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May 19, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Where most companies take their operating system releases up in point ones and twos, rampant inflation rules at Minneapolis and when Honeywell introduced a major new release of the GCOS 8 top-end mainframe operating system back in November 1985, it was dubbed SR2500. Time has come round for another big facelift, and the new release is called SR3000. The major enhancements this time around are in the area of database management and Honeywell Bull has supplemented the venerable IDS II with a new SQL relational database called Interel integrated with the operating system and supported by a dynamic data dictionary to the proposed ANSI standard. A new data supervisor for reading and updating Interel files, also enables read access via a single SQL predicate to conventional databases. Infoedge is a new interactive decision support environment for microcomputer users attached to Honeywell Bull and NEC hosts, and uses two programs on the MS-DOS computer, PCI 8 and Micro-SQL. These enable micro users to access data management and retrieval functions on the host. The new product is claimed to be totally compatible with its existing Personal Data Query predecessor, which was based on a subset of SQL. Honeywell Bull promises that Infoedge will be further enhanced with applications development extensions later this year. Also enhanced in the SR3000 release of GCOS 8 is the Magna 8 applications generator, which now supports development of complete Codasyl-compliant transaction and batch applications. Honeywell Bull is also promising generation of SQL predicates in an Interel relational database environment for a future release of Magna 8. The new SR3000 release also supports new Cobol 85 and Ada compilers, extends fault-tolerant features, and enhances communications in the fields of distributed applications and heterogeneous computer architectures. The TP8 transactional monitor has also been enhanced.

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