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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.

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(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: http://www.tpc.org. 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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August 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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IBM eX5 with E7 Vrooms

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I may need to buy a new car in the next few months. Of course, I’m going to look at price, miles per gallon, and how fast it goes. But I also care about how safe it is, whether it looks good, and I may even consider a hybrid or electric model. The point is, I need to think about the whole picture.

Yesterday, Intel announced the Xeon® processor E7 family. Many benchmark results were announced with these new processors. Take a look at the outstanding leadership results with the new IBM eX5 systems on the TPC-H BI benchmark and SAP SD.(1)

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to consider other requirements including:

  • How many systems can I manage efficiently?
  • What skills does my organization already have?
  • What about security and availability?
  • Do I have energy or floorspace constraints?
  • What level of virtualization sophistication do I need?
  • How will my software costs look over time?
  • Any suggestions on a cool-looking small but safe green car with high RAS and low TCO will be greatly appreciated.

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    (1) TPC-H result on IBM System x®3850 X5 (8 processor chips/80 cores/80 threads) of 173,961.8 QphH @ 1000GB, $1.37 USD / QphH@1000GB, availability date 5/20/11.

    SAP SD 2-tier result of 14,000 SAP SD benchmark users, IBM System x3850 X5, Intel® Xeon® E7-4870 (4 processors / 40 cores / 80 threads), 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 2011015.

    Sources: http://www.tpc.org, http://www.sap.com/benchmark. Results current as of 4/06/11.

    TPC-H is a trademark of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPPC).

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    logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all
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    April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

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    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.

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    (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: http://www.sap.com/benchmark. Results current as of 3/11/11.

    SAP, mySAP and other SAP product and service names mentioned herein as well as their respective
    logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries all
    over the world.

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    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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