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Capacities outstripping needs

Library Systems Newsletter [June 1998]

When it comes to processing power, the automated library systems now available outstrip the needs of any existing library. For example, a recent benchmark by one North American vendor of automated library systems (CARL) confirmed that a Tandem NonStop Himalaya 1(2000 system could process 11,900 transactions per minute with response times averaging less than one second on a database of 12.7 million bibliographic records and 3.5 million patrons. It was projected that the system could accommodate a billion patron access catalog and circulation transactions a year. Other vendors claim that they can match this performance. The challenge facing large libraries then, is purchasing the machine which optimizes price/performance based on its projected needs, rather than the biggest machine available.

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Publication Year:1998
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 18 Number 06
Issue:June 1998
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Subject: Library automation systems -- performance
Record Number:5739
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