Query language

Query language

OA linked to mainframe Sperry Computer Systems, as Sperry Univac will be called from April 1983, has now entered the office automation arena with the ...

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OA linked to mainframe Sperry Computer Systems, as Sperry Univac will be called from April 1983, has now entered the office automation arena with the announcement of Sperrylink. According to Bill Read, vice-president of Sperry UK, Sperrylink is different from other office systems in that it was designed top-down, starting with the database in the mainframe and coming down to the desktop. In fact Sperrylink is being marketed primarily only to Univac 1100 mainframe users. This is because the real payoff is from electronic mail, says Sperry, and large users would show the greatest benefit. The Sperrylink deskstation can operate standalone, as part of a group linked by a single Distributed Office Processing Station (DOPS), or as an interface to the mainframe. The DOPS acts as a controller for up to 15 deskstations, providing functions such as electronic mail, administrative services, additional storage and an interface to the mainframe. Voice processing is also to form part of the Sperrylink office. The Voice Information Processing System will provide up to 1 000 users with the ability to send and receive messages from a touchtone equipped telephone. The VIP system, which allows messages to be stored, and flags system users when they have waiting messages, is designed to work in conjunction with Private Automatic Branch Exchanges. It can be installed as a standalone system. Further to this, Sperry Computer Systems has announced a cooperation agreement with Northern Telecom Inc. to ensure compatibility of their future products. The companies


IBM networkusing 3M’s modem. have established a test site at Salt Lake City, where Sperry’s communications and terminals headquarters is based, where NTI’s SL- 1 PBX is being used in conjunction with Sperrylink, operating as the local area network vehicle for the office system. Sperrylink offers personal computing, word processing, administrative services and electronic mail. In the USA and Canada the EMS can now access the Western Union’s combined store/forward message delivery systems. This opens to Sperrylink users services such as teletypewriter, telex, mailgram, telegram and cablegram, and high-speed store and forward facilities. Sperrylink will also support Mapper, the application generation package. A pilot project for Sperrylink itself has been running at the 3M Corporation since 1981. The site has 140 deskstations and 10 DOPS systems. A recent order from the 3M Corporation will triple the size of the installation. The first order to be taken in the UK for Sperrylink comes from the Merlin Geophysical Company. (Sperry Computer syste?ns, Stonebridge Park, North Circular Road, London NW10 US, UK. Tel: 01-965 0511.) 0

Query language An alternative to IBM’s relational database query language, SQL, has been developed by Sydney Development, a Canadian software Brm. Sydney’s product, called Conquest, offers colour business graphics, which it says, is not available on the IBM or many other competitive systems. Conquest runs under VMI CMS or MVSTSO, and has its own high-level command and data definition language. The query language is part of a planned family of decision support products which will be marketed under the name Conquer. It is the first system product to be produced from funds made available in Canada through the Sydney Advanced Technology Ltd Partnership, a tax shelter which raised C$7.79M in December 1981, followed by a similar amount in September 1982. Also announced by Sydney are a library system for Datapoint minis - originally developed by Easy Data Systems Ltd, and a project management system for larger IBM machines. Scheduling and resource

levelling form the major part of the modules. (Sydney Development Company (UK) Ltd, 13 Wilton Place, London SWlX 8RL, UK. Tel: 01-2352939.) 0

Modems for IBM 3M has launched a range 01 baseband modems aimed at simplifying IBM network communications. The 6600 series provides transparent highspeed communications between an IBM 3274 control unit and up to 32 remote terminals, over a single existing RG-62 U coaxial cable. The terminals can be groups of 4, 8 or 32. This replaces the usual methods of connecting each terminal to the control unit by a separate cable, or via a telecommunications unit. The system can also be used with IBM 7274 control units located remotely and connected to the mainframe by a telecommunications link. There are three models in the series. The 6632 is a 32 port unit, the 6608 an eight port unit, and the 6604 has four ports. All models operate by multiplexing data from IBM equipment into a single data stream, which is then transmitted over the coaxial cable to be

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