IBM, Red Hat, and SAP Post New World Record on SAP SD Benchmark

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IBM has announced a world-record 4-processor result on Linux on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. This new result was achieved on the IBM System x 3850 X5, running IBM DB2 9.7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, and SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application Release 6.0.

Among the notable details of the benchmark, the x3850 X5 achieved 12,560 SAP SD benchmark users with 0.99 seconds average dialog response time, 68,580 SAPS, measured throughput of 4,115,000 dialog steps per hour (or 1,371,670 fully processed line items per hour), and an average CPU utilization of 98% for the central server.

The x3850 X5's result beats the previous-best four-processor result of 12,204 SAP SD benchmark users on Linux achieved by the HP ProLiant DL580 G7.

The x3850 X5 was configured with four Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors at 2.40GHz with 30MB shared L3 cache per processor (4 processors/40 cores/80 threads), 512GB of memory, 64-bit DB2 9.7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2, and SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. The server accessed the DB2 9.7 database on an IBM System Storage DS4800 disk system.

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