IBM Shatters TPC-C Benchmark Record For Eight-Way Intel-Based Servers

IBM eServer x440 Delivers 32 Percent Better Benchmark Score Than Eight-Way Dell And HP Servers On TPC-C Benchmark

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ARMONK, NY - 30 Jul 2002: IBM today demonstrated the extraordinary scalability of its eServer tm x440 Intel(R) processor-based system, which offers a building-block approach designed to support from four to 16 processors, by achieving industry-leading performance and price/performance for an eight-way Intel server on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark.

Powered by IBM Enterprise X-Architecture tm technology, the x440 achieved 92,398.49 transactions per minute (tpmC) at $7.70 per tpmC. The IBM system delivered a 32 percent higher score than Dell's and Hewlett-Packard's highest eight-way TPC-C results on an Intel-based server. It also achieved a price/performance score that is 18 percent better than HP's best eight-way result, and nine percent better than Dell's best eight-way result (1).

The x440's eight-way performance score achieved 67 percent more throughput than the four-way x440 TPC-C result published in March 2002 (2), demonstrating the server's strong scalability from four- to eight-way configurations.

Introduced earlier this year, the x440 is the result of a three-year development effort to build an exceptionally powerful Intel processor-based server using industry-standard technologies that meets the performance, reliability and scalability requirements of corporate data center customers. The server offers a modular, highly reliable architecture that allows customers to pay for computing power incrementally as they need it, and is designed to support up to 16 processors and 64 GB of memory.

The x440 tested used eight Intel Xeon Processor MP operating at 1.6GHz and ran Microsoft (r) SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft .NET Datacenter Server. As configured, the system will be available January 21, 2003.

Full details on these results and a complete list of all TPC results are available at the Transaction Processing Performance Council Web site at