AS/400 and S/38

From: Kip Crosby <>
Date: Mon Sep 22 10:02:27 1997

At 09:58 9/22/97 BST, you wrote:
>The IBM AS/400 is, I am told, based on the S/38.

I'd be interested in knowing how, and to what extent. When my company was
installing a bunch of Novell LANs in the late eighties, we used to call an
AS/400 "a '386 surrounded by a lot of expensive air," but I suspect that
that was the same kind of disparaging performance benchmark as comparing an
S/38 to an 8088. I also suspect that what's inside an AS/400 box has
changed an _awful lot_ over the years while the badge has provided continuity.

Kip Crosby
Computer History Association of California
Received on Mon Sep 22 1997 - 10:02:27 BST

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