As we come to the end of 2013, it seems like a good time to take a look back and a look forward as well.
I found a great source of information on the venerable S/360 project on an IBM site, with a title of The 360 Revolution. It really brought back some great memories of my early days in the computer industry. When I started out working with IBM gear as a young pup in college, the input medium of choice was punch cards, and I used them to run programs on a (at the time) screaming fast 360/65. Another person who used the very same machine is Dr. Randy Kaplan. Both the program and the data were typically in the same deck. And of course the larger the deck the more advanced or prestigious the programmer! (well, in his or her own mind perhaps)
Today we have input and output on extremely fast solid state devices, such as IBM's Flash-optimized IBM DS8870.
I'll return to some of these themes in a future post, but first a quick look to the future. You'll note that a common theme in the anecdotes above is IBM innovation. We were the first with a common family of processors (S/360). We've been in the forefront of disk systems, from the RAMAC to the DS8870. And we're not done! Sign up for the announcement coming in January 2014 and see what's next from IBM.