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New Fujitsu PRIMERGY IA server sets TPC-C benchmark record

Fujitsu Australia Limited

Sydney, May 01, 2002

Fujitsu's latest PRIMERGY IA (Intel Architecture) server model, the H250, has achieved the best result to date of any dual processor server in the TPC-C online transaction benchmark. Positioned as an all-purpose server for mid-sized enterprises, the H250 features high performance and availability, scalability and comprehensive remote administration functionality.

With 33768.41 tpmC at a price/performance ratio of EURO 7.97/tpmC, the new PRIMERGY H250 achieved the record-breaking result in an OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) performance test simulating 27,000 users. The result exceeds the previous top performance rating set by the PRIMERGY F200 by more than 50 percent.

The H250 test system was configured with two 2.20GHz Intel Xeon processors and 8GB of RAM, expanded with 13 PRIMERGY S30 storage subsystems comprising 142 hard disks, each with a capacity of 18GB. The software comprised Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server and the Microsoft database application SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. The total value of the tested configuration was EURO 269,106 or A$450,386 (as at 30 April 2002). The benchmark result was reported to the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) on 25 February 2002.

The PRIMERGY H250 will be available in a rackmount or tower version, and presents an ideal platform for a host of applications in different sectors and application environments. The tested configuration will be available in Australasia in June 2002.

PRIMERGY H250 TPC-C performance results in detail:

System: Fujitsu PRIMERGY H250 client/server with 3 front ends
Report date: February 25, 2002
Total system cost: EURO 269,106
TPC-C throughput: 33768.41 tpmC
Price/Performance: 7.97 EURO/tpmC
Availability date: June 2002
Processors: 2 Xeon 2.20GHz
Memory: 8GB
Disk controllers: 4 Mylex eXtreme RAID 2000
Total disk: 143 x 18GB HDDs
Database manager: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition SP2
Operating system: Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
Other software: Microsoft 2000 Server, IIS 5.0 and COM+
Number of users: 27,000

More about TPC-C and tpmC

TPC-C is a standardised benchmark test for measuring the performance throughput of complete system configurations. The results of the TPC-C benchmark tests are subject to scrutiny by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). The results may only be published after they have been verified by an auditor commissioned by the TPC. The TPC-C benchmark test uses the model of a database application for a warehouse. While the system performs a certain number of simulated payment, order status, delivery and stock-level transactions, the number of 'new order' transactions that the system can handle in addition is measured in the benchmark test. The tpmC metric indicates the number of 'new order' transactions that can be fully processed per minute with a response time of less than five seconds. Further information about the TPC institution, the TPC-C benchmark tests and the published benchmark results can be downloaded from the TPC Web site.

More information about the PRIMERGY H250

Fujitsu's PRIMERGY H250 Intel Architecture server combines high performance, scalability, impressive reliability functions and excellent expandability. Numerous functions, like the hot-spare memory options, the zero-channel RAID option, hot-plug hard disks, fans and power supply modules, as well as comprehensive standard functions for remote administration, ensure the highest availability possible while supporting easy and secure standalone operation.

Compared with the PRIMERGY H200 predecessor model, the new 2.2GHz, Xeon processors in the PRIMERGY H250 deliver performance improvement of up to 33 percent. Performance is also increased with the new memory architecture featuring PC1600-registered DDR modules (Double Data RAM) which can be expanded up to 8GB. The so-called 'hyper threading', which Intel has implemented within the NetBurst micro-architecture, means that CPU resources are used more effectively and overall processing is thus improved.

Higher system availability is achieved through the hot-spare memory option, in which one memory bank is redundantly configured with up to 4GB. Hot-plug ports configured as two 64-bit/100MHz PCI-X slots permit higher I/O transmission rates.

An optional zero-channel RAID controller endows the onboard SCSI controllers with RAID functions (levels 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50). The presence of an on-board remote management controller will be a feature of interest to service providers and administration centres.

The PRIMERGY H250 is the direct successor to the PRIMERGY H200, which is being discontinued in parallel with the new product announcement and TPC-C world record. It will be available in June 2002.

More information about the PRIMERGY range

About Fujitsu Australia Limited

Fujitsu is one of the world's leading e-services organisations. Fujitsu technology solutions, from servers to e-Business applications, are powering the new Internet economy. In Australia and New Zealand Fujitsu is helping corporate and government customers to design, build and operate solutions which offer competitive advantage in the Internet world, from state-of-the-art infrastructure through to complex e-Business solutions. Our portfolio of IT services includes consulting, systems integration, prime contracting and a full range of professional services. Fujitsu Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan.
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Date: 01 May, 2002
City: Sydney
Company: Fujitsu Australia Limited