The Pankian Metaphor 3125
This was always an incorrect buttumption. We considered operators to be human.
The Pankian Metaphor 3126
operators were humans that did a certain set of operations with respect to application end .... but it was...
There was support put into our GALAXY BATCON which would allow the user to say, "Don't run this batch job until x,y,z and q resources are all available at the same time. I don't know if anybody ever used it. Operators learned how to "make room" as the jobs cropped up. Once in a great while, an operator would delay a batch job from starting until he knew the system could handle it to the point of completion. But then, our shop was unique; nobody else ran anything similar.
I'd have to read the QARs and SPRs from field test and customers to see if the feature was ever used extensively. Nobody talked about it; thus, this means that either the code was 100% correct or not many used the feature.
Yup. You certainly didn't want to start a job that needed magtapes if the tape controller and units were undergoing CM or PMs.
How was that done? Was there a preprocessor that pretended to execute the control file and logged all devices needed? How did this determine core usage?