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IBM Sets New World Record on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark


Some benchmarking news today (emphasis mine):

ARMONK, N.Y., - 12 Oct 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the IBM Power® 795 achieved the highest result ever published on the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark with a result of 70,032 SAP SD benchmark users.(1) The 128-core Power 795 handled 79 percent more users than a 256-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (Oracle's largest system)(2), and 75 percent more users than the 128-core Oracle parallel result published in September running four clustered 32-core Sun Fire X4470 servers with Intel's Xeon X7560 chip(3).


And in related news, Merv Adrian had a recent post (Database Benchmarks – The Gift That Keeps on Giving) on a previous benchmark breakthrough.  Earlier this summer, IBM became the first to cross the 10 million threshold on the tpmC benchmark, and Merv provides some insightful commentary on why the benchmarks are important for more than just the numbers (namely the amount of tuning and bug fixing that goes on in the background to enable the benchmark performance, benefits that get passed on to the consumers of these solutions.)  

Conor O'Mahony provides a lot more context and background on this particular breakthrough over on his blog (IBM DB2 Beats Oracle in the Race to Break 10 Million tpmC).

Regarding today's announcement, the full Press Release (IBM Sets New World Record on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark) has details and footnotes on the latest benchmark results.