Pride and POWER6
I have been a Jane Austen fan for 30 years. So it is kind of funny to me that only recently have Jane and her novels become truly "hot." I could have predicted it. Austen's novels from so long ago are absolutely relevant today. She is the all time subject matter expert on social manners and situations, which is humorous since she and her books, and the movies made about her and her books, are now designated by people with no social manners at all as "awesome."
Yesterday IBM once again published another awesome POWER6 benchmark, the SAP TRBK (Transaction Banking) standard SAP for Banking application benchmark. The IBM System p 570 POWER6 result, an amazing 15,519,000 postings to bank accounts per hour, was 55% greater than Sun's E6900 result which needed 4 times as many processor cores.(1)
Wealth, incomes and economics play an important role in Austen's novels. It has been calculated that a pound in Jane Austen's time has the same value as almost forty pounds today. It's really clear why a banking benchmark is timeless.
I have read that brand new Jane Austen fans have developed a new way to live life. They simply ask themselves in every situation, "What would Jane do or say?" In this case, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that" . . . POWER6 benchmarks are awesome.
(1) IBM System p 570 (2 processors, 4 cores, 8 threads) 4.7 GHz POWER6 (64 GB main memory) result of 15,519,000 postings to bank accounts/hour for day processing and 7,429,000 balanced accounts/hour for night processing (cert # 2007050) using SAP Deposits Management 4.0 and DB2 9 on AIX 5L Version 5.3. Three application servers: 1 Dialog/Bath/Message/Enq. server: p5-570 (16 processors, 16 cores, 32 threads) 2.2 GHz POWER5+, 128 GB memory; 2 Dialog/Batch servers: p5-570 (16 processors, 16 cores, 32 threads) 2.2 GHz POWER5+, 128 GB Memory
vs. Sun Fire Model E6900 (8 processors, 16 cores, 16 threads) 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ with 2 MB L2 cache on-chip, 32 MB L3 cache off-chip and 56 GB main memory result of 10,012,000 postings to bank accounts/hour for day processing and 6,664,000 balanced accounts/hour for night processing (cert # 2006018) using SAP Account Management 3.0 and Oracle 10g on Solaris 10. Application servers: 1 Message/Enq. server: Sun Fire Model V490 (4 processors, 8 cores, 8 threads) 1.35 GHz UltraSPARC IV; 1 Dialog/Batch server: Sun Fire Model E6900 (16 processors, 32 cores, 32 threads) 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IV+; 2 Dialog/Batch servers: Sun Fire Model E6900 (24 processors, 48 cores, 48 threads) 1.2 GHz UltraSPARC IV; 2 Dialog servers: Sun Fire Model T2000 (1 processor, 8 cores, 32 threads) of 1.0 GHz UltraSPARC T1
Source: http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/; Results as of 8/20/07.
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