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PR 334 / 10 October 1997

Oracle8 and Sun Ultra Enterprise 6000 Cluster Benchmark Set New World
Record of 51,871.62 tpmC at $134.46 per tpmC

Oracle has announced industry record-breaking results for the Transaction
Processing Council TPC-C Benchmark performance of 51,871.62 tpmC at $134.46
per tpmC, using Oracle8 Universal Data Server, running Solaris 2.6 on a 2
node Sun Microsystems Ultra Enterprise 6000 cluster. Oracle's results, a
new world record and first to be published using Oracle8 Parallel Server,
eclipses all other TPC-C benchmarks including SMP, MPP, and clustered
systems. Oracle has held the leading performance record for 17 of the last
18 months, and this latest result outperforms the best TPC-C results from
Microsoft by 331%, from IBM DB2 by 106%, from Informix by 105% and from
Sybase by 31%.

These benchmark results demonstrate the scalability of Oracle8 in all
dimensions-from the workgroup to the enterprise, from a single CPU box to a
SMP, and from a single node SMP to clustered SMP systems. The TPC-C
benchmark results of Oracle8 on the Ultra Enterprise 6000 cluster show near
linear (90%) scalability compared to the Oracle8 benchmark results on the
Ultra Enterprise 6000.

"In a global economy, businesses rely on their applications being available
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," said Nick Gregory, Server
Technologies Marketing Manager for Oracle UK. "With this benchmark, Oracle
continues to raise the bar in delivering the reliability and high
availability needed for mission critical applications".

The combination of Oracle8 and Oracle(r) Parallel Server on Sun hardware
provides customers with unmatched scalability, power and performance for
deploying network computing environments."

Oracle8 takes full advantage of Solaris's new 64 bit features and leverages
the rich features of Solaris 2.6 such as Kernel Asynchronous Input/Output
(KAIO), new processor set scheduling, TCP/IP large windows, and large
memory pages for improved multiuser performance and higher network bandwidth.

"I am very excited about these benchmark results. Oracle and Sun have
reestablished their leadership position in supporting very large number of
users and data rates for mission critical transactional as well as decision
support applications", said John Shoemaker, Vice President of Server and
Storage Technology at Sun Microsystems. "These results once again prove
that Oracle on Sun can deliver solutions that scale across the enterprise
using SMP systems, clustered systems, or mainframe class Ultra Enterprise
10000 systems."

Oracle's result is a fully TPC compliant, audited, and publicly disclosed
TPC-C benchmark. The Transaction Processing Performance Council is an
independent council focused on the testing, auditing and disclosure of
database software and hardware server performance results. TPC-C is the
council's type C database benchmark, the industry's foremost standard
transaction processing benchmark; tpmC is transactions per minute for this
benchmark.

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