initial goal was to allows IBM System/36 applications and software
products to be migrated to Open Systems. With over 70,000 users running on
Open/36 today, our goal is now to make this investment from our
customers into an investment for the future.
is a set of programs that allows IBM System/36 applications and software
products to be migrated to Open Systems such as the IBM RS/6000 and the
HP9000. Applications can be ported by either directly
executing the System 36 load members (binaries) with the Open/36 Load
Member Processor, or by recompiling the source programs into native Unix
provides a System/36 environment that existing supervisors and operators
will feel comfortable in. This environment includes not only the same menu
structure, workstation handling, and System/36 work-alike job, jobq and
spooler support, but also VTOC, utility programs and system procedures,
System 36 console, CNFIGSSP, sign-on and menu security. With the Open/5250
WS Controller cards, System/36 twinax terminals and printers can continue
to be used from the new Unix machine.
applications can continue to be developed using the ported IBM System 36
RPG II and COBOL compilers, DFU and other products. Existing System/36
applications can be enhanced using new capabilities provided by Open/36,
such as Database Support and Open ODBC.
base Open/36 software package includes the following components:
Member Processor (LMP) - Virtually any RPG II or COBOL program
compiled on the System 36 can run in Open/36, including those for
which source code is not available and those which contain embedded
and Control Command Interpreter - Open/36 includes a 100%
compatible OCL interpreter. Unix commands may be executed from within
the OCL procedures. Also, Open/36 contains all the commonly used SSP
commands (CONSOLE, STATUS, TIME, etc...) and system procedures (such
as ALOCLIBR, JOBQ, etc...)
Migration Utility - Automates the process of transferring
System 36 libraries, members, data files, and system configurations
(including user IDs) to Open/36 via either 1/4 inch cartridge tape or
a direct cable connection. It can also transfer other software it
finds on your System 36, such as IBM DFU, and the RPG and COBOL
Programs - Open/36 contains the commonly used utility
programs ($COPY, $CPPE, etc...) available on the System 36. They may
be called by OCL statements as on the System 36. (Diskettes and reel
tapes are not supported.)
- A full implementation of S/36 #GSORT is provided. It can take
advantage of the larger memory capacity of Unix systems to sort almost
POP - Our enhanced implementation of the IBM Programmer and
Operator Productivity Aid (POP) provides a full screen editor (works
like the System 36 FSEDIT), a library browser (works like the System
36 LIBR), a file browser (works like the System 36 FILE).
Level Debugger - Enables programmers to step through the RPG
or COBOL source program while executing the related System 36 load
member or Open/36 binary.
Support - Each terminal may have seven System 36 sessions
running simultaneously. The operator may "hot key" between
the sessions, and the screens for all sessions are continuously
updated, regardless of which screen is being displayed.
Migration Utility - You can easily transfer your
DisplayWrite/36 text files to any RFT compatible word processor such
IDDU - Implements S/36 IDDU (including IDDULINK) with many
new features to link ASCII files, RDBMS tables, ODBC server, and also
permits Unix applications to access S/36 files and libraries under
has some exciting new features. Those features are part of our commitment
in providing our existing customers the flexibility to extend the
capabilities of their application and deliver to their end users what can
be expected today.
Client and Report Organizer let you improve the integration of your
existing applications with Windows PCs. Thin Client greatly improves
user responsiveness on PCs. It can also let you display a
comprehensive GUI environment without changing a line of your RPG or
Organizer lets your Open/36 reports print using Windows spoolers in
cooperation with all other Windows users. Its structured report
archiving features may very well eliminate the need to physically
print many of your existing reports.
(Microsoft Office Interoperability Tools) provides the tools you need to
tightly integrate your Open/36 applications with Microsoft Office and
other ODBC compliant applications. MOIT contains several categories of
capabilities. First you can use it to transfer Open/36 data or spool
files to any Windows PC or the Report Organizer (RO). Similarly you can
transfer data files to Open/36. You will find MOIT friendlier to use and
faster than competitive products due to its tight integration with
Protect, Virtual Machine and Hot Fail Over provide a great solution for
high availability requirements. They allow mutually supporting machines
to restart applications from a failed machine within a few minutes. You
will also find Virtual Machine is a good solution should you need to
consolidate distributed hosts to a single centralized one.
contains all the facilities necessary to run your applications. You can,
however, use additional Open/36 modules to enhance your capabilities in
specific areas. These independent modules are:
WS Controller cards attach System 36 Twinax Devices to Open/36
- Use when you want to connect your existing local System 36 twinax
terminals and twinax printers with Open/36. The physical connection is
accomplished with the Open/5250 Controller boards with one, two or
four twinax ports. Each port handles up to seven twinax devices.
Workstation Controller Software - Supports 5251-12, 5294 and
5394 type remote controllers. For connection to remote sites. Requires
the appropriate SNA/SDLC adaptor for your Unix machine, and can often
use the customer's existing modems.
RPG - Translates RPG source into C source programs, and then
causes the native C compiler to produce executable Unix binaries.
Eliminates many RPG II limits such as the 64K barrier, and permits up
to 50 files open at once. Also allows C statements to be embedded
directly in RPG Calculations specifications, and CALL/PARM for C and
COBOL - Produces machine independent binaries used with
Open/36. It also breaks the 64K program barrier and has been extended
to include 'bug compatibility' using the IBMBUGS option of the PROCESS
Query - A superset of System/36 Query with advanced features
and greatly improved performance!
(Image Design Aid) - Replaces the System/36 Screen Design
System/36 Support - Allows the replacement of multiple
System/36 machines onto a single Unix host. File systems can be kept
separate so no changes to file names or OCL procedures are required.
Support - Permits System/36 data in Open/36 to be accessed
simultaneously by System/36 programs and RDBMS' such as Oracle, Sybase
and Informix. S/36 applications remain unchanged! Can be used to link
existing RDBMS applications to Open/36 data, develop new RDBMS
applications to enhance or replace existing S/36 programs. Requires
the purchase of current versions of Oracle, Sybase and Informix.
(Available on certain Unix platforms only)
ODBC - Makes System/36 data in Open/36 accessible to ODBC
clients such as Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, MS Access, MS Visual
Basic and others. Includes client software for MS-DOS PCs to build
real client/server solutions. Allows PC users access to live Open/36
data, do spreadsheet analysis of Open/36 data, build graphical reports
and consolidate information from different ODBC compliant sources such
as RDBMS' with Open/36 data.
Support - Provides support for APPC communications from
within Open/36. Requires the appropriate SNA/SDLC adaptor for your
Unix machine, as well as IBM's SNA Server software. Commonly used in
networks with other IBM midrange and mainframe products.
Features available upon customer request - Further expand the
capabilities of productivity of your users with: ASNA RPG 400, BPS RPG
II 1/2, Handshake-Alliance software, Blue Iris Full Screen Editor.