TPC Benchmark Results Show Unisys Server Is Number One in Performance at Lowest Cost in Class

Unisys Corporation has announced that its Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R Enterprise Server has demonstrated record performance and reductions in cost of ownership among servers featuring more than four sockets in the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) TPC-E benchmark. The server also registered strong results in the TPC-H benchmark test.

The TPC-E benchmark is a gauge of online transaction processing (OLTP), measuring performance under conditions simulating pressures in demanding enterprise data centers.

TPC-H benchmark is the standard measure of system performance for online analytical processing (OLAP) tasks generally used for decision support and business intelligence.

"We are very proud of the benchmarks because it really establishes our servers as best in class for both transaction processing and also for business intelligence," notes Rod Sapp, Unisys director of marketing for enterprise servers, "and it establishes them as best in class for performance and also price/performance."

The results were the first ever recorded for systems using the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, which is scheduled for release in the first half of 2010. Unisys says the results also corroborate the strong performance in proof-point tests Unisys recently conducted for the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 environment.

The configuration of Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R Enterprise Server used in the TPC-E and TPC-H benchmark tests included 16 Intel Xeon 6-core processors, one terabyte of memory and Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition operating environment.

This latest release of Windows Server allowed access to all 96 cores in the 16 processors of the ES7000 Model 7600R server, where previous releases had enabled only 64 to be used. This increased capability accounted for much of the significant gain in reported performance.

"Of course we have had the ability on our server technology to go to 96 cores since we introduced it, but the operating system didn't go that high," Sapp notes. "Now the operating system is able to fully leverage the technology. These benchmarks were meant to showcase that combination. Also, the Hyper-V, which is [Microsoft's] hypervisor for virtualization, now also scales-it used to only go to 24 cores and now it scales up to 64. We are also able to take advantage of the scalability of their hypervisor."

In the TPC-E benchmark test, the Unisys ES7000 Model 7600R server achieved a new record for transactions per second of 2,012.77 tpsE, bettering the previous record by 28%. In the TPC-E benchmark, economic efficiency is shown as dollars per tpsE ($/tpsE) calculated by dividing the three-year cost of ownership (TCO) by tpsE. The ES700 Model 7600R server excelled in this measure as well, reporting a Price/tpsE of $958.23-a reduction of nearly 19% over the price/performance delivered by the previous performance record holder.

For a full view of the TPC-E benchmark results, go here.

For a full view of the TPC-H 3,000GB benchmark results, go here.