IBM, INTEL, MICROSOFT ECLIPSE SUN MICROSYSTEMS AND ORACLE WITH WORLD'S FASTEST COMMERCIAL SERVER CLUSTER Tuesday 4 July 2000 PDF Print ...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. Ref No: 00 / 225 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 firstname.lastname@example.org This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.