April 2004
UNIX Update;Apr2004, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p1
Trade Publication
Using half the number of chips, IBM has announced that an eServer p690 server system with 32 POWER4+ microprocessors running on DB2 Universal Database has shattered the world record for computing processor power, as of April 2004. The record-setting performance was achieved on the independent Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark. In addition to its unprecedented transactional prowess, the system also proved to be a much better value than the Hewlett-Packard Itanium 2-based Superdome system. According to the TPC-C benchmark, an IBM eServer p690 processed 1,025,486 transactions per minute at a cost of $5.43. The performance tops all non-clustered results announced by any vendor and demonstrates a clear price/performance advantage for business customers. The system is the most popular high-end UNIX server on the market. According to IDC, IBM has shipped more eServer p690 systems than either Superdome UNIX systems of Hewlett-Packard or Sun's high-end UNIX systems. Having been termed the first server on a chip, the POWER microprocessor architecture of IBM is the industry's leading solution for 64-bit applications. The POWER architecture offers customers open, innovative technology solutions that complement the growing demand for 64-bit applications.


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