IBM Mainframe Bits: Understanding Architecture

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 31 March 2016

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ISBN-10: 0738455180
ISBN-13: 9780738455181
IBM Form #: REDP-5345-00
(12 pages)

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Authors: Keith Winnard, Rob Hunt, Jo Johnston


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication reviews the role of the architecture and how it forms part of the solution by meeting the needs that drive the requirements for computer systems. It also examines the architecture’s relationships with hardware and software, and offers considerations to help understand how these relationships work to ensure longevity and compatibility.

This paper is the first in a new series of “Mainframe Bits” that are designed to provide you with succinct information about discrete topics that relate to IBM z Systems™ architecture.

Table of contents

Understanding what an architecture needs to achieve
Architecture and components

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