May 21, 1999

For Immediate Release

Empress RDBMS Provides the Database Solution to Leverage 64-bit Computing Technology

Greenbelt, MD. -- Empress Software Inc. announces the availability of its latest release V8.20 on several major 64-bit platforms. Empress RDBMS provides developers with the leverage to manage VLDB (Very Large Database) applications in a 64-bit computing environment. For such intense data applications, a 64-bit platform combined with a high- performance database like the Empress RDBMS provides a solid solution; application developers can provide rapid data retrieval, address large amounts of memory, handle substantially larger files and process complex computations faster.

The ability to address large amounts of memory improves the performance of database operations. Large portions of an Empress databases can be directly cached into memory via Empress's shared memory feature. Application developers can also choose to configure the entire RDBMS as an in-memory databases management system. This ability to store such vast data in-memory translates into much faster data access times since memory access is much quicker than disk access.

"Empress application developers have always had a strong presence in the diverse fields that gain a great deal from proceeding into the 64-bit environment arena," states John Kornatowski, President Of Empress Software. "The powerful Empress RDBMS within a robust 64-bit operating environment significantly surpasses the capabilities of 32-bit computing especially in applications dealing with simulation and scientific data analysis, multimedia web application development, geographical information services, data warehousing and high-resolution graphics management." Furthermore, in a 64-bit environment, much larger files can be handled. For example, hundreds of DVD videos can be stored. This capability, combined with Empress's ability to efficiently store and retrieve a variety of complex data types, makes Empress ideal for any application that requires the fast handling of a various multimedia. In addition, the maximum number of records per Empress database table and the maximum size of each record significantly increases via a 64-bit platform.

Higher precision calculations within Empress database applications can also be performed via a 64-bit computing environment. With such accurateness in mathematical calculations, application developers can perform calculations that produce sharper and better defined images. Therefore, with Empress, not only can large images be stored with efficiency and speed, but they can be rendered with a higher degree of precision.

Currently, Empress RDBMS is available on several major 64-bit UNIX operating systems. They are Compaq's TRU64 UNIX, Hewlett Packard's HP-UX, SGI IRIX, and Sun Sparc Solaris 7.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS V8.20 is one of the most powerful and cost-effective development databases especially designed for embedded systems developers operating on Unix, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in many fields including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, geographical information systems and network management.

For more information about Empress, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at or send e-mail to You can write to us at Empress Software, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Greenbelt, MD, 20770.

Empress Software Inc.                 Empress Software Inc.
3100 Steeles Ave East                 6401 Golden Triangle Drive
Markham, Ontario, Canada              Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
Phone: (905) 513-8888                 Phone: (301) 220-1919
Fax:   (905) 513-1668                 Fax:   (301) 220-1997