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IBM Honors the 2012 Mainframe Masters

In what’s become an IBM sign of spring, the top winners of the 2012 Master the Mainframe contest from North America, Spain and Spanish Latin America were honored during award ceremonies late last month in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The honorees included:

• Carlos Adan Palacios, Universidad Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain
• Sushain Cherivirala of Dulles High School, Sugar Land, Texas
• Miles Nosler of Texas State University, San Marcos
• Benjamin Paul of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind.
• Nahuel Tori, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The top-three North American finishers, respectively, were Nosler, Paul and Cherivirala. A full list of the top honorees is available at the Master the Mainframe Wall of Fame.

Sponsored by the IBM Academic Initiative, the contest has seen eight consecutive years of growth. It’s designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to learn about enterprise computing, in particular the z/OS operating system. Each of the contest’s three stages is progressively more difficult:

1. IBM provides screenshots and direction as to what students need to do in order to introduce basic mainframe concepts and get participants comfortable with the mainframe interface.
2. Students apply what they’ve learn in Part 1 to perform more extensive systems programming and application development tasks.
3. Contestants tackle real-life challenges encountered by systems programmers, requiring them to do extensive work over weeks and months.

“The fantastic turnout by students and difficult challenges set by our IBM technical experts made this our toughest contest yet,” says Michael Todd, team leader, IBM Master the Mainframe contest. “All of the student competitors deserve special recognition for their extraordinary accomplishments, and we hope they will continue to use the skills they’ve learned to help organizations build their big data, cloud and mobile computing projects.”

In North American alone, more than 4,600 students from the U.S. and Canada participated—the most since the contest’s inception in 2005, when 750 students registered to compete. Worldwide, the 2012 competition attracted 13,813 students from 25 nations, including the recent additions of Austria, India, Poland and Spain.

Since 2005, more than 59,000 students have registered to compete in IBM student mainframe contests across 33 countries. The 2013 contests will kick off this fall.

Mike Westholder is site editor of Destinationz.org.

Posted: 4/9/2013 1:01:01 AM by Mike Westholder

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