Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

eX5 Does Mile High TPC-C

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I often get tired during a long hike — but nothing a sit down and a few peanut M&Ms can’t take care of. But a few years ago, at about 9000 feet on the edge of a glacier in Montana, that certainly didn’t do the trick. I would walk about three steps, have to sit on a rock, and then I felt as if I wanted to sleep forever. Instead of the usual pondering of how many more miles did we have and how much higher did we have to go, I started to ask deeper questions like why in the world I was doing this at all. The view of the glacier was tremendous but was it worth the feeling that my body had been taken over by aliens?

When I think about “highest ever” I now wonder:

  • Is it possible to enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains just for the weekend without acclimation?
  • When the Junior Olympics are in Denver, do the athletes who make their homes in higher altitudes have an advantage?
  • When planning a trip, do I now add altitude to the list of things I need to worry about besides weather, direct flights, crowds, and the language I have to communicate in?


But for our “highest ever” this week there are no questions. Just pure celebration. You see, the IBM System x3850 X5 and DB2 just delivered the highest x86-64 performance score ever achieved on the TPC-C benchmark.(1)

The TPC-C benchmark simulates an 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. TPC-C represents any industry that must manage, sell, or distribute a product or service. Current results show that clients who deploy IBM technology could see more orders entered, faster monitoring, distribution, and delivery.

This configuration used several cool newer technologies — IBM eX5 with E7 processors, MAX5 memory expansion, the amazing DB2 9.7, and SSD storage.

So tell your “highest ever” story here. Keeping it clean, of course.


(1) IBM System x®3850 X5 (Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors 2.40GHz, 4 processors/40 cores/80 threads) result of 3,014,684 tpmC, $.59 USD/tpmC, available 9/22/11, DB2 9.7, SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server 11 (SP1),
Source: Results current as of 8/3/11.

TPC-C ,TPC-H, and TPC-E are trademarks of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPPC).

The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM or IBM management.

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Written by benchmarkingblog

August 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Posted in DB2, MAX5, SSD, TPC, x3850, X5

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