English Computing Dictionary
◊ OPERATING SYSTEM/MULTIPROGRAMMING OF FIXED TASKS
Operating System/Multiprogramming of Fixed Tasks
(OS/MFT) One of the {IBM} {operating
systems} associated with the {IBM 360}, released in 1966 and
targetted at mid-range {IBM 360} users (typically 360/40,
360/50). OS/MFT was the juinior member of the main 'OS'
series of IBM operating systems, the other being {OS/MVT}.
Smaller 360 mainframes used {DOS}.
OS/MFT shared {JCL} and utilities with OS/MVT but allocated
memory differently. In OS/MFT, partitions of memory were of a
fixed number and size, specified by the generation and
configuration of the operating system. As this class of
mainframe had typically less than 512K of main memory,
partitions tended to be about 128K.
With the advent of {Virtual Storage} and the {System 370}'s
{Dynamic Address Translation} (DAT), OS/MFT was improved to
become {OS/VS1}, taking account of virtual storage in a single
partition up to 16MB.
(1999-01-22)