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Announcing the Open Mainframe Project interns for Summer 2016

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The Open Mainframe Project is pleased to announce the 7 students that have been selected to become interns for the summer of 2016.  Drawn from 4 different countries the 7 interns represent a global cross section of the academic community that engages with the mainframe and Linux operating systems that it runs.

We are pleased to announce the Open Mainframe Project interns for Summer 2016

  • Allen NG – University of Buffalo
  • Laszlo Szoboszlai – U of Bedfordshire
  • Tuan M. HOANG – Hanoi University of Science and Technology (SoICT-HUST)
  • Matthew Franklin Bent – ECU
  • Sebastian Wind – University of Leipzig
  • Robert Edward Starr – ECU
  • Jovanka Gulicoska – FON University

These students will be working over the summer months on areas such as Docker, Blockchain, and Linux Monitoring tools. For those interns based in the US, they will also be attending SHARE in Atlanta, North America’s premier mainframe user group conference.  Those students based in Europe and Asia are looking to be a part of Guide Share Europe event which is Europe’s premier mainframe focused user conference in the UK this fall. The students will have access to mentors from across industry, with members such as IBM and CA providing top engineers to help work closely with the students. As the undertake their coding assignments.

Check back here for updates throughout the internship program for the progress made by the interns and as the program comes to a close a full write up on the summer 2016 program.

Open Mainframe Project Announces New Membership Investments as it Hones Technical Focus for Advancing Linux on Mainframe

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DataKinetics, East Carolina University, Hitachi Data Systems and Sine Nomine Associates to contribute to project; technical areas of focus and new internship program accelerate development

LAS VEGAS, IBM Interconnect 2016, February 23, 2016 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced an expansion of its Open Mainframe Project that will further collaboration among industry and academic partners and create areas of focus for advancing Linux on the mainframe for the benefit of the community and industry.

Launched just six months ago, the Open Mainframe Project is adding four new members, including DataKinetics, East Carolina University, Hitachi Data Systems and Sine Nomine Associates. These new investments signal the importance of this technical and market collaboration as Linux on the mainframe continues to grow. The Open Mainframe Project is also announcing areas of technical focus as determined by its Technical Steering Committee (TSC) – JIT for OpenJDK, Docker support, Blockchain and Linux monitoring tools – and a new internship program in which students will work with industry professionals to complete real-world projects for Linux on the mainframe.

“Linux continues to be embraced by more mainframe organizations than any other platform because of the flexibility it provides,” said Len Santalucia, chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project Governing Board. “The newest investments in the Open Mainframe Project demonstrate the importance of this work, as does the commitment to specific areas of technical focus and a formal internship program that can speed innovation and bring to bear new ways to take advantage of this powerful technology.”

Growth in Members Expands an Already Diverse Set of Organizations

DataKinetics is the global leader in data performance and optimization solutions. The company optimizes data throughput and processing speeds for the world’s largest banks, credit card, brokerage, insurance, healthcare, retail and telecommunication organizations.

“We’ve spent the past 38 years working with our Fortune 500 customers to solve business and IT challenges. As such, we understand the unique challenges and critical need for scalable solutions,” said Allan Zander, chief executive officer, DataKinetics. “As a proud member of the Open Mainframe Project, we’re eager to collaborate and contribute to the future technologies that further enhance the value of the mainframe to the industry.”

East Carolina University (ECU) is a national research university enrolling more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Within the College of Engineering and Technology at ECU, programs in information and computer technology and computer science have offered mainframe curriculum components and even complete mainframe courses since 2012.

“ECU will continue to grow our mainframe curriculum as it is consistent with the strategic goals of the College of Engineering and Technology, as well as ECU. Moreover, ECU believes mainframe skills provide our students with an excellent opportunity to obtain career positions with established companies,” said Joel Sweatte, Director of IT and adjunct faculty member for the College of Engineering and Technology. “ECU perceives the Open Mainframe Project as an excellent vehicle to meld our already extensive Linux curriculum with the growing mainframe curriculum. North Carolina, the university, and our students benefit from our participation in the Open Mainframe Project.”

Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, that provides modular mid-range and high-end storage systems, software and services. “Hitachi Data Systems is happy to join forces with IBM and others in the Open Mainframe Project to expand the ecosystem around Linux and open source software on the mainframe,” said Roberto Basilio, VP Product Management at Hitachi Data Systems. “Joining the Open Mainframe Project gives Hitachi a chance to lend its expertise in mainframe, storage, real-time automation, cloud-standards and software-defined infrastructure to this growing community and adds to our extensive open standards project participation.”

