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November 10, 1995

DEC GOES PUBLIC WITH A 9,414 tpmC BENCHMARK FIGURE FOR A FULLY-STACKED EIGHT-WAY ALPHASERVER 8400

By CBR Staff Writer

Digital Equipment Corp, Maynard has not been able to pull that magic 10,000 TPC-C number out of the hat yet and has instead gone public with a tpmC figure of 9,414 ($316 per tpm) for a fully-stacked (8Gb RAM) eight-way AlphaServer 8400 (TurboLaser) running Oracle7 7.3 under Digital Unix. Idle time was 12%. The result puts DEC some way ahead of the rest of the Unix pack. Next best audited results are the Hewlett-Packard Co HP 9000 T500/12 running Oracle7 7.3 at 5,369 tpmC ($535 per tpm) and Sun Microsystems Inc SparcServer 2000E/16 running Sybase SQL Server 11.0 at 4,544 tpmC ($400 per tpm). DEC’s $320 per tpm also bests the leading cost per transaction per minute Unix results – Compaq Computer Corp’s ProLiant 4500 Model 5/100-1, with four processors, running Sybase SQL Server 10.0.2 comes in at $319 (1,516 tpmC), while IBM Corp’s RS/6000 Model J30 running DB2 for AIX version 2.1 achieves $349 per tpm (3,119 tpmC). Emphasising the importance of Oracle Corp’s Very Large Memory option, which requires a 64-bit operating system, in the result, DEC said a 10-way TurboLaser with 6Gb RAM turned in at 1,000 tpmCs lower. DEC now expects to get a 10,000 number in its Christmas stocking. Meantime, the company confirmed that TurboLaser will get faster processors and denser memory parts in the third quarter of next year. DEC said 40% to 50% of TurboLasers have shipped with Oracle VLM, 60% of them Unix, 40% VMS. The VMS share will likely rise when 64-bit VMS arrives.

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