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Windows 2000 Powers World's Fastest Server Cluster

IBM and Microsoft announced the world's fastest server cluster for commercial use as measured by the TPC Benchmark C.

IBM and Microsoft announced the world's fastest server cluster for commercial use as measured by the TPC Benchmark C. The cluster had a combination of 32 IBM Netfinity 8500R servers running Windows 2000 Advanced Server and IBM DB2 version 7.1 and 96 IBM Netfinity 5000 servers running Windows 2000 Server. The configuration included 116 terabytes of physical disk space constructed for high availability using RAID 1 and RAID 5 arrays.

The announcement came on the first day of TechEd Europe 2000, taking place in Amsterdam.

At the same time Microsoft said it has withdrawn results that garnered a lot of press during the launch of Windows 2000 in February. In that configuration, eight-way Compaq ProLiant servers ran Win2K Advanced Server along with beta versions of SQL Server 2000. Microsoft said the numbers were withdrawn over a "technicality" -- a "hard requirement" from the Transaction Processing Performance Council that the testing team was unaware of. The company said the Compaq configuration would be run again and that the results would be "back up very soon."

TPC-C Benchmark results measure maximum sustained system performance as defined by how many new-order transactions per minute a system generates while the system executes four other transaction types (payment, order status, delivery, and stock level). All five TPC-C transactions have a certain user response time requirement; the new order transaction response time is set at five seconds.

The IBM-Microsoft benchmark tallied performance of 440,879 transactions per minute at a cost of $32.28 per tpmC. The hardware cost was $14.2 million. While the companies emphasized that this configuration provided three times the performance of a comparably priced Sun Microsystems cluster running Oracle 8i, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft actually hold the best price/performance combination at $13.95 per tpmC; that configuration consists of NetServer LH 6000 running SQL Server 7.0 Enterprise Edition.

To learn more about the TPC-C Benchmark, visit www.tpc.org.

-- Dian Schaffhauser, Executive Editor

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