Exploring IBM RS/6000 Computers: The Instant Insider's Guide to IBM's UNIX Workstations and Servers


How to integrate and manage RS/6000 computers in small, medium, and large business environments.
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How to integrate and manage RS/6000 computers in small, medium, and large business environments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885068422
  • Publisher: Maximum Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Exploring IBM Series
  • Edition description: 10TH
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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The RS/6000 family is IBM's strategic family of UNIX computers. This updated edition provides an overview and a reference for the latest RS/6000 models, options, disk storage, printers, tape drives, AIX operating system enhancements, Lotus Domino, displays, network stations, and much more. The book also addresses many business issues including lease versus purchase, maintenance strategies, cost justification, and office ergonomics. Hypothetical case studies of small, medium, and large businesses illustrate how to solve real business problems with RS/6000 solutions.
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Table of Contents

What This Book Is
What This Book Is Not
How to Use This Book
Choices for Your Needs

Chapter 1:
IBM RS/6000. A New Beginning
Meet the Family
RS/6000 Systems Overview
RS/6000 Systems Detail
Desktop Systems
Model 140 Specifics
Model 150 Specifics
Model 170 Specifics
Deskside Systems
Model 260 Specifics
Model 270 Specifics
Model F50 Specifics
Model F80 Specifics
Rack Systems
Model B50 Specifics
Model H50 Specifics
Model H70 Specifics
Model H80 Specifics
Model M80 Specifics
Model S7A Specifics
The S7A Processor Rack
The S00, T00, and T42 Expansion Racks
Model S7A I/O Drawers
Model S80 Specifics
RS/6000 POWERparallel SP Specifics
Performance Overview
A Closer Look
RS/6000 Hardware Architecture
The Main Processor
Original Implementation
RSC Chip Implementation
PowerPC 601 Implementation
PowerPC 603 Implementation
PowerPC 604 and 604e Architecture
PowerPC RS64 Microprocessor
PowerPC RS64-II Microprocessor
PowerPC RS64-III Microprocessor
POWER2 Implementation
The POWER3 Microprocessors
Main Memory
Memory Management
Symmetric Multiprocessor Implementation
Graphics Basic Training
Auxiliary Storage
Diskette Storage
Disk Storage
SCSI Disk Storage
Serial Storage Architecture Disk Storage
Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop
and Storage Area Networks
Tape Storage
Optical Storage
Micro Channel Expansion Slots
PCI and ISA Expansion Slots
Standard Ports
The Quiet Touch Keyboard
Mechanical Packaging

Chapter 2:
Options and Peripherals
Graphics Displays
Graphics Options
Two-Dimensional Graphics Adapters
Three-Dimensional Graphics Options
Graphics Subsystem Performance
Personal Computers as X-Terminals
Network Computers
ASCII Terminals
3153 Terminals
Personal Computer ASCII Terminal Emulation
4232 Printer
4247 Printer
6400 Printers
IBM Network Printers
IBM 3130 and 3160 Advanced Function Printers
Memory Expansion Options
Model 397 Memory Expansion
Model 591 and 595 Memory Expansion
Model J50 and R50 Memory Expansion
Model 43P Memory Expansion
Model 140 Memory Expansion
Models 150 and B50 Memory Expansion
Model 170 Memory Expansion
Model E20, E30, and F30 Memory Expansion
Model 240, F40, and H10 Memory Expansion
Models 260, 270, and H70 Memory Expansion
Model F50 and H50 Memory Expansion
Models F80 and H80 Memory Expansion
Model M80 Memory Expansion
Model S70 and S7A Memory Expansion
Model S80 Memory Expansion
Auxiliary Storage Options
IBM Seascape: Storage Enterprise Architecture
Diskette Storage
Internal Magnetic Disks
External Magnetic Disks
7203 External Portable Disk Drive
7204 External Disk Drives
External Disk Systems
2104 SCSI Expandable Storage Plus
7133 Serial Disk Systems
RAID Systems
Storage Area Networks and Fibre
Channel Arbitrated Loop
2102 Fibre Channel RAID Storage Server
2105 Enterprise Storage Server
Optical Disk Storage
Internal CD-ROM Drives
7210 External CD-ROM Drive
3995 Optical Library Dataservers
Internal Tape Storage
12/24 GB 4-mm Internal Tape Drive (#6159)
20/40 GB 8-mm Internal Tape Drive (#6156)
External Tape Options
4-mm Tape Options
7206 External 4-mm Tape Drive
(Models 5, 110, 220)
7332 4-mm Tape Autoloader
Quarter-Inch Tape Options
7207-122 External ¼-Inch Cartridge Tape Drive
7207-315 External ¼-Inch Cartridge Tape Drive
8-mm Tape Options
7208 External 8-mm Tape Drives
7331-305 8-mm Tape Library
DLT Tape Options
7205 Digital Linear Tape Drives
7337 Digital Linear Tape Library
Half-Inch Cartridge Tape Systems
3490 Magnetic Tape Subsystem
3570 Magstar MP Tape Subsystem
IBM Magstar 3575 Tape Library Dataserver
3590 Magstar High-Performance
Tape Subsystem
3494 Tape Library Dataserver
SCSI I/O Adapters
Micro Channel SCSI Controller
SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A (#2415)
Enhanced SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Differential
Adapter/A (#2412)
PCI Bus SCSI Adapters
Ultra-SCSI Differential Adapter (#6204)
PCI Dual Channel Ultra2-SCSI Adapter (#6205)
Ultra-SCSI Single-Ended Adapter (#6206)
Ultra-SCSI Differential Adapter (#6207)
PCI SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Single-Ended Adapter (#6208)
SCSI-2 Fast/Wide PCI RAID Adapter (#2493)
PCI 3-Channel Ultra2-SCSI RAID Adapter (#2494)
Integrated SCSI Adapters
Integrated SCSI High-Performance I/O Controller
Integrated SCSI Adapter
Integrated SCSI-2 Adapter
Integrated SCSI-2 Fast/Wide Adapter/A
Other I/O Adapters
SSA 4-Port Adapter (#6214)
Enhanced SSA 4-Port Adapter (#6216)
SSA 4-Port RAID Adapter (#6217 and #6218)
SSA Multi-Initiator/RAID EL Adapters
(#6215 and #6219)
SSA Fibre-Optic Extender (#5500)
Advanced SSA Optical Extender (#8851)
Communications Options
Communications Interfaces/Protocols. A Road Map
Asynchronous Communications Adapters
8-Port Async Adapters
128-Port Async Controller/Concentrator
Terminal Servers
LAN Communications Adapters
Ethernet Adapters
Ethernet High-Performance LAN Adapter
3Com 10/100 Mb/sec PCI Fast EtherLink XL
IBM 10/100 Mb/sec Ethernet Adapters
Gigabit Ethernet. SX PCI Adapter
IBM PCI Token-Ring Adapter
FDDI Network Adapters
WAN Communications Adapters
Four-Port Multiprotocol Communications Controller
X.25 Interface Co-Processor/2
Other Communications Options
3270 Connection Adapter
Block Multiplexer Channel Adapter
ESCON Channel Adapters
System/370 Channel Emulator Adapter
SP System Attachment Adapter
Network Processors
Realtime Interface Coprocessors
Multimedia Options
Ultimedia Audio Adapter
Ultimedia Video Capture Adapter/S
IBM Multimedia Kit for RS/6000
Other Options
Exide Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPSs)
6094 Dials/Keyboard
6094 Spaceball
6093 Tablets
Three-Button Mouse
Security Cable

