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program in the country that offered a doctorate degree. North Carolina lagged in computer use at the time, so Brooks was eager to start a graduate program that could train teachers for the state’s high schools and colleges. A stand-alone department was important to attract world-class faculty. “Most computer science at that time was taught in math or electricalengineering departments,” Brooks says. “So the research would be constrained by those host disciplines. We wanted to focus on what we considered most impor tant without worrying about whether it was respectable mathematics or engineering.” Analyzing failure has been the most important way to crystallize learning and teaching throughout his career, Brooks says. His books “The Mythical Man-Month” (1975) and “The Design of Design” (2010) are viewed as essential reading for computer engineers and are widely read outside of the field. “It’s important to stop after a project and think about what lessons you’ve learned, and that isn’t done

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At heart, Brooks has always been a teacher. When one of his high school instructors in Durham, N.C., got sick, he took over the trigonometry and solid geometry course. “They didn’t have anyone on faculty who could do it,” Brooks says. As an undergraduate at Duke, Brooks tutored and taught summer school. Then, after earning his doctorate at Har vard under Howard Aiken, he went to work for IBM in New York. While inventing parts of the IBM 7030 Stretch, then the world’s fastest supercomputer, Brooks was also teaching beginning computing and computer architecture at Vassar and Columbia. “Vassar was first thing in the morning three days a week, and Columbia was three hours on Wednesday nights,” Brooks says. “I was essentially making up new courses.” In fact, Brooks actively continued his own research and publishing to keep open the possibility of a full-time teaching career. In 1964, when Brooks accepted an invitation to start the UNC’s computer-science department, it was only the second stand-alone
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enough because the field moves so fast,” he says. “I’ve always enjoyed writing because it forces you to think through more concretely what you’ve done.” Did he have any sense, at the time, of the importance of his endeavors? Certainly at IBM, Brooks says, the stakes were clear: IBM was betting the entire company on the 360 projects. “But I didn’t know it would have as widespread an effect on the world as it turned out to have.” Questions at the edge of the computer-science field still drive Brooks’ research. He’s working on measuring the effectiveness of virtual environments, such as whether heart-rate changes correspond to similar real-world situations. As with the IBM 360 projects, Brooks can’t predict what lasting effects his work might have.

Sara Aase is a Minneapolisbased freelance writer.

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Table of Contents
On the Web
Editor's Desk: Time is Expensive
Data Display: Utilities, Users and Devices Are Getting Energy Wise Are Getting Energy Wise
Think Smarter: Smart Storage Solutions Let You Have It All
Insider: Energy Efficiency is More Than an Optimized Server
Trends: Case Study Shows IBM’s zEnterprise System Reduces Costs Across the Business
Moving Forward: UniGroup Inc. develops a mainframe-based Web tool to create a more flexible business model.
Tipping the Scale: Labor expenses should influence IT acquisition decisions.
Four-Star Advantage: The Polaris Workshop maps out a custom platform strategy.
Tips and Techniques: Reduce Resource Consumption on DB2 10 for z/OS
Solutions
Advertisers' Index
Stop Run: System/360 Pioneer Fred Brooks Teaches Design That Still Shapes Computing
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Cover2
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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Table of Contents
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 6
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - On the Web
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 10
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Editor's Desk: Time is Expensive
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Data Display: Utilities, Users and Devices Are Getting Energy Wise Are Getting Energy Wise
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Think Smarter: Smart Storage Solutions Let You Have It All
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Insider: Energy Efficiency is More Than an Optimized Server
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 22
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Trends: Case Study Shows IBM’s zEnterprise System Reduces Costs Across the Business
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 26
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Moving Forward: UniGroup Inc. develops a mainframe-based Web tool to create a more flexible business model.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Tipping the Scale: Labor expenses should influence IT acquisition decisions.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Four-Star Advantage: The Polaris Workshop maps out a custom platform strategy.
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 38
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Tips and Techniques: Reduce Resource Consumption on DB2 10 for z/OS
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 43
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Advertisers' Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2011 - Stop Run: System/360 Pioneer Fred Brooks Teaches Design That Still Shapes Computing
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