Mainframes, MVS, zOS and Related Languages Support Forums Help & Support Forum for and by Mainframe Users 2013-08-18T04:48:56+00:00 2013-08-18T04:48:56+00:00 2013-08-18T04:48:56+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Re: Martin Goetz.]]> Statistics: Posted by Disha Shetty — Sun Aug 18, 2013 4:48 am

2013-08-17T15:29:32+00:00 2013-08-17T15:29:32+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Martin Goetz.]]> Martin Goetz

If there's a single person most responsible for creating the software industry as we know it, it's Martin Goetz. Co-founder of Applied Data Research. Martin A. Goetz (born April 22, 1930) was a pioneer in the development of the commercial software industry. He holds the first software patent, and was product manager of Autoflow from Applied Data Research (ADR), which is generally cited as the first commercial software application.

Goetz received the first software patent in 1968, and in 1969 ADR sued IBM for anti-competitive practices related to software, which contributed to IBM's "unbundling" in 1970--no longer including free software as part of the mainframe sale. Except, of course, for its operating systems.

In the early 1960s, the status of software as a standalone industry was unclear. Software was generally custom-developed for a single customer, bundled with hardware, or given away free. Goetz and ADR played a substantial role in defining software as a standalone product, and clarifying that it could be protected by intellectual property laws.

In 2007, Computerworld cited Goetz as an "Unsung Innovator" in the computer industry. In late 2009, Goetz wrote an editorial in the patent blog Patently-O advocating software patents. Goetz argues that there is no principled difference between software and hardware patents and that truly patent-able software innovations require just as much ingenuity and advancement as any other kind of patent-able subject matter.

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2013-08-17T13:37:25+00:00 2013-08-17T13:37:25+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Louis V. Gerstner.]]> Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Louis V. Gerstner was chairman of the board of IBM Corporation from April 1993 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as chief executive officer of IBM from 1993 until March 2002. In January 2003 he assumed the position of chairman of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm located in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Gerstner served for four years as chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. This was preceded by an 11-year career at American Express Company, where he was president of the parent company and chairman and CEO of its largest subsidiary, American Express Travel Related Services Company. Prior to that, Mr. Gerstner was a director of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., Inc., which he joined in 1965.

A native of Mineola, New York, Mr. Gerstner received a bachelor's degree in engineering from Dartmouth College in 1963 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of U.S. universities.

Mr. Gerstner is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and a member of the advisory boards of DaimlerChrysler and Sony Corporation. He is vice chairman of the board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of The Business Council, and a fellow of the America-China Forum. In past years he served on the Boards of The New York Times Company, American Express Company, AT&T, Caterpillar, Inc., Jewel Companies, Melville Corporation, and RJR Nabisco Holdings Co.

A lifetime advocate of the importance of quality education, Mr. Gerstner recently created a Commission on Teaching to develop specific policy recommendations to deal with the teaching crisis America is facing. From 1996 to 2002 he co-chaired Achieve, an organization created by U.S. Governors and business leaders to drive high academic standards for public schools in the United States. At IBM he established Reinventing Education as a strategic partnership with 21 states and school districts which utilize IBM technology and technical assistance to eliminate key barriers to school reform and improve student performance. He is co-author of the book Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools (Dutton 1994).

He has received numerous awards for his work in education, among them the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service to Education - Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Distinguished Service to Science and Education award from the American Museum of Natural History.

In recognition of his efforts on behalf of public education, as well as his business accomplishments, Mr. Gerstner was awarded the designation of honorary Knight of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in June 2001.

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2013-08-16T04:43:49+00:00 2013-08-16T04:43:49+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Bob Evans.]]> Image

Bob Overton Evans (August 19, 1927 – September 2, 2004), also known as "Boe" Evans, was a computer pioneer and corporate executive at IBM (International Business Machines). He led the groundbreaking development of compatible computers that changed the industry.

He had the overall management responsibility for development of the System/360 mainframe in the 1960s. President Ronald Reagan honored him with the National Medal of Technology in 1985 for his work on the System/360.

Evans began working at IBM in 1951 as a junior engineer after earning a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. When he retired from IBM 33 years later, he was vice president of engineering, programming and technology.

As stated earlier, in the 1960s, Evans led a team that developed a new class of mainframe computers called the System/360, or S/360, which allowed different applications to be run simultaneously. IBM invested $5 billion in the project at a time when the company's annual revenue came to $3.2 billion.

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan recognized Evans' work on the project with the National Medal of Technology. In 1991, he was presented with a Computer Pioneer Award from the Computing Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. From 1981 to 1995, Evans acted as a chief science adviser to the government of Taiwan, and later helped to start Taiwan's Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp.


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2013-08-11T11:58:34+00:00 2013-08-11T11:58:34+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Re: Joe Piscopo.]]>

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2013-08-09T06:57:06+00:00 2013-08-09T06:57:06+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Joe Piscopo.]]> Image

If you've worked with Financial Institutions having their Business running on Mainframes - you must have worked with Panvalet and Easytrieve. If not directly, you have been using them remotely and the Man behind them is - Joseph A. Piscopo. Joseph A. Piscopo retired in 1987 after 18 years as the Chairman and C.E.O. of Pansophic Systems, Incorporated (NYSE: ‘PNS’). This firm was founded by him in 1969. Before starting with his own venture, he, Piscopo was a programmer at the Joliet Arsenal, lead programmer at Montgomery Ward & Co. (Chicago), and Technical Vice President of a small software firm in Chicago.