Sine Nomine Associates is an IT research and custom development engineering firm that transforms emerging technology into practical business solutions. “The Open Mainframe Project is an important innovation as it provides a focal point for the long-term planning, deployment and exploitation of Linux on the mainframe,” said Neale Ferguson, Engineer at Sine Nomine Associates. “Linux on the mainframe has come a long way since it was released as patches in 1999. It has evolved from an adjunct to an organization’s IT environment to being front-and-centre. Now is the time to build on the momentum and ensure and coordinate the growth of this technology.”

Organizations involved in mainframe computing and Linux can learn more about membership opportunities at:

Technical Initiatives Defined for Platform Growth

The Open Mainframe Project’s TSC is announcing its focus areas in 2016, which emphasize compatibility and support for rapidly growing technologies.

  • JIT for OpenJDK. This work will focus on adding JIT support to the z port of OpenJDK, enabling a variety of up-stack open source projects that inherently depend on OpenJDK.
  • Docker support. This effort will look at accelerating the Docker ecosystem on the mainframe. It will also leverage key mainframe know-how to enhance Docker for highly-available virtualized systems.
  • Blockchain support, which will focus on performance of and enhancements to the Hyperledger Project and target Linux on the mainframe.
  • Assessment and certification of popular Linux monitoring tools on Linux on the mainframe.
  • Acceptance of the Anomaly detection engine for Linux logs, a contribution originally from IBM. The code is available today at Github:

Developers and mainframe enthusiasts can learn more about how to get involved with these efforts at:

Internship Program Launched to Grow Student Engagement

The Open Mainframe Project is also announcing a new internship program, which will both grow student contribution and advance the efforts to lower the barrier to entry for Linux on the mainframe.

Students will be paired with mentors who are professionals in the mainframe space and work with them to complete a project over a 10-week period. At the end of the internship, students will participate at a leading mainframe conference to showcase the work they’ve done, putting them in front of potential employers in the industry.

The Open Mainframe Project will accept eight interns through this program. The deadline for submissions is March 25, 2016. Interested students can learn more on how to apply at the following link:

About the Open Mainframe Project

The Open Mainframe Project provides a neutral home for community meetings, events and collaborative development for Linux on the mainframe and involves key academic institutions in order to increase the future talent pool of mainframe practitioners and technical experts. The Open Mainframe Project identifies ways to leverage new software and tools in the Linux environment that are ideal for taking advantage of the mainframe’s speed, security, scalability and availability; seeks to significantly broaden the set of tools and resources that are intended to drive development and collaboration of mainframe Linux; and aims to coordinate mainframe improvements to upstream projects to increase the quality of these code submissions and ease upstream collaboration. For more information, please visit:


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A new step forward for mainframe

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I write this post watching the next chapter of mainframe computing emerging. With today’s announcements from the Open Mainframe Project, a new generation of mainframe-ers is emerging thanks to open source. But this chapter didn’t start being written today.

The year was 1999. I heard about my IBM Colleagues in Germany working on a skunkworks project to make Linux available on the IBM Mainframe. In 2000, IBM decided to officially market Linux across its entire server family including IBM z Systems. The elite IBM Linux Impact team was born in that year. Due to my affiliation with many clients on Wall Street, I was given the opportunity to join this team. Wall Street was already rampant with Linux x86 servers in clusters and racks. When I introduced them to Linux on z Systems and its consolidation virtualization capabilities, they were skeptical and resistant. Through perseverance and persistence of the IBM Linux Impact team, Wall Street began to see the value proposition of Linux on z Systems as did the rest of the industry. Much progress has been made with the growth of Linux on z Systems in the public and private sectors but there is definite room for improvement.

Now today, we as a mainframe community take a new step forward. Where in the past these communities of open source users on the mainframe were fragmented, the Open Mainframe Project brings this together. The formation of this vendor neutral project will take the groundwork laid by vendors and accelerate the adoption and enhancement of Open Source and Linux on the Mainframe by an order of magnitude across the entire marketplace. And with the unique angle of engaging academic institutions, the project looks to ensure that the mainframe will continue to be the platform of choice for the most demanding computational jobs for decades to come.

Whether you are new or experienced with Open Source and Linux on z Systems, you cannot help but feel the excitement all around you. Come with me and join the Open Mainframe Project.

Open Mainframe Project – Inaugural EU Meeting

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Inaugural EU MeetingTo describe my enthusiasm of the Mainframe (also known as IBM z Systems) would take far too many words, but suffice to say I have been a massive fan ever since I left University (quite a while ago now) and had to quickly learn how to be a Mainframe Systems Programmer. Not an easy task when I’d never been taught anything about the system, and even more strange coming from a world where Windows hadn’t discovered virtualisation and even worse, there were no windows – just a green screen!

