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Startup Command and Parameter Reference
Startup Parameter Descriptions : Speed Sort (-TB)

Speed Sort (-TB)

Use Speed Sort (-TB) primarily to improve sort performance, particularly during index rebuild operations.
Operating system and syntax
UNIX / Windows
-TB blocksize
Use with
Maximum value
Minimum value
Single-user default
Multi-user default
Client Session   
The block size in kilobytes, to allocate when sorting records for reports and when rebuilding indexes. The default block size is 8K but can be reset anywhere from 1KB to 31KB.
If you increase the block size beyond 8KB, OpenEdge sorts records faster but uses more memory and disk space in the process. If system memory is severely limited, you might actually choose to lower the block size.
Sort space is allocated in the SRT file, a temporary session file having a system-generated unique name with the prefix srt. OpenEdge uses the SRT file to store session-compile modules, to swap r-code segments into and out of the in-memory execution buffer, and as temporary work space during sorting (including rebuilding indexes). Use -TB to set the SRT file block size (that is, the increments by which the SRT file grows).
In summary, increase -TB to at least 8 to improve index rebuild operations by 15 percent or more. Or, decrease -TB to 1 to relieve severe Windows memory shortages during sort operations.
See also the Merge Number (-TM), Maximum Memory (-mmax), and PROLIB Swap (-pls) startup parameters.