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SyncSort for z/OS Release 1.3 Delivers Significant Gains in Performance and Productivity

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Syncsort's newest release of SyncSort for z/OS offers new capabilities for exploiting the latest features of the z/OS operating system and z9(TM) processors. With this release, users will achieve substantial reductions in elapsed time and CPU time through SyncSort's ability to offload certain sort processes to a zIIP processor and SyncSort's effective use of the z9's(TM) MIDAW facility. In addition, new data utility features improve productivity.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ — Syncsort's newest release of SyncSort for z/OS offers new capabilities for exploiting the latest features of the z/OS operating system and z9(TM) processors. With this release, users will achieve substantial reductions in elapsed time and CPU time through SyncSort's ability to offload certain sort processes to a zIIP processor and SyncSort's effective use of the z9's(TM) MIDAW facility. In addition, new data utility features improve productivity.

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Performance Improvements

SyncSort for z/OS Release 1.3 is up to 25% faster than the previous release. These performance gains derive from exploitation of the z9's(TM) MIDAW I/O technology — reducing channel, director, and control unit overhead — and the System z9(TM) Integrated Information Processor (zIIP), both of which are available on IBM System z9(TM) Enterprise Class (z9-109) and IBM System z9(TM) Business Class processors.

Performance advances, such as enhanced memory management techniques and the use of memory objects with more applications, also result in elapsed time savings for a wide variety of applications. Early release of pages backing a memory object provides benefits to the overall system by freeing the central storage resource at the earliest possible point.

Enhanced Data Utility Features

Many new features — designed to improve productivity and development time — make their appearance in SyncSort for z/OS Release 1.3. These features include:

— Enhanced processing of fields in equally-keyed records including MIN, MAX, and AVG functions available on the new DUPKEYS control statement. — Improved support for date processing, most notably the ability to convert a Julian date to a printable Gregorian date. — New and enhanced parameters for the INREC, OUTREC, and OUTFIL OUTREC control statements, such as the addition of IFTHEN and PARSE parameters. — Enhancements to the INCLUDE/OMIT control statement, such as the NUM feature and simplified syntax. — Enhancements to the OUTFIL control statement including support for MAXSORT. — Enhancements to the DB2 Query function to support additional data types. — Enhanced compatibility with other sort products.

"The new features and functionality of release 1.3 are the result of Syncsort's continuing focus on producing high-performance software," said Dan Regan, Syncsort's senior vice president. "By our responding to evolving architectures and new information processing requirements, Syncsort's customers will experience significant productivity and performance benefits."

About Syncsort

Syncsort Incorporated is a leading developer of high-performance data management and data protection software for mainframe, UNIX, Linux and Windows environments. For nearly 40 years, Syncsort has built a reputation for superior product performance and reliable technical support. Over 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are Syncsort customers, and Syncsort's products are used in more than 50 countries to protect data in distributed environments, provide complete DR solutions, speed data warehouse processing, and improve performance of data-intensive applications and processes. For more information, visit the Syncsort Web site at www.syncsort.com.

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