Sunday, December 18, 2005

HP beat IBM at its own game

It is kind of funny. IBM piled up $1.827 million dollars , with a eServer xSeries 366 machine with 4 Xeon MP 7040 dual core CPUs, it achieved a TPC-C score of 221,017 tpmC. IBM was using IBM's DB2 UDB 8.2 and Windows x64. HP had a $0.48 million DL585 machine with 4 Opteron 880 dual core CPUs, the score was 202,551. HP was using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (64bit).

Today, I stumbled onto this new TPC-C report by HP submitted on Dec 5, 2005. It's again the same DL585 with 4 Opteron 880s, the cost is $0.47 million, but with a TPC-C score of 236,054 tpmC. This beats the $1.827 million IBM xSeries 366 by 6.8% in TPC-C performance.

The difference? HP was using IBM DB2 UDB v8.2 in the new TPC-C test!

I think HP is smart, they don't have any religion. Unlike SUN, which always uses its own compiler and Solaris 10 in tests, HP choose whatever fastest.

By the way, the $1.8 million IBM Xeon machine won't be available until March 31, 2006, one day before April fool's day. The HP DL585 had been available since December 5, 2005.


Blogger HPC_Phreak said...

Sun uses Solaris 10 and their compilers because they know without their own operating system, they'll end up selling x64 kit with margins so thin, they'll have to design fashionable luxury versions of their servers (like Dell is doing with PC's) to make any profit.

They're smart - HP's busy hollowing themselves out with other people's IP. Intel's or AMD's, it doesn't matter, HP has no value to add, and no margin to make.

9:15 PM, December 18, 2005  
Blogger Sharikou, Ph. D said...

A good point, but SUN does certify its Opteron boxes for Windows and Linux. I think SUN should certify UltraSparc T1 for Linux too. SUN needs to sustain a marker for SPARC.

9:49 PM, December 18, 2005  

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