IBM Resets World Record for Server Transaction Processing

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Somers, N.Y. - 28 Sep 2000: IBM today announced that its AS/400e Model 840 server has once again set a leadership benchmark for commercial transaction-processing performance.

Based on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark, IBM AS/400e is the world's most powerful system for single-server transaction processing, beating comparable servers from Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq1. The IBM AS/400e Model 840 server
performed a record 163,775.80 transactions per minute (tpmC) at $65.02 per transaction ($/tpmC).

Commercial customers have traditionally used the single-server, single-database TPC-C results as a principle metric for comparing systems that run demanding enterprise-wide applications. The test was performed with a 24-way IBM AS/400e Model 840 server powered by IBM's copper and silicon-on-insulator microprocessors, running Version 4 Release 5 of OS/400 and IBM DB2 Universal Database for AS/400.

"Our TPC-C results further demonstrate the value we're providing to customers who need optimum transaction processing -- and need it this year," said Drew Flaada, director, AS/400 Product Marketing. "Sun's recent TPC-C benchmark is on a server that isn't available until 2001. We're delivering the world's best technology from IBM, including copper and silicon-on-insulator, as well as a system infrastructure that enables industry-leading performance.
We will continue to provide cutting-edge technology for the demanding world of e-business."

IBM's AS/400e Model 840 server continues to hold benchmark leadership in Lotus Domino scalability and performance, handling 75,000 concurrent NotesBench R5 Mail Users. In addition, the AS/400e Model 840 achieved industry-leading VolanoMark and SPECjbb2000 benchmark results for server-side Java performance, demonstrating AS/400's leadership in running Domino, Java and data-transaction workloads.

IBM AS/400e Model 840 single-server benchmarks and availability dates:
tpmC: 163,775.80
$/tpmC: $65.02/tpmC
System availability: Dec. 15, 2000
Date submitted: Sept. 27, 2000

IBM is the world's leading server company, and IBM AS/400e is the world's most popular multi-user commercial business computer, with 700,000 systems shipped to customers in more than 150 countries. It is a powerful, flexible transaction server capable of managing and connecting a company's core business applications to suppliers, distributors and customers over the Web. AS/400e scales from a single processor to a 24-way processor and is in its sixth generation of 64-bit RISC technology.

The IBM AS/400e Model 840 server is powered by the world's first production microchips made of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors and copper wiring. The addition of SOI alone can increase performance up to 20-30 percent beyond the use of copper by protecting the millions of transistors on a chip with a blanket of insulation, reducing harmful electrical leakage that wastes power. The AS/400e Model 840 is 3.6 times faster than the previous generation of AS/400 servers.

IBM AS/400e servers are generally available today. The AS/400e Model 840 server used in this benchmark will be available Dec. 15, 2000.
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1 The largest single-system Sun results as of Sept. 28, 2000, are 156,873.03 tpmC on a 64-way server at $48.81/tpmC, with an availability date of Feb. 28, 2001. The largest single-system Hewlett-Packard results as of Sept. 28, 2000, are 102,023.50 tpmC at $63.21/tpmC, with an availability date of Nov. 30, 1999. The largest single-system Compaq results as of Sept. 28, 2000, are 144,331.00 tpmC on a 32-way server at $57.25/tpmC, with an availability date of Sept. 22, 2000.

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This document was created on Sept. 28, 2000. The data contained herein was accurate at the time of creation. IBM recognizes that newer data may be published after this date that could cause this data to become inaccurate.