Joseph A. Piscopo attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. After the university he founded Pansophic Systems in 1969. During 1970s The Company saw the rapid growth, as its Panvalet Source Code management system for Mainframes and Easytrieve. Easytrieve report generation software ranked among the industry's most successful products and still many of use it. He also works as "angel" investor in technology firms.

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Donald Haderle is an American computer scientist and IBM Fellow. He is considered to be the father of the DB2 database. A 37-year employee of IBM, Haderle, 62, led the technical team that created DB2 from the 1970s through the early 1990s. He is credited with more than 50 database patents and disclosures. He retired from IBM last year after serving 14 years as vice president and chief technology officer at the information management division of IBM.

Haderle was appointed IBM Fellow in 1989 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008. Before his retirement from IBM in 2005, he was vice president and chief technology officer for information management. He received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of California Berkeley in 1967. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (2000).

In August 2012, Haderle joined Aerospike (company), a company working in a NoSQL Database called Aerospike database as Technology advisor.

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2013-08-02T05:31:59+00:00 2013-08-02T05:31:59+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Pete Clark.]]> Image

Pete Clark is the founder of WAVV -- World Alliance of VSE, VM, and Linux.

WAVV is a user group promoting the interests of the users of the VSE, VM, and Linux operating systems. WAVV holds an annual conference consisting of over 100 educational sessions as well as a vendor show where vendors of VSE, VM, and Linux related products can show their wares and meet with current customers.

Pete Clark was instrumental in causing IBM to reverse their plans in the late 1980s to phase out VSE in favor of the MVS operating system.

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2013-07-28T11:52:50+00:00 2013-07-28T11:52:50+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • H. Pat Artis.]]> Image

H. Pat Artis is a well-known expert in workload characterization, forecasting, simulation modeling, I/O subsystem design and capacity planning. He received the A. A. Michelson Award for his fundamental contributions to computer metrics is the co-author of the book MVS I/O Subsystems: Configuration Management and Performance Analysis.

Following list sums up his professional career:

1986-present: President and Founder of Performance Associates, Pagosa Springs, CO Responsible for the design and development of the PAI/O Driver family of software products, provision of consulting services to Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies, and presentation of professional seminars related to I/O architecture and storage replication for open and z/OS systems.

1981-1986: Director of Analytic Systems, Morono Associates, Vienna, VA Responsible for the development of analytic products to complement and exploit the information contained in the MICS Data Base system. Products included accounting, performance management, and capacity planning.

1972-1981: Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Piscataway, NJ Responsible for the development of tool sets for capacity planning and performance management of computer systems. Demonstrated the application of pattern recognition algorithms for the characterization of computer workloads. Developed workload characterization and tools for UNIX I/O performance.


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2013-07-26T12:53:02+00:00 2013-07-26T12:53:02+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Re: We made a Century!!]]> Making Century is a history now -- We made Much More than a Double Century!

Most users ever online was 250 on 26 Jul 2013
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2013-07-26T04:48:11+00:00 2013-07-26T04:48:11+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • "Report This Post" is activated.]]>
The "Report This Post Button" can be found as the first button with exclamation sign ("!"), at bottom right of any post. The pictorial representation is shown below:

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2013-07-25T05:33:29+00:00 2013-07-25T05:33:29+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Mainframe evolution - A video.]]> Mainframe evolution - watch and enjoy!


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2013-07-19T19:11:01+00:00 2013-07-19T19:11:01+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Re: We made a Century!!]]>
Today it is 165!!!

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2013-07-18T05:35:38+00:00 2013-07-18T05:35:38+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • We made a Century!!]]>

We got 121 users online Yesterday, on 17 Jul 2013 at 22:54. You can check that at the bottom of Board Index. This will be shown like this: "Most users ever online was 121 on 17 Jul 2013 22:54".

That's a great achievement.

Thanks for Liking and showing the trust in to the Labor we're putting in, much appreciate that,


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2013-07-15T05:29:49+00:00 2013-07-15T05:29:49+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • COBOL Books.]]> Title : Murach's Structured COBOL
Author : Mike Murach, et al


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An introduction and reference to COBOL. Early chapters allow beginners to code, compile, test, and debug simple interactive programs right away. Later chapters give techniques for designing and coding structured programs, cover specifics needed for developing COBOL programs for IBM mainframes, and...

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2013-07-14T17:59:35+00:00 2013-07-14T17:59:35+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Gene Amdahl.]]> Image

We tend to think that the phenomenon of engineers and scientists being at the top of a company is something that started with Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak or Gary Kildal. But this just isn’t the case. Even back in the days when IBM was the single most important computer company, it was possible for one of its engineers to escape and make an impact that disturbed even Big Blue.

