Abstract: A mainframe is a computing system that businesses use to host large scale commercial databases, transaction servers, and applications that require a greater degree of security and availability than is commonly available on smaller-scale systems. Despite their predominance in the business world, mainframes are largely invisible to the general public and the academic community. This is unfortunate, as they offer great opportunities to IT professionals and university graduates in a variety of technical fields. Today, about 60% of all data available on the Internet is stored and processed on mainframe computers. Hence, we are all mainframe users, whether we realize it or not.
This special lecture, which is offered to computer science students in cooperation with IBM, will acquaint you with the technical details of the mainframe hardware and its operating system z/OS. It will also cover technologies that are built on top this platform, such as Virtualization, Linux on Mainframe, Transaction Management (CICS), and enterprise-scale Java applications (J2EE).