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IBM server scores in scalability benchmark test

IBM today announced that its Intel-based NUMA-Q Model E410 system, running DB2 Universal Database V7.1, is the industry's first server to demonstrate linear scalability in the TPC-H benchmark at the 300 GB scale factor.

The NUMA-Q server is the only server with single system scalability results across 32, 48 and 64 processors.

SOMERS, N.Y. - IBM today announced that its Intel-based NUMA-Q Model E410 system, running DB2 Universal Database V7.1, is the industry's first server to demonstrate linear scalability in the TPC-H benchmark at the 300 GB scale factor.

The TPC-H results show NUMA-Q E410 with 32 processors leading in price/performance over 32-processor systems tested from Compaq and Hewlett Packard.

The NUMA-Q E410 also demonstrated performance gains scaling to 48 and 64 processors with a scaling efficiency of up to 98 percent in the benchmark.

Scalability, as measured by scaling efficiency, refers to a system's ability to achieve performance gains as resources are added. A scaling efficiency of 100 percent reflects a linear increase in performance as the system grows.

TPC-H Business Intelligence Benchmark
The TPC-H benchmark models a business intelligence environment in which complex ad hoc business oriented queries are submitted against a large database.

The purpose is to assess a system's performance and price/performance in a typical BI environment supporting both queries and updates.

The NUMA-Q server was tested in configurations of 32, 48 and 64 Intel Pentium III Xeon processors running at 700 MHz with memory ranging from 32 GB to 64 GB.

In TPC-H benchmark testing at the 300 GB scale factor, scalability across 8, 12, and 16-quad NUMA-Q systems running IBM's DB2 Universal Database Enterprise-Extended Edition Version 7.1 and DYNIX/ptx version 4.5.1 averaged at above 95 percent.

For more information on this benchmark, visit the TPC-H Web site.