[rescue] AS/400? Anyone?

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Sat Jan 19 12:16:25 CST 2008

Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 03:07:47PM +0000, Mark wrote:
>> Have IBM ever done anything that is a good General Purpose machine? A lot of
>> people think POWER is too floating point biased. Cell BE definitely is.
> The 370. It's instruction set included decimal, binary and floating point
> arithmetic, decent multiprocessor support, etc.
> The instruction set was so rich that except for conversion to and
> from various forms of numbers (binary to floating point for example),
> and I/O, COBOL programs could be translated into one instruction
> per statment.

Of course, considering that COBOL is possibly the most verbose 
programing language ever invented .....

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