Introduction

This COBOL system includes both 32-bit and a 64-bit versions of both the development and run time systems. This enables you to create new 64-bit programs, or to convert existing 32-bit programs.

64-bit COBOL programs are restricted to 32-bit sizes, but have 64-bit pointers. Therefore, COBOL elements such as Data Division sizes, offsets, Procedure Divisions, and so on, are restricted to 32-bits; however, these elements are addressed with 64-bit pointers.

The COBOL system works in two modes, 64-bit or 32-bit. In 64-bit mode, the development environment and tools are enabled to work with 64-bit programs.