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IBM Sets 4-Processor System Performance Record on TPC-C Benchmark with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

October 2007 by Marc Jacob

IBM announced that it has received the highest TPC-C performance result ever achieved by a 4-processor server. And it’s running Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform to be exact. The IBM System x 3850 M2 server and 64-bit IBM DB2 9.5 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform has set a new record for 4-processor performance, achieving 516,752 tpmC on the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark. (IBM System x3850 M2 with the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor X7350 2.93 Ghz (4 processors/16 core/16 threads) 516,752 tpmC, $259 USD/tpmC, availability of March 14, 2008.)

The solution includes a combination of IBM, Intel and Red Hat solutions:

- IBM’s exclusive fourth-generation Enterprise X-Architecture x3850 M2 server
- Quad-core Intel Xeon Processor X7350 at 2.93 GHz with 2x 4MB L2 cache per processor (4 processors /16 core / 16 threads)
- DB2 9.5 (64-bit)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Advanced Platform

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, providing a significant technology advance for commercial open source solutions, together with the new DB2 9.5, delivering significant performance improvements with its shift toward threaded engines, provides customers with the value of a reliable, flexible and scalable solution with record performance results.

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