The TPC-W Subcommittee made clarifications and minor modifications
to the specification relating to the primary metrics.
The Subcommittee also discussed V2 enhancements. A proposal
to shift the focus from a full e-commerce system benchmark to
a commercially available application transactional server benchmark
was advanced. This would replace the TPC-W version 1 HTTP browser
interface with a standard web services interface. In addition,
common commercially available systems functions such as session
management, DBMS connectivity, and authentication would be required
for the web services implementation via a managed code environment
such as CLR and JVM's. With this proposal the benchmark would
test the performance of an application server running on one
OS instance. This would result in lower benchmarking costs and
would eliminate the confusion on what is being benchmarked.
The TPC-W Subcommittee is gathering feedback from the industry
regarding current and emerging eBusiness technologies, features,
and components. This feedback provides valuable guidance about
what is appropriate for inclusion in an industry standard eBusiness
benchmark. The Subcommittee intends to use the feedback to develop
or enhance TPC eBusiness benchmarks with a common set of vendor
neutral features. Please take the opportunity to give us your
feedback by filling out the TPC-W questionnaire.