Browse Definitions:
Quiz

Quiz: Mainframe Acronym-o-phobia

Acronyms abound in the mainframe world. Words like CICS and MIPS get thrown around every day -- but do you know exactly what they mean? This quiz will test your mainframe acronym acumen. Just click on the hyperlink after the four possible answers to learn the whether you're correct or not. Enjoy!

   Question 1: The dish on EBCDIC
   Question 2: Getting your kicks with CICS
   Question 3: DASD? Is that a Latin word?
   Question 4: Eany meany miny IMS-o
   Question 5: RACF attack
   Question 6: MIPS and dip
   Question 7: MVS is the best
   Question 8: Rexx is king
   Question 9: Jazzed about zAAP
   Question 10: The ABCs of BMC

 

  What does EBCDIC stand for?

  • A) Extended Binary Code Decimal Interchange Control
  • B) Extended Binary Control Decimal Interchange Code
  • C) Easy But Concise Decimal Information Counter
  • D) Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for EBCDIC.

  What does CICS stand for as in "Joe Smith develops CICS applications for mainframes."

  • A) Customer Information Control System
  • B) Customer Interface Control System
  • C) Central Information Control System
  • D) Computing Instructions Control System

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for CICS.

  What does DASD stand for?

  • A) Data Systems Authorization Directory
  • B) Digital's Attempted Storage Domination
  • C) Data Systems Storage Device
  • D) Direct Access Storage Device

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for DASD.

  What does IMS stand for?

  • A) IBM's Management Scenario
  • B) Infrastructure Managed Services
  • C) Initially Managed Storage
  • D) Information Management System

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition of IMS.

  What does RACF stand for?

  • A) Remote Access Computing Facility
  • B) Resource Allocation Control Facility
  • C) Really Alarming Computing Fact
  • D) Resource Access Control Facility

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for RACF.

  What does MIPS stand for?

  • A) Multiple Instructions Per Session
  • B) Million Instructions Per Second
  • C) Meaningless Indicator of Processor Speed
  • D) Many Important Selling Points

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for MIPS here.

  What does MVS stand for?

  • A) Multiple Virtual Storage
  • B) Mainframe Virtual System
  • C) Mainframe Virtualization System
  • D) Multiple Virtualization System

Think you know the answer?  Read the definition for MVS here.

  What does Rexx stand for?

  • A) Reactive Enforcement Execution Exchange language
  • B) Reactived Extendable Exchange language
  • C) Restructured Extended Executor language
  • D) None of the above

Think you know the answer? Read the definition for Rexx here.

  What does zAAP stand for?

  • A) Zippy Application Assessment Program
  • B) zSeries Assistance and Assessment Protocol
  • C) zSeries Application Assessment Protocol
  • D) zSeries Application Assist Processor

Think you know the answer? Learn what zAAP stands for at IBM.com.

 

  Everyone knows IBM stands for "International Business Machine" but what does the BMC in BMC Software come from?

  • A) Business Management and Control
  • B) Binding Mainframes and Commerce
  • C) Building Mainframe Control
  • D) None of the above -- BMC Software was named after its founders: Scott Boulett , John Moores and Dan Cloer.

The answer is D. Learn more about BMC Software at BMC.com. 

This was last updated in July 2008

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

SearchCompliance

  • PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board)

    The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) is a Congressionally-established nonprofit that assesses audits of public ...

  • cyborg anthropologist

    A cyborg anthropologist is an individual who studies the interaction between humans and technology, observing how technology can ...

  • RegTech

    RegTech, or regulatory technology, is a term used to describe technology that is used to help streamline the process of ...

SearchSecurity

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, is a symmetric block cipher used by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • identity theft

    Identity theft, also known as identity fraud, is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personally identifiable ...

  • spear phishing

    Spear phishing is an email-spoofing attack that targets a specific organization or individual, seeking unauthorized access to ...

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

  • disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

    One approach to a strong disaster recovery plan is DRaaS, where companies offload data replication and restoration ...

SearchStorage

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an ...

  • GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store ...

  • virtual memory

    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an OS that allows a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by ...

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • Tier 0

    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of data storage that is faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage ...

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

  • SSD caching

    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive so ...

SearchCloudStorage

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

  • Zadara VPSA and ZIOS

    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

Close