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The ALC (ALgorithmic Compression) test package contains UDFs simulating TD13.10 built-in compression functions, test templates for Latin and Unicode character columns and step-by-step instructions. It is intended for TD users to run over specific data at column level to determine compression rates of TD 13.10 built-in compression algorithms. The test results provide information for selecting an appropriate algorithm for specific data. These tests use read-only operations and they can be executed on any release that supports UDFs (V2R6.2 & forward). It is recommended to run these tests off peak hours - they will use a significant amount of system resources (CPU bound).

Teradata 13.10 provides Algorithmic Compression (ALC) feature that allows  users to apply compression / decompression functions on a specific column of character or byte type. The compression / decompression functions may be Teradata built-in functions provided along with ALC or user provided compression / decompression algorithm registered as UDFs.