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TPC Press Release

Forrest Carman
Owen Media for the TPC

Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) Launches Two New Benchmarks: TPC-DS 2.0 and TPCx-V

TPC also issues call-for-papers for its annual International Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2016).


San Francisco – December 17, 2015 – The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced two new additions to its growing arsenal of industry-standard benchmarks: TPC-DS 2.0 and TPCx-V.

TPC-DS 2.0 is the first industry standard benchmark for SQL-based Big Data systems, including Hadoop™ and Apache Spark™-based systems, as well as relational database management systems (RDBMSs). TPCx-V is the first end-to-end database virtualization benchmark publicly available via downloadable kit, and measures the performance of a server running virtualized databases.

Additional properties of both benchmarks include:

TPC-DS 2.0
The TPC-DS benchmark is crafted to model the decision support functions of a retail product supplier, and is designed to measure query response time, query throughput, data integration performance and data load for a given  system configuration.

TPC-DS 2.0 augments the existing benchmark with the following properties:

  • Runs on Big Data systems, including Hadoop and Spark-based systems in addition to RDBMSs.
  • Examines large volumes of data and gives answers to real-world business questions.
  • Executes SQL queries of various operational requirements and complexities (e.g. ad-hoc, reporting, iterative OLAP and data mining), and periodically synchronizes with source databases through maintenance functions.

“TPC-DS 2.0 marks the next major release of TPC-DS,” said Meikel Poess, chairman of the TPC-DS committee. “It is the world’s first industry standard benchmark designed to measure performance of SQL-based Big Data implementations, and there are simply no comparable alternatives available today. Developing Version 2 was a substantial undertaking – and ultimately a highly rewarding accomplishment – as both the data and execution models are extraordinarily complex.”

Additional information on TPC-DS 2.0 is available via the following URL:

TPCx-V measures the performance of a server running virtualized databases, and models many properties of cloud servers such as multiple virtual machines (VMs) running at different load demand levels. As the TPC’s second “Express”-class benchmark, TPCx-V is publicly available via downloadable kit.

Additional TPCx-V properties include:

  • Models several aspects of cloud computing with a mix of Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and Decision Support Systems (DSS) workloads – and uses databases of different sizes and load levels.
  • Devises a workload that stresses the virtualization layer, and is expected to drive state-of-the-art hypervisor designs.
  • Simulates large fluctuations in the load levels within virtual machines, representative of load elasticity in real-life cloud environments.

“TPCx-V marks several critical milestones for the TPC and the benchmark community in general,” said Reza Taheri, chairman of the TPCx-V committee. “It is a complete, end-to-end virtualization benchmark which anyone can download for free, and includes both self-audit and self-validation tools. So while it is certainly expected to generate interest within large enterprises, we also anticipate wider involvement from academics, and independent developers.”

Additional information on TPCx-V is available via the following URL:

TPCTC 2016
The TPC is also hosting its eighth annual International Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC 2016) collocated with the 42nd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases (VLDB 2016) on September 5, 2016 in New Delhi, India.

The main focus of this year’s TPCTC will be benchmarking emerging areas including Analytics, Cloud and Internet of Things.Researchers and industry experts are encouraged to submit original, unpublished papers via the following URL:

About the TPC
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 currently has 21 full members: Actian, Cisco, DataCore Software, Dell, Fujitsu, HP Enterprise, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nutanix, Oracle, Pivotal, Red Hat, SAP, Teradata, TTA and VMware; and three associate members: China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Ideas International, and the University of Coimbra. Further information is available at


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