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FASTCACHE V1.0 AVAILABLE FOR FTP


TITLE

	FastCache

VERSION

	1.0

AUTHOR

	Philip D'Ath	(pid@waikato.ac.nz)

DESCRIPTION

	FastCache is a fully associative hard drive caching program.  It
	increases the performance of hard drives.

	Following is an extract of the features from the manual.
               * Fully associative cache (one of the best algorithms)
               * LRU cache replacement policy (one of the best)
               * Can handle multiple drives
               * *Should* be able to handle removable media
               * All cache settings are determined at run time
               * Optional write retention
               * Does not require large continuous chunks of memory
               * Uses a hashing system to locate data (one of the best)
               * Performs both forward and reverse prefetching
               * Will utilize the blitter to move data, if possible

               I have spared little effort in writing FastCache.  It uses some
          of the best algorithms (and more often than not, most complex
          algorithms) for nearly everything.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

	KS2.0 preferred and supported, although appears to work under
	KS1.3.  Minimum of 256K of memory required, but the cache will be
	strangled (and a fast processor will be required).  512K of memory
	or better is recommended.  The more memory the better.
	Special versions are supplied for 68000 and 68030 processors.
	And of course, some form of drive that supports seeking is
	required.

HOST NAME

	ftp.th-darmstadt.de and other AMINET sites

DIRECTORY

	/pub/aminet/disk/cache

FILE NAMES

	fcache10.lha

PRICE

	$US20, $A20 or $NZ20.  Payment will be accepted by cheque
	in one of the nominated currencies.  The US and Australian
	prices may appear artificially inflated compared to the New
	Zealand price.  This is to cover the exchange costs of
	converting it to $NZ, and possible communications.

DISTRIBUTABILITY

	This software is distributed under the shareware concept.  The
	prospective owner is granted a 3 month trial period to evaluate
	the software.  FastCache is (c) 1992 by Philip D'Ath.

OTHER

	Future versions are guaranteed NOT to support KS1.3.