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IBM's New Unix Server Sports 256 Cores

Aug 18, 2010, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Needle)

"IBM (NYSE: IBM) today released major additions to its server line based on the company's latest Power7 processor including a 256-core Unix system it says easily trumps competitive systems from Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and HP (NYSE: HPQ).

"After finally acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle launched an aggressive marketing campaign for its high-end servers that claimed the systems vastly outperformed comparable IBM systems and used far less energy. IBM disputed Oracle's claims on a company website, but now can make an even more emphatic claim of top performance.

"IBM said its new Power7 systems have scored the highest ever TPC-C (transaction processing) benchmark using a Power Systems configuration running IBM's DB2 database."

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