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The Origin of the VM/370 Time-Sharing System

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1 Author(s)
Creasy, R.J. ; IBM Scientific Center, 1530 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA

VM/370 is an operating system which provides its multiple users with seemingly separate and independent IBM System/370 computing systems. These virtual machines are simulated using IBM System/370 hardware and have its same architecture. In addition, VM/370 provides a single-user interactive system for personal computing and a computer network system for information interchange among interconnected machines. VM/370 evolved from an experimental operating system designed and built over fifteen years ago. This paper reviews the historical environment, design influences, and goals which shaped the original system.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:25 ,  Issue: 5 )