When I heard the news from LinuxCon in 2015 that the Linux Foundation was going to run and host the Open Mainframe Project, I truly felt that this was a turning point in the Mainframe’s fortunes. Linux has been running on the Mainframe for around 16 years, and yet has barely had the recognition or value it deserves. The Linux Foundation is the perfect agnostic organisation to promote the benefits of running Linux based applications on the Mainframe, and the Open Mainframe Project is a truly exciting prospect to get new people playing with the Linux environment and writing business relevant applications.

I was therefore really excited to attend the first ever EU meeting of the Open Mainframe Project, hosted at the University of Bedfordshire, one of the Project’s academic sponsors. The meeting was well attended by students, seasoned Mainframe professionals and members from the open source community, including Canonical – the organisation behind Ubuntu.

John Mertic, Senior Program Manager at the Linux Foundation led discussions on how the Open Mainframe Project was set up to bring together students, industry experts, developers and system administrators in a collaborative way to create open source based solutions on Linux on System z. As the Linux Foundation would be hosting the environment with support from their 100+ staff,  it would be a truly vendor independent and neutral playing field for new and exciting applications. A board made up of a governing body, an IBM Fellow, lead developers and a committee will decide and manage the projects – which at present consist of focus areas on Docker, Blockchain, OpenJDK and monitoring tools. No IBM software here – this is all open source!

The aim of the Open Mainframe Project is simple –

  1. To promote the benefits of running Linux on the Mainframe (see this great video from MongoDB),
  2. To develop a broad ecosystem of software
  3. To engage and excite students and young people, bringing fresh ideas from academic institutions and
  4. To provide a neutral, collaborative approach to bringing together anyone wishing to learn and do more with one of the most impressive and longest living commercial Enterprise servers the world has known!

I am personally looking forward to working with the Open Mainframe Project and the Linux Foundation to make this a great success. I particularly want to see industry teaming up with academia to develop new and disruptive technologies – just imagine what a Bank could do with limited resource and budget, for example, when they can work with and leverage students through the Linux Foundation! Innovative business projects that may seem like an impossible pipe dream to deliver in a large organisation could be created through this initiative, leading to value for both the organisation and the open source community. All delivered on Linux on System z – an unbeatable combination!

Linux Foundation Brings Together Industry Heavyweights to Advance Linux on the Mainframe

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Linux Foundation Brings Together Industry Heavyweights to Advance Linux on the Mainframe

Open collaboration among academia, government and corporate partners to advance an enterprise-grade platform for Linux

SEATTLE, LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon, August 17, 2015 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the Open Mainframe Project. This initiative brings together industry experts to drive innovation and development of Linux on the mainframe.

Founding Platinum members of the Open Mainframe Project include ADP, CA Technologies, IBM and SUSE. Founding Silver members include BMC, Compuware, LC3, RSM Partners and Vicom Infinity. The first academic institutions participating in the effort include Marist College, University of Bedfordshire and The Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at University of Washington. The announcement comes as the industry marks 15 years of Linux on the mainframe.

In just the last few years, demand for mainframe capabilities have drastically increased due to Big Data, mobile processing, cloud computing and virtualization. Linux excels in all these areas, often being recognized as the operating system of the cloud and for advancing the most complex technologies across data, mobile and virtualized environments. Linux on the mainframe today has reached a critical mass such that vendors, users and academia need a neutral forum to work together to advance Linux tools and technologies and increase enterprise innovation.

“Linux today is the fastest growing operating system in the world. As mobile and cloud computing become globally pervasive, new levels of speed and efficiency are required in the enterprise and Linux on the mainframe is poised to deliver,” said Jim Zemlin executive director at The Linux Foundation. “The Open Mainframe Project will bring the best technology leaders together to work on Linux and advanced technologies from across the IT industry and academia to advance the most complex enterprise operations of our time.”

The Open Mainframe Project will focus on finding ways to leverage new software and tools in the Linux environment that are ideal for taking advantage of the mainframe’s speed, security, scalability and availability. The Project will seek to significantly broaden the set of tools and resources that are intended to drive development and collaboration of mainframe Linux. It will also aim to coordinate mainframe improvements to upstream projects to increase the quality of these code submissions and ease upstream collaboration.

The Open Mainframe Project will establish a neutral home for community meetings, events and collaborative discussions providing structure around the business and technical governance of the project. It will involve key academic institutions in order to increase the future talent pool of mainframe practitioners and technical experts. The Linux Jobs Report shows us that IT professionals who know Linux can look forward to a lucrative career, and success of Linux on the mainframe platform will benefit upon there being a rich talent pool of Linux professionals.

