The most exciting news today is the publishing of the TOP500 list of the most powerful supercomputers. IBM again leads in the TOP500 with the most installed aggregate throughput, the most systems in the TOP10, TOP50 and TOP100. The fastest machine in Europe, the most energy-efficient system, the most energy-efficient x86 cluster. In fact, IBM had 18 of the 20 most energy-efficient systems.
It's no wonder that Oracle would publish a press release today that has nothing to do with the TOP500. Oracle has just published a press release touting an SAP Business Intelligence "world record" benchmark result.
Here's what you need to know:
Oracle has chosen an older simpler SAP BI benchmark rather than the more sophisticated SAP BI-MXL benchmark that IBM has published outstanding POWER7 results on. Oracle's new result is on a Fujitsu system. Oracle compares their brand new result with an IBM result from almost two years ago that had 8 times fewer cores and used older technology.(1)
Oh, and in the TOP500 today, IBM had the most systems with 198. HP had 185. Cray had 21. And Oracle/Sun. They had 12.
(1) SAP Business Intelligence-Data Mart (BI-D) standard application benchmark Throughput/hour (query navigation steps): 1,624,629 CPU utilization of central server: 94% (2 nodes active: 93% / 94%) Operating system, central server: SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 RDBMS: Oracle Database 11g Configuration: 2 server (2 active nodes): Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX600 S5, 4 processors / 32 cores / 64 threads, Intel Xeon Processor X7560, 2.26 GHz, and Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX600 S5, 4 processors / 32 cores / 64 threads, Intel Xeon Processor X7560, 2.26 GHz, 6.40GT/s Intel® QPI. Certification number: 2010024 (2) The SAP BI-D standard application benchmark Throughput/hour: 182,112 query navigation steps CPU utilization of central system: 94% Operating system, Central server: i 6.1 RDBMS: DB2 for i 6.1 Configuration: Central server: IBM Power System 570, 4 processors / 8 cores / 16 threads, POWER6, 5 GHz. Certification number: 2008063.
Sources: www.top500.org, www.sap.com Results current as of 6/1/10.
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