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...IBM Netfinity and DB2 Universal Database, Intel Pentium
III Xeon Processors, and Microsoft's Windows 2000 Deliver
440,879 Transactions Per Minute...



IBM, Intel and Microsoft today announced the world's fastest
server cluster for commercial use*, recording performance
levels that triples the performance of a Sun Microsystems
cluster running on Oracle, at one-third the price.**

Using the performance measurement technique agreed to by all
computer makers, this alliance of leaders in industry
standard computing achieved record-breaking results in both
cost per transaction and server performance.***

"This benchmark constitutes a solution that will entirely
bypass the normal glitches and costs of second
implementations that accompany exponential transaction
growth rates," said Marshall Freiman, CTO, Web Emporium LLC,
an IBM customer. "It also offers scalability for
e-businesses affected heavily by the transaction spikes
associated with the holiday seasons. This is the type of
cooperation between industry leaders that we should expect.
With IBM, Intel and Microsoft making a move like this,
others are bound to follow."

"Scalability concerns for e-businesses are a worry of the
past," said Perry Cain, Vice President, Neoteric Solutions,
also an IBM customer. "With this benchmark, we receive the
co-operative efforts of IBM, Intel and Microsoft yielding a
standardised, available and tested solution with double the
transaction capabilities of anything else before. These
technologies aren't ideas still being tested, or dreams of
engineers this solution exists now."

IBM, Intel and Microsoft joined forces on this
groundbreaking effort to prove that a combination of
Netfinity Servers with Pentium III Xeon processors running
at 700 MHz with 2MB L2 cache, IBM DB2 Universal Database and
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server operating system
provides a highly scalable environment. This technology
combination is ideally suited for data-intensive
applications like business-to-business (B2B), e-commerce and
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

"With this landmark event, IBM has once again demonstrated
the power of DB2, and has raised the bar for industry
standard servers," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM
Data Management Solutions. "One of the most notable results
of this work was the remarkable scalability of DB2 Version 7
we saw in this cluster of 32 nodes. IBM's strong, productive
relationship with Microsoft and Intel, and our collective
ability to achieve record-setting results as we did with
this benchmark, is changing the way the world views industry
standard computing."

"Achieving strong industry standard benchmark results is one
of the leading ways to show the industry and our customers
that Windows 2000 is a highly scalable operating system for
mission critical enterprise deployments," said Michel
Gambier, Group Product Manager, Enterprise Server Marketing,
Microsoft Corporation. "Beyond the numbers, this benchmark
effort illustrates our commitment to working with IBM and
Intel to deliver customers the largest and most demanding
enterprise-class solutions."

"The level of performance achieved by IBM's Netfinity 8500R
server showcases the incredible performance boost that the
latest large cache Pentium III Xeon processor family, with
the cache integrated directly on the processor die, offers
our server customers." said Raghu Murthi, director of
marketing of Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "Intel will
continue to work closely with IBM and Microsoft to optimise
their products for Intel Architecture processors as the need
for greater performance, scalability, and availability
increases daily for businesses to succeed in today's
Internet Economy."


Benchmark Configuration Details:

The configuration included an unprecedented 116 terabytes of
physical disk space configured for high availability using
RAID 1 and RAID 5 arrays.

The Netfinity 8500R servers, containing Netfinity
X-Architecture features adopted from IBM S/390 and RS/6000
servers, contributed to this benchmark's success. Specific
features that convinced the benchmark team the servers were
up to the test include the 8500R's expansive memory, number
of processors supported, number of PCI slots available for
add-on components and amount of LAN I/O for the transfer of
data in and out of the system. In addition, the setup
utilises Giganet cLAN interconnects for fast
server-to-server communications.

Key components of the cluster included:

· 32 IBM Netfinity 8500R servers running Microsoft Windows
2000 Advanced Server and IBM DB2 Universal Database
Enterprise-Extended Edition V7.1

· Four 700MHz/2MB L2 cache Intel Pentium III Xeon processors
per server

· 4GB ECC SDRAM memory per server

· Eight IBM Netfinity ServeRAID-3HB Ultra2 SCSI Adapters per
server

· 96 IBM Netfinity 5000 servers were used as TPC-C clients
for the Web-serving, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server on each
client.

· Two 9.1GB 10K Ultra 160 SCSI drives and 218 18.2GB 10K
Wide Ultra SCSI drives per server

· One EtherJet 10/100 PCI Management Adapter per server

· 2 Giganet cLAN 5300 switches

A proven foundation for B2B applications, DB2 Universal
Database Version 7 integrates breakthrough technologies that
enable customers to slash development in many cases nearly
in half and perform high-speed text searches as much as 10
times faster than traditional relational database search
engines.

DB2's ability to scale to 1000 nodes, using a single
database spread across the cluster offered significant
advantages in scaling and management over other data
management solutions that follow a federated architecture,
i.e., one database instance per machine, with each having to
be individually managed.

DB2 Universal Database was also the first database in the
industry to exploit Windows 2000 capabilities.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server:

Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server was configured to run
on each member of the cluster of the Netfinity servers. With
this latest benchmark, the Windows 2000 platform now holds
the top three-world record benchmarks for the TPC-C
Benchmark 'C' and provides further evidence of the
performance and economic advantages of the "scale-out"
approach to architecting enterprise solutions.


Delivered as a part of the Windows 2000 family of servers,
COM+ is Microsoft's complete, mature component service for
quickly building scalable Web applications. COM+ is designed
to preserve and extend customers' current investments in COM
by building on the services and features integrated with
Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS). This makes it easier for
developers to create and use software components in any
language, using any tool.

Intel Pentium III Xeon processor at 700 MHz with 1MB/2MB of
L2 Cache:

The new large cache 700MHz version of the Pentium III Xeon
processor has a record 140 million transistors. The
processor is based on Intel's advanced 0.18-micron process
technology, and offers 1MB and 2MB of Advanced Transfer
Cache memory with Advanced System Buffering, which boosts
performance by placing a full-speed, level-two cache memory
directly on the processor die and increasing the width of
the data pathway to the processor.

The processor also offers a 100 MHz system bus and
on-cartridge voltage management for increased system
reliability. The new processors also are built on the same
form factor, enabling server manufacturers to use them with
existing server platform components, accelerating time to
market.

For more information about:

· IBM Netfinity servers and DB2 Universal Database, visit
http://www.ibm.com

· Intel, visit http://www.intel.com

· Microsoft, visit http://www.microsoft.com

The Transaction Processing Performance Council is a
non-profit corporation founded to define transaction
processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate
objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry.




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Editors Notes:

*Previous TPC-C record:

Compaq Proliant 8500-550-96P: 227,079.15 tpmC, 19.12US
Dollars /tpmC, Available August 1, 2000. This result has
been withdrawn and no longer represents an official TPC
result.

**Sun's Enterprise 6500 cluster achieved 135,461
transactions at a price performance of 97.10 US Dollars
tpmC. IBM, Intel, Microsoft cluster achieved an audited
record TPC-C (Transaction Processing Performance Council,
type C benchmark) of 440,879.95 transactions per minute at a
price performance of 32.28 US Dollars per tpmC

***Total solution availability date of Dec. 7, 2000. Above
data is current as of July 4, 2000. TPC Benchmark, TPC-C,
and tpmC are trademarks of the Transaction Processing
Performance Council. For more information, visit
http://www.tpc.org

Media Contacts:

Tony John

IBM Netfinity Brand Manager UK and Ireland

01256 343045

johnt@uk.ibm.com

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