Press Release: July 30, 2003

HP and Oracle Set Transaction Processing World Record - Break 800K Barrier

HP Integrity Servers and Oracle Database Establish Record-breaking Benchmarks on Multiple Operating Systems Across Diverse Workloads
PALO ALTO, CALIF., JULY 30, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) and Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:ORCL) today announced the world-record benchmark result of 824,164 transactions per minute (tpmC) on the Transaction Processing Council's TPC-C benchmark(1) achieved by the first ever system, clustered or non-clustered, to eclipse the 800K tpmC barrier.

An HP Integrity Superdome server with 64 Intel® Itanium® 2 processors 6M running the 64-bit HP-UX 11i v2 operating system, HP StorageWorks Virtual Array 7110 and Oracle Database technology outperformed all competitive offerings for transaction processing, while also delivering a top 10 TPC-C single-system price to performance ratio for high-end system of $8.28/tpmC.(1)

"HP's strong alliance and strategic development with Oracle enables us to deliver performance that firmly establishes HP Integrity servers as the standard for 64-bit architectures," said Rich Marcello, senior vice president and general manager, HP Business Critical Servers. "With world-record performance on an industry-standard platform, HP Integrity servers offer customers the flexibility and value required for the demanding business challenges of managing an adaptive enterprise."

HP and Oracle also announced the leading TPC-C benchmark result for a four-processor system. The HP Integrity rx5670 server running HP-UX 11i v2 and Oracle Database technology posted a result of 131,639 tpmC with a price to performance ratio of $7.25/tpmC,(2) beating all previously published UNIX based server results on transaction processing cost.

"Oracle Database technology and HP Integrity servers provide a strong platform for running both memory and processing intensive solutions," said Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Database Server Technologies at Oracle. "Both companies are committed to providing a scalable, reliable and flexible platform to run demanding mission-critical solutions, while meeting customer requirements of performance and better business value."

Record Result for Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark

HP and Oracle also established a new world record for the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark (OASB) on four-processor systems. The HP Integrity rx5670 server running HP-UX 11i v2 and Oracle Database achieved 6,440 concurrent users, with an average response time of 0.6 seconds.(3)

The companies also produced the best ever four-processor OASB result for a Linux-based server, achieving 5,992 concurrent users, with an average response time of 0.6 seconds,(4) running Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1 and Oracle Database technology. Both the four-processor UNIX and Linux-based operating system results exceed all other four-processor system results across all other architectures on the market.

HP Integrity Servers Deliver Record-setting Performance

"Customers are beginning to ask more of the standards-based server products they are installing in their enterprise data centers," said Jean S. Bozman, research vice president, IDC. "The migration to industry-standard hardware components is driven mainly by cost advantages conferred by volume shipments. But the ability to produce high-performance benchmarks and to support scalability of 64 processors, or more, on a server system that is based on industry-standard hardware components is noteworthy, and it should contribute to accelerated adoption of HP's Itanium 2-based Integrity servers for commercial application deployments."

In addition to these benchmark records, HP Integrity servers, ranging from one- and two-processor to 64-processor systems, have established dozens of record benchmark results on multiple operating systems and workload categories. Record-breaking results range from the first 64-way SPECjbb2000 Java Server benchmark of more than 1 million operations per second to the fastest 64-way microprocessor Linpack performance and record-setting SPECweb99_SSL performance.(5)

A complete list of record benchmark results produced on HP's Integrity servers is available at www.hp.com/products1/servers/integrity/performance.html.

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(1)HP Integrity Superdome server running HP-UX 11i v2, HP StorageWorks Virtual Array 7110 dual controllers 512MB and Oracle 10G Database Enterprise Edition achieved 824,164.53 tpmC, at $8.28/tpmC, available Dec. 31, 2003. Source: Transaction Processing Council (TPC) http://www.tpc.org.

(2)HP Integrity rx5670 server running HP-UX 11i v2 and Oracle 10G Database Enterprise Edition achieved 131,639.80 tpmC, at $7.25/tpmC, available Dec. 31, 2003. Source: Transaction Processing Council (TPC) http://www.tpc.org.

(3) OASB: HP Integrity rx5670 server running HP-UX 11i v2 and Oracle9i Database Enterprise Edition achieved a result of 6,440 users, 0.6 seconds average response time, 1.15 seconds 90th percentile response time. Source: Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark, http://www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark.

(4) OASB: HP Integrity rx5670 server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 2.1 and Oracle 9i Database Enterprise Edition achieved a result of 5,992 users, 0.6 seconds average response time, 1.14 seconds 90th percentile response time. Source: Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark, http://www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark.

(5) Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of July 30, 2003. The SPEC benchmark comparisons are based on the best published results for systems with the same processor count. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org/.

Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. TPC is a registered trademark of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. SPEC and the benchmark names SPECjbb and SPECweb99_SSL are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.


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