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Definition: System/38

A minicomputer from IBM that included an operating system with an integrated relational database management system. Introduced in 1978, it was an advanced departure from previous System/3x computers. The typical system handled from a dozen to several dozen terminals. The System/38 evolved into the AS/400. See System/34, System/36 and AS/400.

The System/38 was an advanced system for its time, incorporating a relational database management system as part of its core software. Most System/38 applications were converted to run on AS/400s. (Image courtesy of IBM.)