Open Mainframe Project announces new milestones and opportunities


The Open Mainframe Project recently announced record growth in submission – with more than 105.31 million lines of code written and more than 9,600 commits submitted by the Open Mainframe Project communities so far this year. That is 100% more code than last year with an increased number of active participants in the 20 project and work groups. Those numbers will only increase as open mainframe continues to be the cornerstone of governance and innovation for modernizing the mainframe and its journey to IoT, cloud, and edge computing.

The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a point of contact for the provision and use of Linux and open source in a mainframe computing environment. With the vision of open source on the mainframe as the standard for enterprise-class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to build a community and adopt open source on the mainframe by removing barriers to the value of the mainframe on both technical and business levels Level demonstrating and strengthening collaboration points and resources to help the community thrive.

“The introduction of edge to mainframes has resulted in a myriad of industry-changing innovations,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management the Linux Foundation. “It’s a signal of what’s to come with edge computing and beyond. Open mainframe will continue to be home to projects that help advance training, enterprise, DevOps and z / OS on a global scale and work closely with the thought leaders in technology alongside mainframes. “

  • The COBOL programming course, which started as a project in April last year, set a milestone by being the first open mainframe project to go through the lifecycle and becoming an active project just one year after its start. It is now fully developed and works as an open, transparent and sustainable project. Find out more in this to blog.
  • GenevaERS, introduced last September, is the single-pass optimization engine for data extraction and reporting on z / OS. The project combines the computing power of GenevaERS, the reliability of the mainframe and the dynamism of an open source community. During the year, the project consolidated a governance structure, expanded the community base with active participants from various companies, and created the GenevaERS R&D Labs to research the architecture with other technologies such as Apache Spark.
  • Zowe still one of the most popular projects under the Open Mainframe umbrella. It has spawned new incubator projects that help explore its capabilities, including:
    • Workflow assistanthelps developers and system programmers to simplify the generation and management of z / OSMF workflows. This tool provided by BMC assembles a workflow by reading a library of workflow steps and a properties file. Using rules within these templates, it determines which steps are required, arranges them using the step requirements and writes an XML file of the entire workflow.
    • ZEBRAprovides reusable and industry-compliant JSON-formatted RMF / SMF datasets that enable ISV-SW and users to leverage them with open source software. The Zebra project contributed by Vicom Infinity started as a Zowe mentorship in 2020, but has grown significantly.
  • New working groups
    The Open Mainframe Project starts two new working groups: the Debian s390x Working Group and the Open z / OS Working Group. Working groups provide a vendor-neutral governance structure that enables members to collaborate on solving industry problems.
  • Debian s390x working group
    The new Debian s390x working group aims to oversee the maintenance of the s390x port to ensure that it remains an official architecture for Debian. The group has already begun gathering resources that will help build a community-focused effort in support of the port. The long-term goal is to have an official maintainer who will lead the engagement and share resources and perspectives with the Debian project community. Learn more here.
  • Open z / OS Enablement Working Group
    The Open z / OS Enablement Working Group seeks to lower the barriers to accessing z / OS, the first operating system for IBM System Z mainframes. As mainframes evolve, the shared nature of z / OS makes access more difficult. In contrast to highly partitioned cloud environments without shared resources and thus low security risks, highly secure shared resources are the power behind z / OS. Find out more in this Blog.

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