Gene Amdahl was born in Flandreau, South Dakota, in 1922. He holds a B.S. in engineering physics (1948) from South Dakota State University and M.S. and Ph.D. (1952) degrees in theoretical physics from the University of Wisconsin. Gene Amdahl is a physicist who got into computers because he wanted to work out something complicated. In 1950 he was asked by one of his professors to calculate whether the nuclear strong force was really enough to hold together a nucleus. For thirty days Amdahl slaved over a slide rule and a mechanical desk calculator to provide only two more significant digits to the solution. This is the sort of experience that drove many a scientist to become a computer pioneer.

Amdahl had taught physics, and then electronics, to the navy during the war and was well able to understand what was going on in the new field of electronic digital computers. In 1951 he started to build the Wisconsin Integrally Synchronized Computer (WISC). It had a floating point unit and could execute four instructions in parallel. This was very advanced for the time and indicated Amdahl’s flair for digital electronics and systems. The machine itself wasn’t finished for many years because it was used as a training project in electronics but it served its purpose and Amdahl got a PhD out of it - but in theoretical physics!

In 1952 he joined IBM and ended up in the New York plant where the IBM 701 defence calculator was just being finished. It was already clear that something more powerful was needed and so he was set to work, as chief planner and project engineer, on its replacement, the 704.

At IBM, Amdahl worked on the IBM 704, the IBM 709, and then the Stretch project, the basis for the IBM 7030. He left IBM in December 1955 but returned in September 1960 (after working at Ramo Wooldridge and at Aeronutronic). On his return he worked on the System/360 family architecture and became an IBM Fellow in 1965, and head of the ACS Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. He left IBM again in September 1970, after his ideas for computer development were rejected, and set up Amdahl Corporation in Sunnyvale, California with aid from Fujitsu.

Competing with IBM in the mainframe market, the company manufactured "plug-compatible" mainframes, shipping its first machine in 1975 – the Amdahl 470V/6, a less expensive, more reliable and faster replacement for the System 370/168. By purchasing an Amdahl 470 and plug-compatible peripheral devices from third-party manufacturers, customers could now run S/360 and S/370 applications without buying actual IBM hardware. Amdahl's software team developed VM/PE, software designed to optimize the performance of IBM's MVS operating system when running under IBM's VM operating system. By 1979 Amdahl Corporation had sold over a US $1 billion[citation needed] of V6 and V7 mainframes and had over 6,000 employees worldwide. The corporation went on to distribute an IBM-plug-compatible front-end processor (the 4705) as well as high-performance disk drives, both jointly developed with Fujitsu engineers.

At the Spring Joint Computer Conference, Amdahl along with three other computer architects, most notably Dan Slotnick, ILLIAC IV architect, engaged in a discussion on future architectural trends. Amdahl argued, verbally and in three written pages, for performance limitations in any special feature or mode introduced to new machines. This resulted in two, major and lesser, "laws" of computer performance regarding sequential vs. parallel processing. These arguments continue to this day.

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2013-07-13T19:09:12+00:00 2013-07-13T19:09:12+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • IBM History - 1 - S/360 Family]]> Statistics: Posted by Anuj Dhawan — Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:09 pm

2013-07-13T11:40:17+00:00 2013-07-13T11:40:17+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • Bob Yelavich.]]> Image

Bob Yelavich was very active with the introduction of the System/360 in 1964. After that he spent the rest of his career working with CICS. If Ben Riggins was the “Father of CICS” then, Bob was the “Godfather of CICS”. He was also the publisher of the cleverly titled newsletter, “Follow the Yelavich Road”.

During Bob's 40 year IBM career, he worked with CICS since its inception in 1968. Bob received numerous IBM awards for his work with CICS, including an IBM Outstanding Contribution award in 1970 for his development of early CICS eduction materials; an IBM Exceptional Achievement award in1983 for writing the CICS Macro Level Scan Program which assisted thousands of customer to migrate from macro level programming to the newer CICS Command Level interface; and in 1985, Bob was promoted to Senior Technical Staff Member, the first such promotion in the IBM marketing division. Since his retirement from IBM at the end of 1996, Bob has continued to be involved with CICS, presenting at IBM or IBM Business Partner sponsored CICS seminars, writing the very popular CICS Newsletter, presenting at the annual CICS Technical Conference, and consulting with many customers and Independent Software Vendors.

Bob Yelavich, former IBM’er and “the godfather of CICS“, passed away on January 21, 2009.

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2013-07-05T06:37:27+00:00 2013-07-05T06:37:27+00:00 <![CDATA[The People, The Books and The History. • The Books and The History - What is this Forum about?]]> The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read - as said by Abraham Lincoln. This Forum is formed with the intention to help you to get in to a direction where you can find which book to read for what.

The scope of the Forum is Technology Books on Computer Science, primarily dealing with zOS and related Technologies literature.

As they say, a good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend - come let's make some friends today!

We've also added the "The History" section in this part of the Forum - where in we'd like to put in the history of Technolgy Developments, mostly mainframes. Things were not always the way we see them today, and trust us - History teaches you a lot.

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