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The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Jr. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Frederick P. Brooks

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24. Case Study: System/360 Architecture

Basic programming model of the IBM System/360Blaauw and Brooks [1997], Computer Architecture, Figure 12-78

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IBM’s $5,000,000,000 gamble

TOM A. WISE [1966], FORTUNE MAGAZINE

[The IBM System/360 mainframe and its compatible successors]... was the workhorse of computers for such a long time and continues to be.

GORDON BELL [2008]

Highlights and Peculiarities

Boldest Decision

Drop all further development of each of IBM’s six existing product lines in favor of one new product line, exposing the existing customer base to competitors’ computers compatible with the existing IBM product lines. Needless to say, ...

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