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Dec 11 2008   12:10AM GMT

Wordles: System z10, Superdome, Sun M9000

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

At a site called Wordle, you can input a text document and out comes what Wordle calls a “word cloud.” It is basically a visual representation of the text document, with the most often used words represented larger and the least often used words represented smaller.

So I decided that for kicks, I would create a Wordle from the System z10 Enterprise Class reference guide. I downloaded it, converted it to a text document, and pasted the text into Wordle. This is what it spit out (click the image for the slightly larger version):

System z10 Enterprise Class Wordle

So then I thought it would be a good idea if I did a similar thing with the mainframe’s competitors. So I picked out the HP Superdome and the Sun Microsystems M9000 and did the same thing. Here’s the Superdome:

HP Superdome Wordle

And the Sun M9000:

Sun M9000 Wordle

It was interesting to see what each company stressed in their enterprise server documentation, other than the name of their own product. For example:

IBM z10: Support, FICON, data, capacity

HP Superdome:  Chassis, system, partition, cabinet

Sun M9000: Power, CPU, Enterprise, memory

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