Bought an IBM 5362 -- so now what do I do with this thing?

From: Colin Eby <>
Date: Thu Jan 10 18:50:37 2002

Dave, Charles and Folks --

Let me share what little I do know in case you haven't
seen this yet. IBM makes very little reference to
these systems. System/36 is mentioned on their
corporate history page. It's a direct ancestor of the
AS/400 series. The only specific information they have
comes from their sales manual.

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Our models are described this way (cribbed from above)

   5360 Multiple workstation system with
        multiprogramming capability.
        o 30 - 1432MB HDD
        o 128K - 7Mb RAM
        o 8 inch 1.2MB diskette
        o 36 - 72 local workstations

   5362 System unit
        o 256K - 2MB RAM
        o 30 - 660MB HDD
        o 8 inch 1.2MB diskette
        o 28 local workstations
        o 64 remote workstations

   5363 System/36 and Application Systems/Entry
        System Unit Compact, low-cost, floor-standing
        system that runs existing System/36
        application programs without recompilation.
        o 1.0 - 2.0Mb RAM
        o 5.25 1.2Mb diskette
        o 65 - 1256Mb HDD
        o 28 local worstations
        o 64 remote worstations

   5364 S/36 PC is a combination of the 5364 System
        Unit and a directly-attached IBM PC. The
        5364 System Unit is a smaller, lower cost,
        floor standing or desk-top system that will
        run existing S/36 application programs
        without recompilation. The personal computer
        can run personal computer programs as well as
        act as the first S/36 workstation.
        o 256K - 1.0MB RAM
        o 5.25 inch 1.2Mb diskette
        o 40, 65, 80 or 130MB HDD
        o 6-9 local workstations (later
           upgraded to 16)

   The 5360 family has a multiple processor
   architecture. The main storage processor is an
   enhanced S/34 instruction processor. A control
   storage processor operates in parallel with
   the main storage processor, and provides
   microcoded control function for the
   I/O processors and interfaces. The processors use
   LSI (Large Scale Integration) for the logic
   circuitry. Storage technology is MOSFET
   (Metal Oxide semiconductor Field Effect
   Transistor). Data and instructions are stored
   as EBCDIC characters. Each EBCDIC character
   is stored in an 8-bit byte. ECC (Error
   Correction Code) is maintained in main storage.
   Single-bit error correction and double-bit error
   detection is performed on every two bytes.
   Parity is added for all data transfers to
   and from main storage.

Now you know all I know. Help! Anything else would be
greatly appreciated.

Colin Eby
Senior Consultant
CSC Consulting

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