Mainframe emulators and Mainframe architecture
The mainframe has –
- Mainframe Terminal – This terminal is a screen through which you can feed your input or you can see the output.
- Mainframe Processor – This is the actual processor which processes the data or which process the operation.
The local operating system has –
- Screen/Terminal – Our Local pc or computer has a terminal is a screen through which you can feed your input or you can see the output.
- CPU/Processor – This is the actual processor at out PC end which processes the data or which process the operation.
Mainframe Emulators vs Mainframe Terminal Emulators
- They are used for linking Mainframe Processor with Windows Processor(CPU) so basically, it is a software which emulates the functionality of Mainframe on Windows.
- It provides the implementation of Hardware functionality of Mainframe to windows.
- Hercules is a very powerful free Emulator. So, Hercules is a emulator or simulator which can simulate the functionalities of Mainframe environment on Windows environment.
Mainframe Terminal Emulators –
- They are used for linking the Terminal to your Desktop Terminal(Screen).
- It is the emulator software which will duplicate the functionalities of IBM Mainframe computer Terminal on Windows PC Terminal.
There are lots of Free and Paid Terminal Emulators in the market like –
- Ericom TN3270 emulator – https://www.ericom.com/tn3270.asp
- Mocha TN3270 – https://www.mochasoft.dk/tn3270.htm
- Tom Brennan Vista TN3270 – https://www.tombrennansoftware.com/download.html
- Emtec Zoc TN3270 emulator – https://www.emtec.com/zoc/tn3270-terminal-emulation.html
- Rocket Bluzone TN3270 emulator – https://www.rocketsoftware.com/products/rocket-bluezonepassport-terminal-emulator/rocket-bluezone-tn3270-vista
- Cryptoterm TN3270 emulator – http://www.cryptoterm.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=6&lang=en
- Passport host integration – http://passport-host-integration-objects.zephyr-development-corp.qarchive.org/
- Free Host 3270 – https://sourceforge.net/projects/freehost3270/
- X3270 – https://sourceforge.net/projects/x3270/