Benchmarking and systems performance - hosted by Elisabeth Stahl
So the long awaited and very huge TPC-C benchmark result from HP finally arrived last week. But wait, after 6 months of waiting, it was only 1.5% bigger and 4 cents cheaper than the former #1 IBM result.(1) Note that I have been called the Footnote Queen by my colleagues . . . and, of course, don't forget the TPC Policies.
Note that the HP configuration has components not available until August:
August 6, 2007 - HPUX 11i, v3 SW-Patches for Foundation Operating Environment
August 23, 2007 - Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (10.2.0.4) Enterprise Edition with Partitioning
The IBM p5-595 configuration is available now.
You may also want to take an in depth look at some of the pricing of components and size of components used in both of these benchmarks for comparison.
So many times huge is better, as in a huge ice cream cone or a huge raise. And huge is certainly better than nothing, which is Sun's approach to this important benchmark these days. It's great for HP that they can say they are #1 now in this benchmark. But the bottom line is that the IBM p5-595 achieved 1.97 times better performance per core than the HP Superdome -- and that's huge.(1)
(1) IBM TPC-C result of 4,033,378 tpmC, $2.97 on a 64-core (32 processor chips, 128 threads) 2.3 GHz POWER5+ System p5-595 (configuration available 1/22/07) running DB2 9.1 on AIX 5L V5.3 vs. HP TPC-C result of 4,092,799 tpmC, $2.93/tpmC on a 128-core (64 chips, 256 threads) 1.6 GHz Intel® Itanium® 2 Integrity Superdome (configuration available 8/23/07) running Oracle Database 10g R2 Enterprise Edition w/Partitioning with HP-UX 11i v3. Source: www.tpc.org. Results current as of 3/8/07.
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