What is AS/400 System?
AS/400 is midrange computer. It is designed and build as total system. This means that facilities such as a relational database and a networking capability are fully integrated into the operating system and the machine. The user communicates with all these functions through a single control language, or by using the system menus and prompts. AS/400 is designed as a general-purpose business computer.
AS/400 is designed and build as a total system. This means that facilities such as a relational database and a networking capability are fully integrated into the operating system and the machine. The user communicates with all these function through a single control language, or by using the system menus and prompts.
AS/400 is designed as a general-purpose business computer; it is optimized for that environment. Its design reflects the dominant requirements of the environment, which are:
- Ease of use (from the operator’s, and end-user’s, point of view).
- Ability to grow and improve the system without disruption.
Optimization for work in the commercial environment, which is Input/Output-intensive, rather than compute-intensive.
What are the basic system concepts for AS/400 systems?
- Layered machine architecture
This insulates users from hardware characteristics. It enables them to move to new hardware technology at any time, without disrupting their application.
- Object Orientation
Everything that can be stored or retrieved on the system is known as “object”. Objects exist to make user independent of the internal structure of the machine.
- Single-level storage
Main storage and disk storage appears contiguous. An object is saved or restored on the system via a device-independent addressing mechanism. This means that extra main storage or disk storage can be added to the system and used without affecting the application program. A user or a programmer is not concerned as to where a program or file is; if they want to use it, they simply name it.
- Hierarchy of microprocessors
AS/400 has a large number of microprocessors. Every input/output (I/O) device type on AS/400 has its own microprocessor. This means that requests for data to be read from I/O device can be delegated to the processor in change of that device. Meanwhile, the main System Processor executes another application.
- Operating System
The software that controls the allocation and usage of hardware resources such as memory, central processing unit (CPU) time, disk space, and peripheral devices.
- AS/400 Operating System
OS/400 is a single entity, fully integrating all the software components (relational database, communications and networking capabilities, etc.) needed for most commercials computing environments.
- OS/400 Features
Multiple operating environments (S/36 & S/38)
Connectivity to Remote Devices, Systems and networks
Powerful Data Recovery Options
Ease of use with Task oriented approach, Consistent format
and "Powerful and Flexible facility"
System Architecture - Comparison between Traditional System vs AS/400 system
- Application program
- Separate operating system components
- base OS function
- security product
- communication product
- database product
- other OS product
- Machine instruction
- Application programs
- Single operating system
- base OS function
- LIC and hardware
- Machine instruction , processor, memory etc.,