Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Oracle, I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In (to SPECjbb2013)

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I’m always on the lookout for anything that helps me eat well. My newest interest these days is a type of rye crisp cracker that looks like cardboard, tastes a bit better, but has absolutely no fat. (They are really good if you put a huge slice of brie on them.)

I also love reading about nutrition. I love Bloomberg’s ban on big soda. I love the concept of using color to focus on a well-rounded and healthy diet. Does lime jello count in the green group?

Pomegranate juice, which has many claims on being good for you, was one of those things. Deep red, and also great for an amazing sauce reduction for chicken. Well, I recently read that the Federal Trade Commission just barred claims of pomegranate juice helping heart disease and other ailments until truly proven — based on deceptive advertising claims.

Which reminded me of something else. Oracle recently claimed a “world record” in the SPECjbb2013 Java benchmark. What you need to know is that this benchmark does not have 100 other results to compare to. It doesn’t have 20. It doesn’t even have 10. This “world record result” is based on just two other published results. Both by Intel. With older JDK. And fewer and older processors.

Like when your black lab starts to sit on your friend’s chihuahua. Or a claim that your juice cures cancer.


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February 25, 2013 at 10:41 am

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  1. SPECjbb2013 is brand new benchmark, I’m sure other vendors is doing their best to show good result. On the press release –, IBM is one of the member. Why IBM still does not publish any result ? The result is not very good ?


    April 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm

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