TPC-C is a benchmark that some of us love to hate. It's too old, it's too big, it takes so many resources. But in the end, TPC-C is great to have as a proof point, with all of the detailed performance data behind it.
IBM published an outstanding TPC-C result today on an x3850 X5 system. The IBM result was 27% greater than HP's top DL580 result and the highest ever x86-64 score (1). IBM's eX5 result used MAX5, an industry-first technology that decouples memory from the processor allowing for the unique capability to expand memory independently of the processor to increase the productivity of a single system.
The TPC-C benchmark simulates an order-entry environment of a wholesale supplier -- entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders, and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses. What's so valuable here is that TPC-C represents truly any industry that must manage, sell, or distribute a product or service.
So whatever business we are in, we can take any of our industry applications to the MAX.
(1) IBM System x3850 X5 TPC-C result of 2,308,099 tpmC, $ .64 USD / tpmC. using DB2 9.7 and SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server 11 (SP1), four Intel Xeon X7560 processors at 2.26GHz with 256KB L2 cache per core and 24MB shared L3 cache per processor (4 processors/32 cores/64 threads), availability 05/20/11 vs. HP ProLiant DL580 G7 with the Intel Xeon Processor X7560 at 2.26GHz (4 processors/32 cores/64 threads), Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition SP3, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition; 1,807,347 tpmC, $ .49 USD per tpmC, availability 10/15/10. www.tpc.org, results current as of 11/16/10.
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