jwsmobile jws at
Mon Aug 10 15:43:44 CDT 2015

On 8/10/2015 1:24 PM, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
> There have been a few references to MTS over the past couple of months 
> that led me to suspect people are running it under Hercules.  I did 
> some poking around a while back and managed to find some tape images 
> (bitsaver, I think), and did some cursory reading of the release notes.
> I think there might be enough there to IPL and perform a basic 
> installation, but what immediately caught my attention was the mention 
> that sites had to purchase ASMH from IBM, which leads me to believe 
> the public distributions don't contain an assembler.
> I cut my teeth on *real* computers on the U of Alberta's Amdahl 
> running MTS, and I can't possibly imagine using it without an 
> assembler.  So my first question is: is anyone running MTS under 
> Hercules from these public images?  And if yes, question 2 is: which 
> languages are included?
> One of the main reasons I would like to get MTS running would be to 
> play around with the scheduler code.  I remember some changes that 
> were introduced circa 1981 that - I thought - destroyed the 
> interactive response time of the system.  E.g. APL went from being a 
> joy to practically un-usable, IMO.  I've always wanted to poke around 
> in there and see if I couldn't fix it.
> And to get thoroughly esoteric and obscure, what are the odds that 
> someone out there squirreled away an archive of SHOW:? from UQV-MTS?
> --lyndon
there is a Yahoo group, H390-MTS at which I archive and is 
active which deals with MTS, assuming that it is the same mainframe system.

I didn't see that you had posted to any of the yahoogroups Hercules 
groups, and you may be lurking, but wanted to mention them.  I can post 
all of the hercules groups or send them offline if you need.


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