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HP Superdome Server Achieves World Record Benchmark Results with Enhanced Processor Technology

HP No. 1 on TOP500 Supercomputer Sites List

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced its new PA-8700+ processor in the high-end HP Superdome server, providing customers with performance enhancements and improved investment protection. The server also achieved record-breaking 1 terabyte performance and price/performance ratings on the TPC-H data warehousing benchmark,(1) outstanding Java application performance on the SPECjbb2000 benchmark,(2) and industry-leading price/performance on the TPC-C benchmark.(3)

In addition, HP has displaced IBM to become the No. 1 server supplier on the TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list based on the Linpack technical benchmark. Led by the HP Superdome server and HP AlphaServer systems, HP has more sites in the TOP500 list than any other technology provider.(4) Numerous HP customers were included in the TOP500 list, including Wachovia Corp. and CGI/Bell Canada.

The HP Superdome server's combination of HP's industry-leading HP-UX operating environment(5) and new 875 MHz PA-8700+ processor provides customers with increased speed,(1) resulting in improved real-world application performance, as well as continued investment protection through the ability to perform in-box upgrades.

In the data warehousing space, the HP Superdome server running the Oracle 9i Database Release 2 secured a world-record one terabyte TPC-H benchmark result of 25,805 queries per hour (QphH) at 1 TB and achieved a price/performance ratio of $213/QphH.

These results outperform all single-system or clustered servers on the market at one terabyte. According to the benchmark results, the HP Superdome server is at least 37 percent faster than all competitive offerings at one terabyte, including NCR's Worldmark 5250 server, a specialized data-warehousing system.(1)

"The new world-record TPC-H benchmark result highlights the combined strength of HP and Oracle in the data-warehousing space, allowing enterprise customers to turn their raw data into a strategic business asset," said Chuck Rozwat, executive vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle Corp.

In the Java application space, the HP Superdome server recently scored 594,161 Java operations per second on the SPECjbb2000 benchmark. This result is 75 percent better than IBM's p690 server and 37 percent better than Sun's 72-way 15K server.(2)

"The new PA-8700+ processor is a milestone in our commitment to continually improve customer value through increased performance and investment protection," said Mark Hudson, worldwide marketing manager, HP Business Critical Systems. "We're on track to double Superdome's transaction performance next year, delivering lasting value that competitors can't match."

Nestlé is one of many customers that have recently purchased HP Superdome systems and are taking advantage of its superior capabilities to meet their enterprise computing needs.

Addressing the customer need for reduced online transaction processing costs, the HP Superdome server recently established a new price/performance mark for UNIX® systems on the TPC-C benchmark, bettering IBM's p690 server by 8 percent. At $16.41/tpmC, the HP Superdome server set a new world record for high-end UNIX price/performance(3). HP plans to demonstrate world-leading transaction performance before the end of the summer.

HP Superdome servers based on the new PA-8700+ processor are shipping in volume today.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. The company would have had combined revenue on a pro forma basis with the Compaq transaction of approximately $81.1 billion in fiscal 2001 and has operations in more than 160 countries. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) TPC-H: HP Superdome, 64 processors, Oracle 9i Database Enterprise Edition 9.2.0.2.0, 25,805 QphH, $213/QphH at 1,000 GB, available Oct. 30, 2002. Sun Fire 15K, 72 processors, Oracle 9i Database Enterprise Edition, 18,802 QphH, $227/QphH at 1,000 GB, available July 17, 2002. NCR WorldMark 5250, 128 processors, Teradata V2R4.1, 18,542 QphH, $638/QphH at 1,000 GB, available July 27, 2001. IBM RS/6000 SP 550, 128 processors, IBM DB2 UDB 7.1, 12,866 QphH, $649/QphH at 1,000 GB, available Aug. 15, 2002. Sun Fire 6800, 24 processors, IBM DB2 UDB EEE 7.2, 4,735 QphH, $581/QphH at 1,00 GB, available Oct. 31, 2001.

According to the Transaction Processing Council, the TPC-H benchmark evaluates a composite performance metric (QphH@size) that measures the performance of various discussion support systems by the execution of sets of complex queries against a standard database under controlled conditions. The TPC-H queries are designed to give answers to real-world business questions, simulate generated ad-hoc queries, include a rich breadth of operations and selectivity constraints and generate intensive activity on the database server. Additional information is available at http://www.tpc.org.

(2) Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on http://www.spec.org as of June 24, 2002. For the latest SPECjbb2000 results visit http://www.spec.org/osg/jbb2000.

(3) TPC-C: HP Superdome, 389,434 tpmC, $16.41/tpmC, availability date May 15, 2002. IBM p690, 403,255 tpmC, $17.85/tpmC, availability date Nov. 22, 2002. Additional information is available at http://www.tpc.org.

(4) The TOP500 Supercomputer Sites list is released in June and November of each year. The list is prepared by the University of Mannheim and the University of Tennessee and is designed to provide a basis for comparing statistics on the world's high-performance computers. Details of all published lists are available at http://www.top500.org.

(5) D.H. Brown Associates, 2002 UNIX Function Review, published May 30, 2002.

SPECjbb is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group. Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered trademark of Oracle Corp. TPC-H and TPC-C are copyright of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's annual report on Form 10-K, as amended on January 30, 2002, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2001, HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2002 (as filed with the SEC on March 12, 2002) and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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