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ComputerWorld: TPC benchmarking group withdraws Microsoft SQL rating

Jul 06, 2000, 15:39 (5 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft Corp.'s SQL Server 2000 database, which is set to ship within a month, suffered a double embarrassment this week. Record TPC-C benchmark numbers, which Microsoft has touted for the past five months, were scratched from the official records after the Transaction Processing Council found the results "noncompliant." And IBM published numbers twice as high as Microsoft's with its own DB2."

"At the launch of Windows 2000 in February, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates touted the performance numbers, which showed SQL Server 2000 and Windows 2000 processing 227,079.15 transactions per minute (TPM-C), the highest ever measured. The result, which beat high-end RISC servers from IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc., was achieved with a cluster of 12 Compaq ProLiant 8500 servers. The TPC-C numbers have figured highly in presentations by Microsoft executives over the last five months."

"But at a meeting of the TPC last Thursday, the benchmark "was found noncompliant to our policies," said TPC chairman Jerrold Buggert. "Given the nature of the problem, the tests need to be redone." The Compaq/Microsoft benchmark was challenged because the tested configuration didn't allow for the primary key of a distributed database to be updated. TPC declined to identify who challenged the results, citing the confidentiality of the challenge procedure."

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