Benchmarking and systems performance - hosted by Elisabeth Stahl
Blog Authors: 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.
Read all about the new x86 TPC-C benchmark record. And tell your "highest ever" story.
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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