IBM 7074 and then some: "Systems we love" conference

Jon Elson elson at
Mon Jan 23 19:45:23 CST 2017

On 01/23/2017 01:00 PM, Steven Maresca wrote:
> Just wanted to share an excerpted story just sent to me by a colleague,
> regarding an IBM 7074 supplying data to Java middleware, ultimately feeding
> a modern webapp stack:
> This comes from a conference which occurred last month titled "Systems we
> love" :
> Cheers,
> Steve
WOW!!!!  That is QUITE amazing!  And, I can't possibly 
imagine why anyone in their right mind would do this!
Seems an emulator on a PC would be faster, and way more 
reliable, not to mention taking up MUCH less space,
power and cooling.  How reliable can a 60 year old machine 
possibly be?  Where do you get parts?  There have to be a 
whole lot of special parts that are deteriorating, like the 
plastic parts on the console.  Even the PC boards (IBM SMS 
cards) are pretty fragile, easily damaged during rework, and 
some of them dissipate a lot of power, causing slow thermal 

Are we SURE this isn't a preview of the April 1st edition?


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