AS/400 Definitions

  • A

    Advanced Function Printing (AFP)

    Advanced Function Printing (AFP) is an IBM architecture and family of associated printer software and hardware that provides document and information presentation control independent of specific applications and devices.

  • AIX (Advanced Interactive eXecutive)

    AIX is an open operating system from IBM that is based on a version of UNIX.

  • AS/400 (IBM iSeries, AS/400e, eServer iSeries/400)

    The AS/400 - formally renamed the 'eServer iSeries/400,' but still commonly known as AS/400 - is a middle-size server designed for small businesses and departments in large enterprises and now redesigned so that it will work well in distributed networks.

  • authorized program analysis report (APAR)

    An APAR (authorized program analysis report) is a term used in IBM for a description of a problem with an IBM program that is formally tracked until a solution is provided.

  • B

    Big Blue (IBM)

    Big Blue refers to IBM, which has used blue as a branding color in its logo and elsewhere.

  • C

    CIW (Computer Intensive Workload)

    In IBM's AS/400 and iSeries line of computers, CIW (Computer Intensive Workload) is a measure that can be used to compare the workload-handling capability of different computer models when running application programs in which most of the computer processor work is done within the applications.

  • CPW (Commercial Processing Workload)

    CPW (Commercial Processing Workload) is a measure used in IBM's AS/400 and iSeries line of computers to compare computer system models in terms of how efficiently each system processes a typical workload of commercial applications involving frequent database access.

  • E

    EBCDIC (Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code) 

    EBCDIC (Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code ) (pronounced either "ehb-suh-dik" or "ehb-kuh-dik") is a binary code for alphabetic and numeric characters that IBM developed for its larger operating systems. (Continued...)

  • exit program

    In computer programming, an exit program (or exit routine) is a named unit of programming code that is entered when a particular condition occurs, such as one that requires some screening for authorization.

  • I

    i5/OS

    i5/OS is the name IBM has given to its newest release of OS/400 V5R3. i5/OS runs on IBM's i5 servers, which are based on IBM's Power5 microprocessors.

  • iSeries (i5, i5 Series)

    iSeries is IBM's midrange server line, designed for small businesses and departments in large enterprises. (Continued...)

  • L

    lock

    A lock is a mechanism for controlling access to something. In programming, locks are often used so that multiple programs or threads on a one-at-a-time basis. Typically, a lock is of temporary duration and when the resource is no longer required, it is freed for locking and use by the next sharer in a queue.

  • M

    midrange

    In general, midrange refers to computers that are more powerful and capable than personal computers but less powerful and capable than mainframe computers.

  • minicomputer

    A minicomputer, a term no longer much used, is a computer of a size intermediate between a microcomputer and a mainframe. (Continued...)

  • N

    network PC (appliance)

    A network PC (sometimes called an appliance) is a term used to denote a new kind of relatively low-cost PC designed for Internet access and specialized business use, but without the full capabilities ot today's personal computer and software.

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