32-Bit High-Performance Operating System
- Designed around the 32-bit 386, 486, and Pentium environments, the
real-time NetWare 3.12 NOS provides a foundation of speed and reliability.
- NetWare 3.12 is a multitasking operating system that provides the
high performance necessary for network computing.
- NetWare 3.12 operates faster and more efficiently than network operating
systems that run on top of general-purpose operating systems because it
accesses the server's CPU directly.
- For even higher performance, you can use Novell's 32-bit NE3200 and
NE/2-32 network adapters to increase your network's speed.
The NetWare 3.12 NOS's Universal File System provides a variety of features
that improve performance.
Memory and Storage
- It employs Turbo FATs on large files to substantially improve the
speed of disk reads.
- It also uses directory caching, file caching, and directory hashing
to decrease the time required to read and write information.
- NetWare 3.12 uses a disk access technique called "elevator seeking"
to efficiently service multiple disk requests.
- This technique enables the disk read/write head to pick up files in
the direction in which the head is traveling across the disk, increasing
disk throughput and reducing wear on disk components.
- Split seeks, in which data is read from the first available hard disk
regardless of whether it is the primary disk, are also implemented automatically.
- Furthermore, the NetWare 3.12 NOS improves data access and storage
speeds by using data-scattering technology to spread data over multiple