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TPC Benchmarks Now Measure Server Power Use

Feb 03, 2010, 17:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced its newest specification, TPC-Energy, which measures the energy usage of a server to gauge not only transactions per second but transactions per watt as well.

"TPC benchmarks are a standard measure of performance used by every major server vendor to boast about the speed of their hardware. The top performers list is constantly changing as vendors release new servers.

"But the one thing those lists didn't discuss was how much energy was burned to achieve those results. Two servers may come within a whisker of each other in terms of performance numbers, but if one vendor needed five times the hardware and consumed five times as much power to get similar results as the other, a buyer might want to know that detail.

"Plus, it's needed to keep the vendors honest. Vendors can be a little sneaky some times by listing the power draw of a bare bones system that goes up exponentially once you add all the pieces you need to actually do the job."

Top Ten TPC-H by Performance compares various Linux, Windows, and Unix servers

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