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MIF

 [mif]
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MIF

Abbreviation for migration-inhibitory factor.
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MIF

A gene on chromosome 22q11.23 that encodes macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MMIF), a proinflammatory lymphokine involved in innate cell-mediated immunity, immunoregulation and inflammation, which regulates macrophage function in host defence by suppressing the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids.

Molecular pathology
Genetic variations of MIF have been linked to an increase in susceptibility to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
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By migrating their mainframe-connected storage networks from ESCON to FICON , customers can take advantage of the following benefits:
-- Optimized resources - Customers will benefit from FICON's ability to greatly improve application performance through increased throughput.
-- Ease of management - Since FICON greatly increases the bandwidth capacity over ESCON (FICON 100MB/s full duplex, ESCON 17MB/s half duplex) customers enjoy dramatic simplification of their fabric due to the transition from multiple ESCON channels onto a single FICON channel.
-- Lower costs/Investment Protection - McDATA's Intrepid 6000 Series FICON Directors are upgradeable to 10 Gb/s as the customers' data needs evolve.
"FICON will deliver a significant boost to the performance of many mainframe applications," said John McArthur, vice president of storage research for IDC.
Data starts on the mainframe and is sent through the Fibre Channel network over the FICON ULP to an intelligent storage subsystem that supports both FCP and FICON coimnands.
If file transfers can be accomplished with FICON, the next integration step would be data sharing between mainframes and open systems.
It is possible that open systems computers could someday be able to participate in a Parallel Sysplex cluster by implementing Parallel Sysplex technology over Fibre Channel and FICON. Other processes would be needed to make the necessary data format conversions as well as providing the link and device protocols needed.