Mainframe v-business

The emergence of 3D Internet and Virtual Worlds was mentioned on the blog before, especially since Hoplon is running on the Mainframe, as James wrote in his piece. The industry and news outlets are picking up the trend around these metaverses, Reuters has opened a news office in the virtual world, manned by a real world media journalist. He just wrote an interesting article "IBM eyes move into Second Life ‘v-business’".Snapshot004_002

I can see a huge potential for a 3D, highly immersive, presence-aware front to the tons of data stored on the Mainfame and the uncountable business processes running on the big iron. It will be interesting to see who first comes out with a SecondLife gadget that is linked directly to a CICS trans.

by Boas Betzler October 25, 2006 in Innovation


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In January we created probably the world's first CICS blog -- a blog application running on CICS. Fun new workload.

It's amazing to me how many people think that the mainframe is somehow "anti-magical," which is to say that some think it cannot twiddle bits to run games, blogs, serve Web pages, run Java, run C/C++, etc. Fortunately that's changing as more people, like Hoplon's CIO, realize just how fantastic these systems are.

Posted by: Timothy | Oct 26, 2006 1:27:42 AM

You can probably expect that to be from Hursley. :-) After all the people who are widely described as having "the coolest jobs in IBM" work in Hursley in the Emerging Technologies team. I seem to remember Ian Hughes, in particular, telling me over a coffee that he had a past that included CICS.

Here's a link to the Eightbar blog where many of the involved IBMers post interesting stuff:

(I'll be sure to mention the CICS challenge to them.) :-)

Posted by: Martin Packer | Oct 26, 2006 6:07:28 AM

Just a quick update: I've spoken to a number of the right people and there is some enthusiasm for doing this. I even think I've identified a CICS system - visible from outside IBM - to connect to from SecondLife. It ISN'T my day job but is something I think I can get to happen.

Posted by: Martin Packer | Nov 14, 2006 9:48:18 AM

Yesterday I met with a CICS developer who works with the CICS 3.1 support for HTTP. The options for DIRECT connection - so far as CICS is concerned - are Raw HTTP and SOAP. CICS 3.1 has a couple of samples, one in C and the other in Assembler, which should be easy to build on.

In the afternoon I was at a SecondLife meeting in Hursley where we discussed this, inter alia. It seems the SecondLife support for SOAP isn't really there. So the obvious choice is to use Raw HTTP into CICS.
Now I just need to find some time to do this. (I have all the support I need and it looks very doable.)

Posted by: Martin Packer | Nov 21, 2006 6:16:14 AM

If you have any interest in what I'm doing with this you can check out this item in my developerWorks blog:

Posted by: Martin Packer | Nov 23, 2006 4:11:29 AM

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