Today I had to access the internet. Without an existing internet connection. So I did what I used to do for many years. I dialed in.
Which worked OK. Yes, a bit slow. Yes, I had to wait what seemed like forever for an email to be sent. But it worked.
But would you choose to dial in if you didn't actually have to even if you could?
Which is the same question I have about the SAP BI benchmarks. Oracle recently made claims on a Fujitsu server with the new "Nehalem-EX" processor. The benchmark used was the SAP BI Data Mart benchmark. The data mart scenario is one use of the Business Intelligence capabilities of SAP NetWeaver. The data mart contains a static snapshot of operational data. Multiple users run queries on this data in 10 InfoCubes which contain 2,500,000,000 records. IBM last published on this benchmark in 2008.
The newer and more sophisticated SAP BI benchmark is the SAP BI MXL benchmark where IBM recently published leadership POWER7 results. The mixed load scenario also demonstrates the Business Intelligence capabilities of SAP NetWeaver. In this scenario however, query activity and load/update activity are executed in parallel. Multiple users run queries on data in 10 SD InfoCubes using the following size categories for the initial data load: 300 million records or 1000 million records or 3000 million records. In three phases during high load activity, static operational data is extended with delta data.
Why would you choose to demonstrate leadership with your software on a brand new processor with a less sophisticated and intensive benchmark? When the results can not be compared with POWER7 results? Would you choose to dial in if you didn't have to?
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