Computer meets SA building society growth
Australian Computer Weekly Oct-1979
Online Computer Services Pty. has ordered a Facom M-series 160-F data processing system to upgrade its computer facilities. OCS is the data processing subsidiary of the Co-operative Building Society, the largest building society in South Australia. The system, to cost more than $1 million, will be installed in OCS premises at Rose Park.
OCS general manager Brian Townsley said the new system would give the Co-operative and the four other building societies using the facilities, an expanded and improved service for members. "In the past two-and-a half years we have acquired three extensions to our computer facilities to process the ever growing number of members' accounts which now exceed 220,000," he said. ''An increase in Statewide branch locations is also anticipated, taking the number of immediate response customer services beyond the current 50."
The Facom M-160-F system has 3 Mb of memory, 2500 megabytes of online direct access memory, supporting 781 kilobytes a second, magnetic tape drives, communications processor and other peripherals. Software includes Facom's OSIV/X8 operating system which provides 225 virtual storage spaces of 16 megabytes each; AIM (Advances Information Manager) — a parameter programmed online communication system and a Codasyl-based database system; Staff/X for parameter driven system and development and programming; AIF (Advanced Interactive Facility) for online program development and personal end-user computing; MDS (Management Decision System) for corporate modelling and financial analysis.
Mr Townsley said "The new Facom system will provide a 12-fold increase in capacity. It provides software to enable all terminal handling and database management functions to use a high level language, and can handle transactions at the rate of three a second.