It loosely looks like a savearea chain with some additional detail, expanded on stack.
Presently Im looking into XL documentation. If someone knows a resource/doc, where ABI is specified, or some comments on the subject, please share.
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It appears to me to be the Language Environment model. In turn, this model goes back to 1960s common practice for reenterable programs. In this model, reg 13 points to a "standard" 72 byte register save area followed by a work area.
For better or worse, many working Assembler programmers have abandoned this model. Reg 13 still points to a save area, but a second register points to a work area shared by, at least, all the internal functions in a single program.
Yes, I know any CS101 alumni will point out this model is flawed, but those CS101 professors are seldom working Assembler programmers, and they look down on us as vermin.