Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Too Many IBM SAP #1’s

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Walking the dog this week, you felt that spring was in the air. The boots with crampons were put back in the closet. The sun on my face, I could almost imagine reading in my beach chair. And my black lab found grass and dirt mounds, instead of making yellow spots in the white snow.

Yet I just found out this afternoon that besides our flood warning now in effect, a new weather development has formed. A winter storm watch has now turned into a full winter storm warning. With 10 inches or more snow expected. As I write, I see the rain turning to icy chunks. And all I feel like saying is wow, I don’t know if I can take any more.

Which is sort of how I felt today when I saw the new #1 IBM SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) 2-tier 16-core result.(1) I mean, IBM already has the top three results in this Unicode benchmark using POWER7 systems.(2) And the highest x86 result, with the IBM x3850 X5.(3) And now we have another outstanding proof point with DB2 on the IBM Power 730, a high-performance, dense and energy-efficient server ideal for running multiple application and infrastructure workloads.

My dog’s coat is so plush that we sometimes call him Steiff. Sometimes we even find him stretched out, just relaxing, in a pile of snow.

I guess he can take some more.


(1)SAP SD 2-tier result of 8,704 benchmark users, Average dialog response time 0.97 seconds, CPU utilization of central server 99%, AIX 7.1, DB2 9.7, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, Certification number: 2011011, IBM Power 730, 2 processors / 16 cores / 64 threads, POWER7, 3.55 GHz, 32 KB (I) and 32 KB (D) L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 4 MB L3 cache per core, 128 GB main memory.
(2) IBM Power 795 on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode): 32 processors / 256 cores / 1,024 threads, POWER7, 4.0 GHz, 4,096 GB memory, 126,063 SAP SD benchmark users, 0.98 seconds dialog response time, 96 percent CPU, AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 9.7. Certification #2010046.
(3)SAP SD 2-tier result of 19,700 SAP SD benchmark users, IBM System x3850 X5, eight Intel® Xeon® X7560 processors, IBM System
Storage™ DS4800, IBM DB2 9.7, SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application Release 6.0., 0.92 seconds average
dialog response time, 99 percent CPU , Certification number 2010044.

Source: Results current as of 3/11/11.

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March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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