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TPC Press Release

Forrest Carman
Owen Media for the TPC

Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) Launches TPCx-BB, a New Benchmark for Big Data Analytics Systems

TPCx-BB first results also announced; first publications by HP Enterprise


San Francisco – June 1, 2016 – The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the immediate availability of the TPCx-BB benchmark. The benchmark is designed to measure the performance of Hadoop based systems including MapReduce, Apache Hive™, and Apache Spark™ Machine Learning Library (MLlib). The benchmark suite is publicly available for download as a self-contained kit via the TPC web site.

TPCx-BB executes frequently performed analytical queries in the context of retailers with physical and online store presence. Historically, online retailers recorded only completed transactions, whereas today they demand much deeper insight into their online consumer behavior. Simple shopping basket analysis techniques have been replaced by detailed behavior modeling; new forms of analysis have resulted in an explosion of Big Data Analytics Systems. Yet there have been no mechanisms to compare disparate solutions in a real-world scenario. TPCx-BB was specifically designed to meet this need, and provides concrete insight in terms of performance versus cost tradeoff.

“TPCx-BB marks a significant milestone for the TPC,” said Bhaskar Gowda, chairman of the TPCx-BB committee. “With the advent of so many Big Data and Analytics Systems – from an array of hardware and software vendors – there is immediate demand for apples-to-apples, cross-platform comparison. TPCx-BB was carefully crafted to meet this need.”

First Results
Hewlett Packard Enterprise published the following results soon after the benchmark became available:

  • 9x HPE ProLiant DL 380 Gen 9 and 3x HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9, 337.26 BBQpm@3000, $1,102.94  USD/BBQpm@3000, Availability Date: 03/31/2016
  • 9x HPE ProLiant DL 380 Gen 9 and 3x HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9, 265.93 BBQpm@3000, $1,222.72 USD/BBQpm@3000, Availability Date: 03/23/2016

“The speediness of how fast the TPC stepped in to address the vacuum of an end user application benchmark – usable right from launch – really is remarkable,” continued Mr. Gowda. “Immediately after benchmark release, Hewlett Packard Enterprise published two results. This is a striking proof point as to industry demand for such a benchmark. It is also a testament to the talent of the members of the development committee.”

Additional information, including the TPCx-BB downloadable kit, is available via the following URL:

TPCx-BB Sub Committee Members include

  • Seetha Lakshmi, Actian
  • Raghunath Nambiar, Cisco
  • David Rorke, Cloudera
  • Nicholas Wakou, Dell
  • Paul Cao, HPE
  • Da Qi Ren, Huawei
  • John Poelman, IBM
  • Bhaskar Gowda, Intel
  • Wayne Smith, Intel
  • Jamie Reding, Microsoft
  • Meikel Poess, Oracle
  • Andy Bond, Red Hat
  • Reza Taheri, VMware

TPCx-BB is currently the TPC’s third Big Data benchmark. TPC-DS 2.0 was recently launched in December 2015 and measures the performance of SQL-based Big Data systems by expanding upon the original TPC-DS benchmark. And, in August 2014, the TPC introduced TPCx-HS, the industry’s first Express-class benchmark for benchmarking Big Data systems, designed to assess a broad range of system topologies and implementation methodologies.

Additional Updates
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. Abstracts are due June 8,2016.

Additional deadlines and submission instructions are available 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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