Autores do Blog: ELISABETH STAHL 0600029JQ8 is Chief Technical Strategist and Executive IT Specialist, IBM Systems and Technology Group, and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years.
On Setting a New World Record
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Sun published a press release today that claims "new world records." Not sure I would call an unimpressive SAP SD 2-tier result a record where the IBM p5-570 achieved 2.68 times better performance per core than the Sun server.(1)Or a Sun SPECjAppServer2004 result that is 47% worse performance per core that an IBM result (2) . . .
But as my IBM benchmarking colleague, Clarisse Taaffe-Hedglin, pointed out to me this morning, there is a much more exciting world record that was set today -- France's TGV train performance record. A French train with a 25,000-horsepower engine and special wheels broke the world speed record today for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph. What Clarisse also pointed out was that their development lab set to get more out of it than just a record -- "Sometimes running benchmarks is not just to get a good result but to drive technology to the limit by learning from it and improving design."
All of us should keep that in mind every day - the ride is as important as the destination.
(1) IBM SAP SD 2-tier result of 5520 SD Users (1.97 avg. response time, cert #2006044) on the 16-core IBM System p5-575 (2.2 GHz POWER5+ processor chips, 32 threads) running AIX 5L 5.3 and DB2 UDB 8.2.2 vs. the Sun SAP SD 2-tier result of 6160 SD Users (1.99 avg. response time, cert #2007023) on the Sun Fire E6900 with 48 cores, 48 threads, 24 dual-core UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95 GHz processor chips running Solaris 10 and Oracle 10g.
(2) IBM SPECjAppServer2004 result of 4,368.02 JOPS on IBM BladeCenter HS20 (3.6 GHz Xeon, 20 x 2-core) /p5-570 (16-core database server) configuration running DB2 9 and WebSphere 6.1 vs. Sun SPECjAppServer2004 result on Sun Fire E2900 (24 cores, 12 chips) and 1 Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 1781.37 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.Sources: http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/; http://www.spec.org; http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2007-04/sunflash.20070403.1.xml; Results as of 4/03/07.
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