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  • 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...)

  • O

    OS/400

    OS/400 is IBM's operating system for its AS/400 and AS/400e line of business computers. (Continued...)

  • Q

    Quiz: iSeries (AS/400) Commands

    The iSeries (AS/400) is one of IBM's greatest success stories.

  • Quiz: iSeries (AS/400) History

    2003 marks the 15th anniversary of the AS/400 (now called the iSeries), so we thought we'd take a look back and see how it's changed over the years.

  • R

    Report Program Generator (RPG)

    RPG (Report Program Generator) is a programming language that originated as a report-building program used in DEC and IBM minicomputer operating systems and evolved into a fully procedural programming language. (Continued...)

  • RISC (reduced instruction set computer)

    RISC (reduced instruction set computer) is a microprocessor that is designed to perform a smaller number of types of computer instructions so that it can operate at a higher speed (perform more millions of instructions per second, or MIPS). (Continued...)

  • S

    Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI)

    Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) is a semiconductor fabrication technique developed by IBM that uses pure crystal silicon and silicon oxide for integrated circuits (IC) and microchips.

  • Star processor

    IBM's Star processor is a reduced instruction set computer (RISC) processor that is available in several series versions for IBM's AS/400 and RS/6000 systems.

  • U

    UCCnet

    UCCnet is a standards organization that provides an Internet-based supply chain management (SCM) data registry service for e-commerce companies and companies that have an e-commerce component.

  • W

    WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSC)

    WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSC) is a set of application development tools designed for the IBM (International Business Machines) iSeries server. The WDSC basic edition offers user-friendly, easy-to-learn tools to help providers optimize e-business applications.

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