehigh University where I was an electrical engineering student (1963-1967). The programming language used was called WIZ and it was very similar to BASIC. Programs were literally written on paper and then punched into "IBM Cards" using a keypunch. The deck of cards was then "submitted" through a plastic window. Hours later (sometimes days) the results of the program, known as a "printout" were placed in bins where students could pick them up.
I was fortunate to be able to go to graduate school at the University of South Florida part time while I was serving in the U.S. Army at the U.S. STRIKE Command in Tampa, Florida (STRIKE stood for swift tactical retaliation in any known environment). My masters thesis was in operations research and GPSS was the programming language I used to build simulation models. Like using the GE 225, programs were created on punched cards and submitted through a window -- this time to an IBM System 360 Model 65. The model 65 was a giant of computing at the time -- many times faster than the GE 225. Mainframe #3 is one I got to know up close and personal. (read more)
|by John R Patrick||August 16, 2005 in History |
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My favorite was the IBM 7040, which arrived after I'd mastered the IBM 650. After that, the CDC 6600 and 7600.
Big machines. I also worked on the Cray 1.
Some history on my website at:
Posted by: richard friedman | Aug 18, 2005 2:02:19 AM
For me it would have to the the 360/67. What made it different from the 360/65 was the DAT box that allowed us to run virtual and that left us wondering what the big deal was when IBM announced the S370.
Posted by: Paul Tremblett | Aug 22, 2005 8:43:07 PM
I just want to make it known to everyone that
z/OS (aka MVS) isn't IBM's ONLY mainframe OS. z/VSE (aka VSE/ESA) is too.
Posted by: Robert Botsis | Oct 26, 2005 4:11:28 AM
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