IBM Records Highest-Ever TPC-C Benchmark for x86 Servers

IBM Records Highest-Ever TPC-C Benchmark for x86 Servers

IBM has announced that it has achieved the highest TPC-C benchmark performance score ever achieved for an x86 server. The single rack non-clustered IBM System x running DB2 achieved more than three million transactions per minute, which breaks the industry record set by the same IBM x86 system just 8 months ago, and extends the performance advantage over a comparable HP system by as much as 66%.

"Leveraging significant investments in x86 technology, IBM continues to push the envelope in terms of innovation, scalability and performance," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM System x and BladeCenter systems. "At the end of the day, it's about the customer, about delivering highly scalable, cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions that help clients differentiate themselves in their chosen markets."

This achievement demonstrates the leadership performance possible with the combined power of IBM's exclusive 5th generation Enterprise X-Architecture, DB2 9.7, IBM MAX5 on System x, and the lastest Intel Xeon E7 processors running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 (SP1). IBM MAX5 on System x is an industry-first technology that decouples memory from the processor, enabling a 50% increase in memory capacity for a single server, which increases productivity and allows the system to process more transactions per minute.

The IBM System x3850 X5 server performed a record 3,014,684 transactions per minute (tpmC) at $.59 USD/tpmC, ranking it 5th overall on TPC-C Top 10 results for all non-clustered systems. The benchmark simulates the order-entry environment of a wholesale supplier entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders, and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses. Current results show that clients who deploy IBM technology can expect to see more orders entered, as well as faster monitoring, distribution and delivery.

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