Fujitsu-Siemens Sets Benchmark on Datacenter Server

Fujitsu-Siemens AG set a new benchmarking bar today for a system running Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Microsoft Corp.'s new, high-end version of Windows 2000.

The European OEM ran Datacenter Server with SQL Server 2000 on its 8-way Primergy N800 server to achieve 56,388.50 transactions per minute (tmpC) on the Transaction Processing Performance Council ( TPC-C benchmark, which measures OLTP performance. Datacenter Server and SQL Server 2000 are both beta code.

The system from Fujitsu-Siemens ( cost $19.56 per tmpC, a relatively low figure compared to benchmarks of large Unix servers. The leading Unix machine, an IBM Corp. ( RS6000, blows away the Windows machine in terms of performance, with 135,815.70tpmC, but hits the pocketbook with a hefty $52.70 per tpmC.

The Fujitsu-Siemens Primergy N800 used eight 700MHz Pentium III Xeon processors and 32GB of RAM. The large storage array employs 144 9GB, 144 18GB, and 8 36GB hard drives, totaling 3,593GB of storage. Attached to the server were 8 700MHz Pentium III client boxes sending the information to the web.

Fujitsu-Siemens simulated 45,360 users on the system with client boxes running Windows 2000 Server and COM+.

Unisys Corp. ( is the only other OEM to post Datacenter results. The 8-way Unisys e-@ction ES5085R weighed in with 48,767.76 tpmC and $20.13 per tpmC.

Unisys published its results five months ago using eight relatively poky 550MHz Xeons, and an earlier beta of Datacenter, suggesting that greater performance and economy is possible with a similar box.

While current Windows systems using one machine for the back-end database top out at eight processors, Windows 2000 Datacenter scales to 32 chips. Unisys has demonstrated Datacenter on its 32-processor ES7000 machine, but the company has not published a TPC-C benchmark.

Fujitsu-Siemens demonstrated its system today at Microsoft TechEd Europe in Amsterdam. Fujitsu-Siemens also demonstrated a 64-bit Itanium box.-Christopher McConnell

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