GoFaster is an application designed to work with OS/400 and i5/OS operating systems, running on the AS/400, iSeries, System i and the new Power hardware running IBM i. Its purpose is to achieve the maximum interactive performance in those servers where interactive capability is limited, in a way that it cannot utilise the total capacity of the respective machine.
Performance is measured by the number of times that a specific type of instruction is executed per second. This number is known as the CPW rate and it allows us to establish comparisons between different machines and models. This rate can make reference to the capacity of interactive type instructions executed , Interactive CPW, or, to the capacity of
A 520-7450 model has a 30 Interactive CPW rating whilst its Total CPW is
Increasing this value via a hardware change or upgrade involves one of the following: addition of interactive cards; change of processor and/or change of model. This often means an increase to the Software Group, which at the same time has repercussions on the maintenance costs of your contracted and own software, as well as increasing its price.
The model mentioned above, a 520- 7450 with interactive CPW of 30, cannot be improved unless we change to a better model like the 520-7451, with which, the Interactive CPW can reach 60, though its total CPW would also need to be increased to 1.000 as part of the upgrade - involving a change of Software Group from P05 to group P10. See the table below for better understanding:
We can now clearly see, that if we have a (*) 520-7450 model, with a Interactive CPW of 30 and we want to have an Interactive CPW of 60, we should upgrade our model 520-7450 to a (**) 520-7451 model, with an Interactive CPW of 60. The manufacturer gives us no other choice. If we need more interactive CPW the only alternative we have is to access more expensive models which will still have their interactive capacity limited by the manufacturer. However, using GoFaster you can simply enhance your Interactive CPW to the 500 rating, which is the Total CPW of the model 520-7450. And at less cost.
With GoFaster we can "unblock" the interactive capacity from any model to achieve the maximum interactive performance, the only limit being the machine's Total CPW. And, all this without having to change or upgrade your machine.
The cost comparison on this moves speaks for
itself- approximately 3.000
Euros for GoFaster against around a 100.000 Euros on unnecessary
upgrades to achieve your interactive needs... and that doesn't include
any possible knock-on effects on software
Observing the other two models shwon on the table above you can come out with convincing arguments that make unnecessary any further comments. For further information on other models different to the ones shown here se our Models Tables.