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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
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