[rescue] looking for IBM System/36 software

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 12:48:18 CDT 2015

I too confused application to technology - if it was made to generate
accounting reports, how interesting could the technology be?


> On Apr 9, 2015, at 10:15 AM, Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:
>> On 04/09/2015 08:30 AM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>> As I recall, the AS/400s were also very interesting machines - from a
>> technology implementation perspective. I seem to recall they could emulate
>> microcode?) earlier System/36-type systems...
>  As I understand it, one or two very early models of AS/400 have this
> ability.  Apparently they can run an entire copy of SSP (the System/36
> operating system) in what amounts to a virtual machine.
>  Very interesting indeed.
>  I am hoping to learn a lot more about that.  There's some very
> interesting technology in those machines.  All my life I had dismissed
> them as dull, closed, "all business" machines, where my focus has always
> been on scientific computing.  But dull they most certainly are
> not...those IBMers did some really good stuff in those designs.  They
> really knew what they were doing.
>                -Dave
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> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ/3
> New Kensington, PA
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