Last weekend, like about half of the civilized world, I went to see the new Harry Potter movie. It's a wonderful movie, even if you're not an avid reader of the books, because it's a true teenage suspense thriller. Without releasing any spoilers, one scene struck me as unreal. Our heroes on a "camping trip" are settled in a tent. And not just any little pup tent. This tent is bigger than many homes, has real furniture, is warm and inviting. There's even a teapot for when it's time to have scones.
Which reminded me of Oracle's new TPC-C result published today. What is realistic for a system? Do you have:
27 servers with 1728 cores at your disposal for your database? 13,824 threads? 1.76 petabytes of storage? $23 million to spend on storage for one cluster?
With all of these resources you would expect an amazing result. But IBM's clustered result from August is actually over 3 times the performance per core of this brand new Oracle result.(1) And the IBM result only requires the energy, space, and complexity of systems management for 3 servers rather than Oracle's 27.
Next time I go hiking I would love to encounter a Harry Potter tent. But in reality I don't think I will -- no matter what trail I take.
(1) IBM Power 780 cluster (3 x 64 core) (24 chips, 192 cores, 768 threads) with DB2 9.7 TPC-C result of 10,366,254 tpmC, $1.38/tpmC, configuration available 10/13/10) vs. Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster with T3-4 Servers (27 x 64 core) (108 chips, 1728 cores, 13824 threads) TPC-C result of 30,249,688 tpmC, $1.01/tpmC, configuration available 6/1/11). Source: www.tpc.org. Results current as of 12/02/10.
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