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A Tale of IBM Great Expectations

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .”

Let’s look at the worst first.

Last week HP announced new Itanium servers. But don’t get too excited. Were there industry standard benchmarks announced in the press release? — No, just “internal lab testing.”

Last week I was meeting with some IT Analysts. They told me how disappointed they were with a certain vendor. “We’ll probably never see an Exadata benchmark.”

Now for the best.

Yesterday IBM once again was a leader in the TOP500 list of supercomputers with:

  • Most systems in TOP500 with 193. HP had 148. Oracle had 6.
  • Most installed aggregate throughput with over 66.2 out of 162 Petaflops. IBM has had this lead for an amazing 27 lists in a row.
  • Most in TOP 10 with 6.
  • Fastest Intel based system.
  • 26 of 30 most energy-efficient systems.

And today, IBM announced new Flex technologies for IBM PureSystems, including POWER7+ compute nodes. And there were benchmarks. Amazing benchmarks, including the IBM PureSystems #1 result on the SAP SD 2-tier 16-core benchmark. (1)

“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”

“It was the age of wisdom . . . we had everything before us . . .”

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(1) IBM Flex System p260 Compute Node, 2 processors / 16 cores / 64 threads, IBM POWER7+, 4.10 GHz, 32 KB (I) and 32 KB (D) L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 10 MB L3 cache per core, 256 GB main memory. Number of SAP SD benchmark users: 10,000, Average dialog response time: 0.97 seconds, Fully processed order line items/hour: 1,094,000, Dialog steps/hour: 3,282,000, SAPS:54,700, Average database request time (dialog/update):0.010 sec / 0.017 sec, CPU utilization of central server:99%, Operating system, central server:AIX 7.1, RDBMS:DB2 10, SAP Business Suite software:SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, Certification number: 2012035; http://www.sap.com.

Results current as of 11/13/12.

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November 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

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