Linking Micros to Mainframes

In today's research world, with scientists automating the workbench, improving laboratory data collection, logging experiment reports, and retrieving tests from databases for application in product development, the use of workstations and personal computers is increasing at a rapid rate. Often these useful machines would be even more useful if they could commandeer main-frame resources too. That is one reason why micro-mainframe links, which allow personal computers to be connected to host compu

Ronald Kopeck
Oct 19, 1986

In today's research world, with scientists automating the workbench, improving laboratory data collection, logging experiment reports, and retrieving tests from databases for application in product development, the use of workstations and personal computers is increasing at a rapid rate. Often these useful machines would be even more useful if they could commandeer main-frame resources too.

That is one reason why micro-mainframe links, which allow personal computers to be connected to host computers, are a hot topic these days. Computer magazines are full of advertisements for the latest and greatest micro-mainframe links with the newest features. Because so many options are available, it is tempting to make plans and selections impulsively. But selecting links requires a major commitment. These products become part of your communications network, and you may want to expand upon them in the future. Picking one without thinking carefully about how it will be used could prove costly....