Chapter 3:
Using Your RS/6000
Getting Your Feet Wet
Before We Begin
What Is InfoExplorer?
Let. s Get Busy
Accessing InfoExplorer as a Graphics User
Accessing InfoExplorer as a Nongraphics User
A Walk Through the Common Desktop Environment
Types of Software. A Conceptual Model
Application Programs
Operating Systems
Device Drivers
How the Layers Work Together
RS/6000 Software Compatiblity. Why It Is Important
Inside RS/6000 Compatibility

Chapter 4:
Application Programs
Can Prewritten Programs Fit the Bill?
Cross-Industry Application Programs
Word Processing
Database Management
Graphics and Presentations
Variations on the Big Five
Industry-Specific Application Programs
Custom Application Programs

Chapter 5:
AIX for the RS/6000
Introduction to Operating System Concepts
Batch versus Interactive Processing
What Is Multiuser?
What Is Multitasking?
AIX. An Executive Overview
A Closer Look at AIX
User Interfaces/Services
Systems Management
Disk Management
Application Development
Standard AIX Development Features
Additional Tools
Distributed Computing
Transaction Processing
Communications Support
Internet Software
Web Browsers
Web Server Enablers
Development Tools
AIX Version 4
Hardware Support
Open Systems Standards
Security Enhancements
Desktop User Interface
File System
Other Version 4 Features
AIX Version 4.3
What About 64-Bit Capability?
Other AIX 4.3 Enhancements
Workload Manager
AIX Bonus Pack
The Future of AIX. Project Monterey
IBM and Linux
Open Source
Linux Technology Center

Chapter 6:
RS/6000 Communications
Computer Communications. An Introduction
ASCII Terminal Networks
Distributed Computer Communications
RS/6000 Distributed Network
RS/6000 and AS/400 Distributed Network
RS/6000 and System/390 Distributed Network
RS/6000 and Local Area Networks
RS/6000 and the Ethernet LAN
RS/6000 and the Token-Ring Network
RS/6000 and FDDI Networks
Clustering for High Availability

Chapter 7:
RS/6000 and Your Environment
What Are My Computing Needs?
Choosing the Software
When Should I Consider An RS/6000 System?
What About Personal Computers?
What About AS/400 Computers?
What About S/390 Computers?
Choosing RS/6000 Configurations
Small-Business Environment. Bob. s Gearbox Company
Medium-Sized-Business Environment.
Johnson & Thornbush
Large-Business Environment. Atole Enterprises
The Financial Decisions
Cost Justification
Lease or Buy?
User Education
IBMLink Support
Comfort for the Eyes
Workstation Comfort
What About Noise?
Loss Prevention
Theft Prevention
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