[ Retro Scan ] IBM 4341 Super-Mini

July 12th, 2019 by Benj Edwards

IBM 4341 Super-Mini Mainframe computer University Big man on Campus advertisement scan - 1984A controller bigger than your head

As far as I recall, this is the first time I’ve ever featured an advertisement for an IBM mainframe computer system on VC&G. The system in question is the IBM 4341, a System/370-compatible model first launched in 1979 and discontinued in 1986.

In this 1984 ad, we catch the system — apparently used commonly at universities — near the end of its lifespan. Other than this ad, I know nothing else about it. But Wikipedia does.

Huge IBM mainframes at universities predate my time in college — I’m actually glad I never had to use them.

[ From Discover Magazine, January 1984, p.22-23 ]

Discussion Topic: Have you ever used an IBM mainframe computer? Tell us about it.

One Response to “[ Retro Scan ] IBM 4341 Super-Mini”

  1. Matt Says:

    We had an IBM System/34 in high school in the mid-80’s with a room full of terminals. Not sure that quite counts as a mainframe though. It was pretty outdated even then and pretty slow. I think it was just used for the BASIC class. It was replaced by a room full of original IBM PCs instead, which ran circles around the old 34. Only two of them had color monitors with CGA graphics. The rest were the old green monochrome screens, but we still loved them.

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