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mainframe computer

Etymology: OE, maegen, strength, framian, to progress; L, computare, to count
a large general-purpose computer system for high-volume data processing tasks. It may support large numbers of users simultaneously. Compare microcomputer, minicomputer.

mainframe computer

Informatics
A large computer that manipulates large blocks of data by “multitasking” logical sequences. Such data manipulation in hospital computers is now largely carried by networked PCs.
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market mainframe computers running proprietary operating systems, ''our prices are approximately half that of other companies as well,'' an IBM Japan official was quoted as saying.
In addition to these in-house functions, HCSO's mainframe computer shares databases with the local clerk's office for traffic tickets, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for vehicle registration information, and the Florida Crime Information Center and the National Crime Information Center databases for criminal information.
The case materials were computerized by Berven and Scofield (1980) by means of a BASIC program written for the UNIVAC 1110 mainframe computer (Berven & Scofield, 1980).
The first SRM (system resource manager) originally appeared in the mid-1970s, bringing automated, system-wide management capabilities to mainframe computers.
The value of domestic shipments of mainframe computers represents about 40% of that in its peak year of fiscal 1994.
This case has broad implications because mainframe computers are essential for all key industries in our economy.
PSI), the first developer of a new generation of mainframe computers, today announced the company has joined the Itanium Solutions Alliance, aligning itself with leading systems and software providers dedicated to accelerating the adoption and ongoing development of Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processor-based solutions throughout the world.
Many companies today rely upon mainframe computers to process confidential customer transactions and to manage sensitive financial information," said Robert Amatruda, Research Manager at IDC.
PKZIP and SecureZIP are already used in 12 of the top 13 financial institutions' datacenters and on more than 20 percent of mainframe computers worldwide.
While guests were entertained by massive mainframe computers that demonstrated their budding prowess, many at the Fair were invited to try-out the first video-telephones by calling a pre-configured exhibit at Disneyland, California.
Linuxcare today announced the "Linux on zSeries at Work" booth, which demonstrates many successful enterprise customer deployments of Linux on IBM eServer zSeries mainframe computers.
With over $2 trillion of mainframe applications in place around the world, mainframe computers are experiencing renewed interest as they become increasingly critical to the enterprise-computing environment.