In HP COBOL compatibility mode, ACUCOBOL-GT supports the use of the CREATE and ACTIVATE intrinsic functions to load and start separate, directly executable programs. Processes started in this way run asynchronously to the calling program (in a separate thread).
CREATE and ACTIVATE statements that load and launch separately executable programs do not have to be modified in any way. CREATE and ACTIVATE cannot, however, be used to load and launch programs that have been compiled with ACUCOBOL-GT. Existing CREATE and ACTIVATE statements that call programs that are now compiled with ACUCOBOL-GT, must be converted to use the CALL THREAD statement.