12 million to fund a pilot project to test the minicomputers
IT and military strategists are predicting that all soldiers in combat will eventually be using handheld phones and minicomputers
to connect to a wireless communications network to track other units on the ground and military assets in the air and at sea.
Late last fall in an effort to develop major initiatives to help revive the growth of IBM's big server computers - main frames, minicomputers
and AIX UNIX machines - IBM undertook a study designed to help IBM compete against two key rivals, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, using Linux.
UNIX is now the dominant operating system for minicomputers
Sales of the AS/400 line of minicomputers
were also strong, but the RS6000 computers saw a decline in sales as customers awaited a new set of products introduced earlier this month, Thoman said.
The two most popular minicomputers
were the AS/400 and the S/36, both made by IBM.
What happened in the case of the minicomputers
is that those secondary offerings quickly became the primary offerings," he said, "and I think it's very likely to happen the same way with Internet.
In the early days of computing, there was a clear gap between micros and minicomputers
The advent of powerful inexpensive minicomputer
systems in the 1970s spurred the development of integrated library systems, although early efforts using minicomputers
focused on single functions such as circulation and serials control.
During the 70s, companies like Digital and Data General began building minicomputers
which did many of the same things that the big computers did but were actually accessible, i.
and mainframes are fundamentally different from LANs.
For protocol conversion, we used low-end minicomputers
with specially designed communications software.