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IBM Shatters Computing Price Performance Barrier With New High Performance POWER5+(TM) Server

New IBM System p5 Server Sets Record, Passes One Million Transactions per Minute; IBM Introduces Reduced Software Pricing for Quad Core Module

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ARMONK, NY - 14 Feb 2006: IBM today introduced eight new System p5™ servers, including several based on the fastest POWER 5+ processors available, including the breakthrough Quad-Core Module technology. IBM's System p5 and eServer™ p5 servers, with the number one position in over 70 benchmarks (, provide new levels of midrange performance in more affordable packages, making it easier for clients large and small to take advantage of the performance and virtualization capabilities of IBM System p servers.

In addition, the company announced that the new IBM System p5 570 server set a new record for transaction processing performance in a 16-core system, delivering 1,025,169 tpmC (transactions per minute) on the TPC-C benchmark(1).This performance surpasses the TPC-C performance of the 64 core HP Superdome running HP-UX(2) and is more than 3 times the performance of the comparable 16-core HP Integrity rx8620(3). Using new POWER5+ processor technology at 2.2GHz, the p5-570 server expands client options for large database, ERP, and CRM applications as well as server consolidation.

IBM also unveiled three new systems featuring the computing industry's only four-core processor module, the POWER5+ Quad Core Module (QCM) technology, creating a complete family of QCM systems from 2U form factors with up to 4-cores, to 8U with 16-cores. The new System p5 560Q server delivers POWER5+ 16-core performance at new low price levels, creating an outstanding value for midrange systems. With Quad Core Module technology, the p5-560Q server beats all competitive 16-core systems on Java™ business application performance(4), making it an ideal choice for medium to large database intensive or web application implementations.

To support the innovative System p5 Express family of 'Q' models, IBM intends to provide promotional software pricing for customers who purchase selected IBM middleware products, such as WebSphere® Application Server and DB2® Enterprise Server Edition, together with any System p5 model 510Q, 520Q, 550Q, or 560Q. This promotional pricing is intended to provide up to 50% savings on selected middleware products when acquired with these System p5 models. Details on this promotional offering, including specific terms and conditions and eligible middleware products, are expected to be available by the end of April. For more information please contact your IBM representative or business partner.

"IBM's UNIX® systems have set the industry standard for price and performance for the last 5 years, earning IBM the pole position in this competitive marketplace," said Karl Freund, vice president, IBM pSeries. "With these new products, the AIX® Collaboration Center and the IBM Migration Factory, we have widened the competitive gap even further, deliver more computing power for the money for our clients and making it easier than ever to switch to IBM."

New Industry-leading performance from 2.2 GHz POWER5+ processors
In addition to the new System p5 570 server, the new 2.2 GHz POWER5+ processor is also utilized in the new IBM System p5 575 supercomputer building block. The 8-core p5-575 server delivers over 9 times the STREAM Triad performance(5) of the HP Integrity rx7620 in unique, very dense 2U form factor. The new 16-core, 1.9 GHz p5-575 server provides over 4 times the performance of the HP Integrity Superdome5. These advanced POWER5+ systems provide clients with high per-core performance, providing low software, maintenance, and management costs.

System Details

The latest System p5 Express servers are available in special, pre-configured AIX 5L® Editions and OpenPower™ Editions for Linux environments and can be configured to run both concurrently.

IBM also announced new systems for high performance computing. They include:

All competitive benchmark results current as of 2/13/06.

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1. IBM TPC-C result of 1,025,169 tpmC at $4.42/tpmC on a 16-core (8 processors, 32 threads) 2.2 GHz IBM System p5 570 (configuration planned to be available 05/31/06)

2. HP TPC-C result of 1,008,144 tpmC at $8.33/tpmC on a 64-core (64 processors, 64 threads) 1.5 GHz Superdome running HP/UX (configuration available 04/14/04)

3. HP TPC-C result of 332,265 tpmC at $4.48/tpmC on a 16-core (16 processors, 16 threads) 1.6 GHz rx8620 running Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition (configuration available 07/15/05)

4. IBM System p5 560Q (16-cores, 8 chips) SPECjbb2005 result of 226,291 bops, 28,286 bops/JVM compared with all published competitive 16-core system results.

5. IBM System p5 575 8-core (2.2 GHz) Stream Triad standard result of 96,327 (tuned result of 100,523) vs. HP Integrity rx7620 8-core (1.5 GHz) Stream Triad standard result of 10,283. IBM System p5 575 16-core (1.9 GHz) Stream Triad standard result of 86,062 vs. HP Integrity Superdome 16-core (1.5 GHz) Stream Triad standard result of 21,053.

6. IBM System p5 570 16-core (2.2 GHz) SPECjbb2005 result of 326,651 bops (40,831 bops/JVM) compared with all published competitive 16-core system SPECjbb2005 results and IBM System p5 570 8-core (2.2 GHz) SPECsfs97.v3 result of 169,786 compared with all published competitive 8-core system SPECsfs97.v3 results.

7. SPECjbb2005 IBM System p5 510 (2-cores, 1 chip) 36,039 bops, 36,039 bops/JVM compared with all published competitive 2-core system results.

8. Based on IBM rPerf comparative performance metrics, System p5 520Q 4-core 1.5 GHz rPerf result of 18.75, System p5 520 2-core 1.9 GHz rPerf result of 11.16 and eServer p5 520 2-core 1.65 GHz rPerf result of 9.86. rPerf (Relative Performance) is an estimate of commercial processing performance relative to other pSeries
systems. It is derived from an IBM analytical model which uses
characteristics from IBM internal workloads, TPC and SPEC benchmarks. The rPerf model is not intended to represent any specific public benchmark results and should not be reasonably used in that way. The model simulates some of the system operations such as CPU, cache and memory. However, the model does not simulate disk or network I/O operations. rPerf estimates are calculated based on systems with the latest levels of AIX 5L and other pertinent software at the time of system announcement. Actual performance will vary based on application and configuration specifics. The IBM ~ pSeries 640 is the baseline
reference system and has a value of 1.0. Although rPerf may be used to approximate relative IBM UNIX commercial processing performance, actual system performance may vary and is dependent upon many factors including system hardware configuration and software design and configuration.

9. IBM System p5 560Q (16-cores, 8 chips) SPECjbb2005 result of 226291 bops, 28286 bops/JVM compared with published SUN Fire V40z (4-cores, 4 chips) result of 37,034 bops, 37034 bops/JVM.

10. IBM System p5 575 8-core (2.2 GHz) SPECfp_rate2000 result of 382.0, SPECint_rate2000 result of 200.0, SPECompM2001 (peak) result of 40,560 OpenMP performance

11. POWER 185 Quiet office rating 5.0 bels (1-core), 5.1 bels (2-core)

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Jill Holt
IBM Media Relations

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