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TPC Announces New E-Commerce Benchmark Standard

San Jose, California — July 7, 2000 — The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced a new transactional benchmark standard for e-commerce, e-business, web-based commerce and business-to-business commerce over the web. TPC Benchmark W (TPC-W) is designed to model businesses (retail store, software distribution, airline reservation, electronic stock trades, etc.) that market and sell over the Internet.

TPC-W provides both performance and price/performance metrics allowing the comparison of commercially available technologies upon which these environments are based. The benchmark will measure the performance of systems supporting users browsing, ordering, and conducting transaction oriented business activities. TPC-W is the only industry standard workload in the e-commerce space, addressing the critical need for an objective benchmark in this new business area.

Twenty-three companies were involved in the development of this benchmark, which was subsequently approved by the entire TPC membership. "The cooperation between companies which occurred to come to agreement on this benchmark in record time shows clearly how much this benchmark was needed," stated Jerrold Buggert, Chairman of the TPC-W benchmark development subcommittee and Chairman of the TPC.

Commenting on future versions of the benchmark, Jim Enright, Chairman of the TPC-W maintenance subcommittee, said, "We are committed to tracking this rapidly evolving environment as new standards and methodologies are developed by providing timely version updates."

The workload in the TPC-W benchmark is performed in a controlled Internet commerce environment that simulates the activities of a business oriented transactional web server. It includes a mix of static images and dynamic page generation. In the case of dynamic page generation, database accesses and updates are made while maintaining consistent web objects and transaction integrity. Realistic cross database contention occurs during both data access and update. The required electronic commerce functions include secure browser communications with SSL, persistent shopping carts and secure on-line payment authorization.

As in other TPC benchmarks, independent certified auditors, full disclosure requirements, Technical Advisory Board review and Fair Use rules provide a level of integrity unique to the industry. For more information on TPC-W, see

34 TPC Members Worldwide

The TPC is a non-profit consortium of major computer system and software companies, founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry.  The TPC was established in August, 1988 by eight leading software and hardware companies, and consists now of 34 members from North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. TPC members are: Acer, BEA, Bowstreet, Bull, Compaq, Data Return, Dell, EDS, EMC, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, IBM, Informix, Intel, ITOM International Co., Microsoft, NCR, NEC, Network Appliance, Inc., Oracle, Progress Software, Santa Cruz Operations, Fujitsu, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, Toshiba, Unisys, White Cross Systems, Harris Teeter, Inc., Ideas International, SES, Velogic, Inc. Other industry players in the area of Web commerce are invited to join the TPC effort. Those interested should visit the TPC web site at:

NOTE: TPC Benchmark and TPC-W are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council.

For more information, contact:
TPC, Michael Majdalany
Voice: 415-750-8260
Fax: 415-751-4829



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