I am infinitely grateful that this week is a slow news week. I mean if IBM had announced new POWER7 systems with outstanding benchmarks last week, we would have had to compete with Jodie Fisher. And the guy who slid out of the JetBlue plane with a beer.
But IBM today surely has the biggest and best news this week. New entry systems, a new high-end system, all so energy-efficient, with new outstanding benchmarks -- plenty that would make sense on the front page of a paper like the Wall Street Journal.
Yes, Larry. Take a look. IBM ran a TPC-C benchmark that is over 35% better than Oracle's biggest. And this IBM POWER7 result with DB2 is 2.7 times the performance per core of Oracle's. Oh, and by the way, it was 40% less expensive.(1)
IBM announced some amazing new systems, from the Power 710 to the big Power 795. And published a slew more #1 results across the board, from OLTP to Java to HPC. In fact, IBM took the lead in a wide portfolio of workloads, including another SAP trophy and a trouncing of the ever popular SPEC Java Business Benchmark.(2)
Yes, it's wonderful news that trumps everything else this week. Good thing though that Malia and Sasha aren't old enough to get married.
(1) IBM Power 780 cluster (3 x 64 core) (24 chips, 192 cores, 768 threads) TPC-C result of 10,366,254 tpmC, $1.38/tpmC, configuration available 10/13/10 vs. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Cluster (12 x 32 core) (48 chips, 384 cores, 3072 threads) 7,646,486 tpmC, $2.36/tpmC, available 3/19/10. Source: www.tpc.org. Results current as of 8/17/10.
(2) The 4-core IBM Power 740 (3.30 GHz) achieved the best 4-core SAP BI-MXL Benchmark result (151,426 query navigation steps/hour) (1 processor/4 cores/16 threads). SAP certification #2010035. A 256-core IBM Power 795 (4.00 GHz) is the best overall SPECjbb2005 system (21,058,767 business operations per sec (bops), 82,261 bops/JVM, 32 chips/256 cores/1024 threads). Sources: http://www.sap.com/benchmark; http://www.spec.org. Results submitted and current as of 8/17/10.
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