February 9, 2002

Turbolinux 7 Server and IBM DB2 set performance record

Author: JT Smith

Turbolinux® Inc., a worldwide leader in Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and management products, announced today that the combination of IBM DB2 database software and Turbolinux 7 Server now holds the world-record for performance in the industry-standard decision support benchmark test TPC-H (100GB).

The 100GB TPC-H benchmark was performed on a four-node IBM eServer xSeries 350. Each xSeries 350 server node was configured with four Intel® 900MHz Pentium® III Xeon TM processors and 4GB of memory, and ran with IBM DB2 Universal Database version 7.2 and Turbolinux 7 Server. The system achieved a Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric of 2960.6 QphH@100GB and a price/performance metric of $337/QphH@100GB with an availability date of June 20, 2002***.

These results indicate IBM's DB2 version 7.2 running on Turbolinux 7 Server is 74 percent faster than the best Windows-based result**** and outperforms all other platforms at the 100GB scale factor***. Comprehensive results can be found on the TPC Web site at http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/h-ttperf.idc.

TPC-H measures the performance of decision support systems to examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business questions. The test is a standard benchmark defined by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), an industry group whose members include most of the largest computer system and database companies worldwide.

"One of the reasons our customers and partners like IBM select TL7 Server is due to the performance and reliability that we build into each release", said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO, Turbolinux. "Working jointly with IBM on this performance benchmark is just another example of how our two companies have joined forces to make Linux successful in the enterprise."

Linux has been growing rapidly within the enterprise because of its cost-effectiveness and exceptional flexibility. In addition, both reliability and high-performance are necessary for applications such as CRM and ERP to run smoothly. Turbolinux continues to focus on providing a Linux operating system for high-performance and scalability with enterprise- class stability and reliability. The TPC-H benchmark proves that Turbolinux 7 Server is an effective Linux solution for IBM's DB2 database, and positions this combination of technology as the most advanced, reliable, and highest-performing database solution.

About TPC
The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded to define transaction processing and database performance benchmarks, such as the TPC-C, TPC-H, and TPC-W benchmarks and to provide objective performance data based on those benchmarks. TPC benchmarks have extremely stringent requirements, including both reliability and durability tests, and must undergo an independent audit. Council members include most major database vendors and suppliers of server hardware systems.

About Turbolinux
Founded in 1992, Turbolinux® Inc. is a global software company providing Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and management products that allow computing assets to be quickly redefined on demand -- enabling true flexible processing power. Backed by some of the world's leading technology companies, including Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle, SGI and Toshiba, Turbolinux is headquartered near San Francisco with offices around the world. For more information, visit the Turbolinux Web site at http://www.turbolinux.com.

***TPC-related data presented here is current as of February 1, 2002.
****Compaq Proliant 8000 X700-8P with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 achieved a Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric of 1699.8 QphH@100GB and a price/ performance metric of $161/QphH@100GB with an availability date of August 1, 2000.

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