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Amdahl, ‘father’ of modern computing, dies

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Gene Amdahl, credited with many of the technologies used in modern computing, has died, aged 92.
Amdahl was IBM’s chief architect in the 1960s, overseeing the development of the System/360 mainframe range, which employ technologies that are still central to computing today.
The IBM System/360 series was revolutionary in its day for enabling different machines to process data at various levels of power and speed, orchestrated by a common computing language. This technology is still used in some IBM mainframes, and it is the core of smartphone and search engine technology.
In 1970, Amdahl left IBM and formed his own company, Amdahl Corporation, which successfully challenged IBM’s dominance in the computer industry. His next business venture, Trilogy, wasn’t successful, however.
Amdahl is survived by his wife, two daughters, a brother and five grandchildren.