In spring and summer 2012, IBM ran its Master the Mainframe Contest for students across Australia, drawing hundreds of participants.
Congratulations to Pravin Kumar of the Monash University in Victoria, the overall winner of the IBM Australia
Master the Mainframe 2012 competition! We hope Pravin enjoys the 11"
Apple MacBook Air that he won through his determination and his demonstration
of impressive mainframe skills!
To all of this year's participants and winners, we hope you enjoyed the contest and picked up some marketable new skills!
When is the contest?
The contest ran from 10 Sep 2012 to 10 Nov 2012.
Registration is now closed, but check back next year for the chance to Master the Mainframe and win more prizes!
What is a mainframe, anyway?
On 28 August 2012, IBM introduced its most powerful, scalable and energy-efficient
mainframe server ever, the IBM zEnterprise EC12, the result of over one
billion dollars of research and development. This machine sports up to
120 of the world's fastest microprocessors, running at 5.5Ghz. It also
has up to 3 terabytes of RAM, plus additional coprocessors for specialized
tasks such as running JAVA applications at maximum performance and dealing
with heavy database workloads. Cool? Cool.
Check out this writeup in the New York Times or kick back and take a look at the specifications!