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TPC Updates TPC-C Benchmark to Version 5.0

San Francisco, California — March 7, 2001 — The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the update of its long standing TPC-C benchmark to Version 5.0 (V5). Changes to the specification from the Version 3.5 release revolve around pricing and runtime modifications to better reflect today's market requirements.  It is anticipated the current body of results can be easily upgraded to V5 by re-pricing and re-submitting existing results.

Pricing changes include reducing maintenance support pricing to 3 years down from 5 years, 24x7 maintenance up from 8x5, removing terminal network pricing (hubs, switches), and allowing pricing quotes from web pages and print materials. Runtime changes include reducing the disk space requirements to 60 days from 180 days, increasing the measurement interval to 2 hours up from 20 minutes, reporting checkpoint durations, and logging and reporting the number of lost connections of users during the measurement interval. The full text of the specification is available on the TPC web site.

The first TPC-C V5 results will become available in March 2001. Older V3 results will still be accepted until April 2001, with complete phaseout and withdrawal by October 2001. 

The goal of TPC benchmarks is to define a set of functional requirements that can be run on any transaction processing system, regardless of hardware or operating system. It is then up to the test sponsor to submit proof (in the form of a full disclosure report) that they have met all the requirements. This methodology allows any vendor, using "proprietary" or "open" systems, to implement the TPC benchmark and guarantees to end-users that they will see an apples-to-apples comparison. This is a dramatic departure from most other benchmarks where test sponsors are limited to comparing machines that run on just one operating system or benchmarks that execute the same set of software instructions.

TPC benchmarks also differ from other benchmarks in that TPC benchmarks are modeled after actual production applications and environments rather than stand-alone computer tests which may not evaluate key performance factors like user interface, communications, disk I/Os, data storage, and backup and recovery.

More than 30 TPC Members Worldwide

The TPC is a non-profit corporation 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 now has over 30 members from North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. The TPC members are: Acer, Adaptec, BEA Systems, Bull, Compaq,DataReturn, debis Systemhaus, Dell Computers, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), EMC Corporation, Fujitsu, Harris Teeter, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, IBM, IDEAS International, Informix, Intel, ITOM International, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NCR, NEC, Network Appliance, Oracle, Progress Software SCO, Fujitsu/Siemens, SGI, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, Toshiba, Unisys, and Velogic.

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



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