IBM Sets TPC-C Benchmark Record for x86 Servers

Paul Lilly

It was 30 years ago to the day when IBM released it's first personal computer, the IBM PC 5150. Two days ago, an IBM executive essentially declared the PC a fossil , saying he recently made the switch to a tablet as his primary computer (good luck with that). And today? IBM made a splash in the server sector by announcing it just recorded the highest TPC-C benchmark score ever achieved for an x86 server.

IBM scored three million transactions per minute using a single rack non-clustered IBM System x running DB2, the same system it set a record with eight months ago. The system features four Intel Xeon E7 8870 processors running at 2.4GHz with 30MB of shared L3 cache per processor, 3TB of memory, and eXFlash enterprise multi-level cell (MLC) SSD storage.

"Leveraging significant investments in x86 technology, IBM continues to push the envelop in terms of innovation, scalability and performance," said Alex Yost , vice president, IBM System x and BladeCenter systems. "At the end of the day, it's about the customer, about delivering highly scalable, cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions that help clients differentiate themselves in their chosen markets."

IBM's record breaking benchmark score ranks 5th overall on TPC-C Top 10 results for non-clustered systems. IBM couldn't resist taking a potshot at Hewlett Packard claiming this feat extends the system's performance advantage over a comparable HP machine by up to 66 percent.

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