What’s the Role of z-Systems in the Digital Era?

di Claudio Maria Perfetto 22 Maggio 2019

In an article published by Le Monde in 1948, the Dominican Father Dominique Dubarle, while writing a review about Norbert Wiener’s book on Cybernetics, hypothesized the existence of a machine (the machine à gouverner) able to collect information on production and the market in order to support governments in managing the customary machinery of politics.

Father Dubarle’s idea has nowadays become a reality in Data Processing Centers (DPCS) — the set of people and information technologies that grant the delivery of IT services — in which the mainframe (i.e. the machine à gouverner) automatically supervises the production management of IT services by collecting innumerous set of data both inside and outside the DPC. The mainframe synchronizes the work of thousands of people and the access to thousands of devices, in order to follow the plan and to reach the goals established by the DPC’s manager.

The machine à gouverner has become a reality in the society we live in as well: even if it is in its embryonic state, one can certainly see it at work in the gig economy, a type of work organized through online platforms. In a nutshell, it can be defined as job on demand; food delivery services are an example of this: all one needs is a bike, a smartphone, an account to access the website of the company offering the delivery service and then wait for the algorithm of the app to employ the rider (this is the name of the worker who delivers food to one’s house).

Every day we witness the ability to digitally connect among each other companies, con­su­­mers and the public administration increase, and nothing can prevent us from thinking that the organization of work using online platforms could not expand from the microeconomic level to the macroeconomic one, fully actualizing Father Dubarle’s vision.

This essay aims to show how DCP can be compared to a small-scale nation and can serve as a laboratory for economic experiments in conditions close to those of the real world; moreover it shows how DCP’s production management model, applied to the digital nation, can solve the problem of generational unemployment, the biggest problem of our digital era.

Keywords: System z, machine à gouverner, digital money, digital economy, digital nation.

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Sono programmatore di sistema con una profonda conoscenza del sistema operativo MVS che gestisce gli elaboratori mainframe IBM. Sono specialista in Tuning, Performance Management e Capacity Planning. Ho notato che il mainframe utilizza la stessa logica di produzione utilizzata dalle imprese. A tutti gli effetti, il mainframe è una 'impresa artificiale'. Analizzando i report di performance prodotti dal mainframe, ho trovato che essi possono essere interpretati in termini economici. In altre parole, il Centro di Elaborazione Dati si comporta come una nazione in scala ridotta. Ho scoperto che i modelli economici (come la domanda e l’offerta aggregata) e le leggi informatiche (come la legge del tempo di risposta e la legge di Little) coincidono: perciò, ho sviluppato una teoria unitaria del mondo economico e del mondo informatico che ho chiamato “Economatica”. ***** I am a systems programmer with an in-depth knowledge of the IBM mainframe MVS operating system. I am a specialist in Tuning, Performance Management and Capacity Planning. I realized that mainframe computers use the same production logic that is used by companies. A mainframe is in effect an 'artificial enterprise'. While analyzing the performance reports produced by the mainframe, I found that they can be interpreted in economic terms. In other words, the Data Processing Center behaves like a small-scale nation. I discovered that economic models (such as the aggregate demand and supply model) and computer laws (such as the law of response time and the law known as Little’s law) coincide: I therefore developed a theory called "Economatics" that unified the economic world and the computer world.********

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