In a study I read about this week, it appears that working actually provides an important component of the environment that improves cognitive functioning. In other words, the earlier you retire, the more quickly your memory may decline.
The good news about this finding is that the more we analyze benchmark results, the better it is for the health of our brain.
Oracle published a TPC-H 3TB benchmark last week on the Sun M9000 using Oracle 11g. What amazed me was that Oracle would actually compare it to an IBM result when the IBM Power Systems result was clearly 1.5 times better performance per core than the Oracle result.(1) And that doesn't even take into account the fact that:
The Oracle result had an availability date in 2Q11 while the IBM result was from 2009. The Oracle result was on a brand new system while the IBM result was on a POWER6 system, not even on a POWER7 system. The Oracle result used Oracle Database 11g Release 2.0.2, not even available yet. The IBM result was a proof point using Sybase. And just for fun and to make it even better for your brain, take a look at the difference in database software costs.
(1) IBM Power 595 (32 chips, 64 cores, 128 threads) TPC-H result at 3TB (156,537 Queries per hour QphH@3000GB, $20.60/QphH, configuration available 11/24/09) vs. Oracle Sun M9000 (32 chips, 128 cores, 256 threads) TPC-H result at 3TB (198,908 Queries per hour QphH@3000GB, $16.58/QphH, configuration available 4/5/11). Source: www.tpc.org. Results current as of 10/15/10.
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