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TPC Benchmark Status
July 2001

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The TPC held a General Council meeting June 21 and 22, 2001 in Budapest, Hungary. The main focus of the work was on setting the framework for new standards, such as the new OLTP benchmark, and refining existing benchmarks. Several of the current benchmarks, namely TPC-C and TPC-H/R, are complete and mature, needing only periodic summary reviews to maintain them.

The TPC-C Maintenance Subcommittee met in June but did not have any new business to conduct. The TPC-C Benchmark is functionally mature and no new work or changes to the Specification are planned at this time.

OLTP Working Group

The General Council voted to formally create the TPC-OLTP Work Group. The Work Group's objective is to develop the requirements for a new OLTP benchmark and to produce an RFP for its implementation. The Work Group is expected to conclude its activities by the December 2001 meeting.

The proposed schedule is as follows
Aug 01 final requirements, draft RFP, external release of requirements, selection criteria
Oct 01 final draft RFP, presentation to GC, legal review of RFP
Dec 01 GC approval, RFP released
Apr 02 review of RFP responses, selection process

Companies interested in joining the TPC to participate in the OLTP Working Group should contact the TPC Administrator at

The TPC-H/R Maintenance Subcommittee met in June but did not have any new business to conduct.


The TPC-DS Working Group continued its work on its new decision support benchmark. At the June meeting, the subcommittee concentrated on data maintenance aspects (dimension handling, source schema, mapping source schema to target schema, update scaling, data generation), and began discussion on query as well as identification of the next steps (transformations, click stream analysis, metric analysis, ACID tests, tool definition).


The TPC-W Subcommittee made minor corrections to the specification, primarily related to proper paragraph references. The Subcommittee focused most of its time on putting together an approach for communicating the features and benefits of the TPC-W benchmark.

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