New Mainframe Master Attends High School

A warm congratulations to 11th grader Sushen Patel who bested 1,749 college students (mostly) to win the 2007 Master the Mainframe Contest. Sushen managed to finish the tough Part 3 with the fastest time, and he'll receive a Ninendo Wii game console as a reward. (Maybe that'll slow him down next time?) Sushen attends Highland Park High School in Dallas.

This past semester's contest drew a record number of contestants from 325 educational institutions across the U.S. and Canada. (Others could and did participate from around the world, although only the North Americans could win prizes. Such are the legal issues, I guess.) Many submitted photos of themselves. I hope everyone had fun, and I know IBM certainly enjoyed awarding the nearly 1,000 prizes. If you participated, congratulations as well: you're already ahead of your peers.

Update: Computerworld and NetworkWorld both published interesting stories about zNextGen, SHARE's group of new and aspiring mainframe professionals and their mentors.

by Timothy Sipples January 30, 2008 in Contest
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IBM CFO: "Next Generation Mainframe in February"

From CFO Mark Loughridge's prepared remarks discussing IBM's 4th quarter 2007 earnings:

...This marks the tenth quarter of a long and successful technology cycle for System z. In 2008 we’ll move to our next generation mainframe, with announcement and availability in late February. This next generation System z has 50 percent more capacity than the current z9, enables unprecedented levels of workload consolidation and extends mainframe’s leadership in energy efficiency, security and resiliency.

by Timothy Sipples January 25, 2008 in Systems Technology
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Your Home Mainframe?

I've had fun contemplating having a real mainframe in my home. So it's with great interest that I watch this z890 for sale on eBay.

Please don't outbid me.

Update #1: Darn, I didn't win. Congratulations, packman3, you're now the proud owner of a dual IFL (only) z890 at the attractive price of $40,000 (plus pick-up in Florida). Nice job!

Update #2: Check out the comments. Packman3 says this machine really is a 2086-160 model with two IFLs and 32 GB of memory. Good deal!

Update #3: The seller talks to Computerworld.

by Timothy Sipples January 18, 2008 in Economics
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