IBM today at LinuxCon is also making important announcements about Linux on the mainframe, including its new LinuxONE platform. For more information, please visit:

The Open Mainframe Project is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Collaborative Projects are independently supported software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. By spreading the collaborative DNA of the largest collaborative software development project in history, The Linux Foundation provides the essential collaborative and organizational framework so project hosts can focus on innovation and results. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information about Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects, please visit:

For more information about the Open Mainframe Project, please visit:

Comments from Members


“We’re looking forward to the results of this collaboration on the Open Mainframe Project, which we expect will dramatically advance the technologies we use to run our business,” said Steve Conger, VP Mainframe Systems Technology, ADP.


“The explosion of digital business and mobile apps that utilize mainframe cloud infrastructures running Linux continues to grow and fuels a need for new technologies. As a founding member of the Open Mainframe Project, we are excited to put our long history of mainframe innovation and commitment to work to advance and accelerate transformative technologies for Linux in the enterprise,” said Bill Miller, President, ZSolutions Optimization, BMC Software.

CA Technologies

“CA Technologies is pleased to be a founding member, in partnership with key industry leaders, of the Linux Foundation’s Open Mainframe Project,“ said David Hodgson, General Manager, Mainframe, CA Technologies. “CA has long been a leader in management tools for existing Linux platforms both on and off the mainframe. We continue to invest in innovation and technology that enables customers to utilize the mainframe as their open platform of choice for a more secure, robust, scalable and cost effective environment. As a mobile-to-mainframe solution provider we are eager to partner with the Linux Foundation to foster leadership and incubate innovation to propel the mainframe into the future and help customers win in the application economy.”


“Over the last 50 years, IBM mainframes have evolved to hold the position as the world’s most advanced business compute platform. Nothing comes close in performance, reliability, security and resource efficiency. In a world where big no longer beats small, rather fast beats slow, Linux on the mainframe combines big and fast on a single platform to create opportunities for innovation and new mainframe workloads. Compuware is a proud and committed founding member of this Linux Foundation project and looks forward to collaborating on this worthy mission of mainframe innovation,” said Chris O’Malley, CEO, Compuware.


“Demand has grown among academic, corporate and government partners for furthering the mainframe’s expansion into the open ecosystem,” said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM z Systems. “IBM looks forward to contributing our expertise to the community and learning from others to find innovative ways to combine the flexibility of open source software with the world-class speed, security and scalability of the mainframe.”

Marist College

“As an early adopter of Linux, open source, and mainframe technology, Marist has wholeheartedly embraced the use of these technologies within our business and curriculum,” said Bill Thirsk, Vice President of Information Technology / CIO at Marist College. “We are excited for the opportunity to participate in a community such as the Open Mainframe Project that will benefit the Linux environment and open source software on the mainframe.”

RSM Partners

“RSM Partners is very pleased to participate in this initiative, complementing our leadership of the UK Guide SHARE (GSE) z/Linux stream,” said Mark Wilson- Founder & Technical Director of RSM Partner. “With our sole focus on mainframe infrastructure consulting, our technical consultants have been involved with Linux on the mainframe since its beginnings. We’re currently building a Linux showcase environment on one of our in-house mainframes, helping both new and existing clients better understand the full potential of Linux on z.”


“SUSE is eager to advance the mainframe ecosystem by joining the Open Mainframe Project as a founding member,” said Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing. “SUSE has been the No. 1 Linux on the mainframe for 15 years by working together with this ecosystem. The Open Mainframe Project provides an ideal environment to expand that collaboration in a way that increases choice and brings benefits to customers and developers alike.”

University of Bedfordshire

“This is an exciting time to be involved in enterprise technologies. The potential benefits of open source systems optimized to run on the mainframe’s highly scalable and reliable architecture are very significant,” said Herbert Daly, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology. “The Open Mainframe Project offers our staff and students a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with an outstanding field of talent, dedicated to shaping the future of business critical enterprise computing”

Vicom Infinity

“Since its inception, Vicom Infinity has been deeply involved from a business, technical, and financial perspective with Linux and Open Source on the IBM z Systems Mainframe,” said Len Santalucia, CTO and Business Development Manager at Vicom Infinity. “We sponsor Linux on z Systems customer councils and user groups across the USA, assist colleges and universities with integrating Linux and Open Source into their z Systems curriculum, and have helped hundreds of clients worldwide implement Linux and Open Source on their IBM z Systems Mainframes. With the advent of the Open Mainframe Project, Vicom Infinity believes Linux and Open Source on the IBM z Systems Mainframe will be taken to a new level and significantly increase the utilization of Linux and Open Source in Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Social Media, and Security in IBM z Systems Mainframe environments”.

About The Linux Foundation

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