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The IBM 360 Series

IBM's third generation mainframe computer family. Unlike earlier generations the 360 series was designed to be a complete family of computers from the lowest end to the most powerful, capable of any task including both commercial and scientific work. Its designation was intended to reflect this flexibility, referencing the 360 degrees of the compass. The architecture was influenced by the Stretch project and the primary operating system OS/360 was influenced by IBSYS. The circuitry was thick-film microelectronics on a ceramic substrate, in between discrete components and true silicon integrated circuits.


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