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rPerf (Relative Performance) – An estimate of commercial processing performance relative to other IBM UNIX 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.

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CPW (Commercial Processing Workload) – A relative measure of performance of systems running the IBM i operating system. Performance in client environments may vary. The value is based on maximum configurations. Please refer to the "IBM Power Systems Performance Capabilities Reference — IBM i operating system Version 6.1 (PDF, 1.2MB) " for a complete description of CPW and the CPW rating for IBM Power Systems.

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