PR: HP Announces Record-setting Performance on Itanium 2-based HP Servers and Workstations
Monday July 08 2002 @ 10:01AM EDT

New HP Systems Outperform Competitive Sun UltraSPARC III and IBM Power 4 Systems

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 8, 2002--HP (NYSE:HPQ - News) today announced record-breaking performance results on new HP servers and workstations featuring the Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processor. The HP systems provide outstanding price/performance and enable customers to cost-effectively handle their most demanding enterprise workloads in HP-UX, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and Linux environments.

"HP is, once again, at the forefront of new computing technologies, providing solutions to our customers that meet the changing needs of their businesses," said Mark Hudson, worldwide marketing manager, HP Business Critical Systems. "The combination of the Intel Itanium 2 processor, HP's zx1 chipset and HP workstation and server systems enables customers to power the most complex technical and commercial business-critical applications."

Enabled by the Intel Itanium 2 processor and the high-bandwidth, low-latency HP Chipset zx1, HP's servers and workstations achieved the following benchmark results:

- Enterprise resource planning: The HP Server rx5670 produced the world's best four-way system performance result on the SAP R/3 Sales and Distribution 2-tier benchmark, supporting 470 SD benchmark users at an average response time of 1.82 seconds with a total throughput of 141,254 dialog steps per hour. The result was achieved using the beta version of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition (64-bit)(1) and Microsoft Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition version 1.2, run by HP and Microsoft in Redmond, Wash. The HP Server rx5670 was configured with four Intel Itanium 2 processors (each with 3 MB of integrated L3 cache), 16 GB of memory and 102 GB of total disk space.

- Database server: The HP Server rx2600 and HP Server rx5670 reported top two-way and four-way online transaction processing database performance with the TPC-C benchmark using Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition (64-bit)(1) and Microsoft Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition version 1.2. The four-way HP Server rx5670 reported 78,455 tpmC (transactions per minute) at $5.12/tpmC, outpacing all competitive four-way servers. The slim 2U two-way HP Server rx2600 reported 40,621 tpmC at $5.72/tpmC.(2)

- Secure Web serving capacity: The HP Server rx5670 delivered a No. 1 SPECweb99_SSL benchmark result of 1,520 -- 2.7 times more powerful than a comparable Sun Fire V480 configured with four 900 MHz UltraSPARC III Cu CPUs each with 8 MB L2 cache. The HP Server rx5670 also performed at a rate 1.4 times faster than the IBM Power4-based eServer P630 system at 1.0 GHz.(3)

- High-performance scientific and technical computing: On the Linpack n=1000 benchmark, the HP Server rx5670 with an Intel Itanium 2 processor at 1 GHz reported a score 22 percent higher than the IBM eServer pSeries 690 with a Power4 processor at 1.3 GHz. The HP workstations and servers produced in excess of 3.5 billion floating point operations per second.(4)

- Computer-aided engineering: CPU for CPU, the HP Workstation zx6000 and HP Server rx2600 outperformed IBM's flagship 1.3 GHz Power4 systems on three out of four of MSC's Nastran performance benchmarks. Floating point engine: The HP Workstation zx6000 achieved the world's fastest SPECfpbase_2000 result of 1,356. This score for the HP workstation is 13 percent higher than IBM's most powerful CPU, the Power4 at 1.3 GHz, with a SPECfp_base2000 score of 1,202. The HP workstation is also 1.9 times faster than the Sun Blade 2000 (UltraSPARC III 1050 MHz copper), with a SPECfp_base2000 score of 701.(5)

- Commercial compute core: Itanium 2-based systems from HP with the HP Chipset zx1 outperformed the best from IBM and Sun. HP achieved a SPECintbase_2000 score of 810 and 807 on an HP Server rx2600 and HP Workstation zx6000, respectively. (5)

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. The company would have had combined revenue on a pro forma basis with the Compaq transaction of approximately $81.1 billion in fiscal 2001 and has operations in more than 160 countries. More information about HP is available at

Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. TPC and TPC-C is a trademark of the Transaction Processing Council. SPECint, SPECfp, and SPECweb are trademarks of SPEC, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

(1) Microsoft SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) is currently in beta release.

(2) The TPC-C benchmarks were run with Microsoft Windows Advanced

Server LE version 1.2 operating system and Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise Edition 64-bit database. Performance information for this report was current as of June 26, 2002. Performance results from the TPC-C benchmark are at

The TPC-C results mentions in this document are:

- HP Server rx2600: 40,621 tpmC, $5.72/tpmC, hardware availability August 2002 and TPC-C availability Dec. 31, 2002;
- HP Server rx5670: 78,455 tpmC, $5.12/tpmC, hardware availability August 2002 and TPC-C availability Dec. 31, 2002; and
- IBM e(logo) xSeries 440 (Best four-way prior to June 26): 55,139 tpmC, $6.98/tpmC, TPC-C availability March 11, 2002.

(3) HP's SPECweb99_SSL and SPEC CPU 2000 benchmark reports were submitted to the SPEC committee for review on July 8, 2002.

SPECweb99_SSL results mentioned in this document are:

- HP Server rx5670: 1,520 conforming simultaneous connections using four Intel Itanium 2 one gigahertz 3 MB iL3 cache CPUs with 24 GB of memory. The HP Server result is 1.4 times faster than IBM's system and 2.7 times faster than Sun's system.
- IBM eServer P630: 1,050 conforming simultaneous connections, using four Power4 1.0 GHz 1.4 MB L2 cache CPUs with 8 GB of memory.
- Sun Fire V480: 568 conforming simultaneous connections using four UltraSPARC III Cu 8 MB L2 cache CPUs with 32 GB of memory.

(4) Linpack n=1000 benchmark scores: The 1 GHz Itanium 2-based HP

Server rx5670 scored 3,528 MFLOPS (millions of floating point operations per second), the IBM score is 2,894 MFLOPS from an IBM eServer pSeries 690 based on IBM Power4 processor at 1.3 GHz (source: IBM Performance Report June 25, 2002). The HP workstation zx6000 scored 3,533 MFLOPS with a single Itanium 2 one-gigahertz processor.

(5) HP results mentioned above have been submitted to SPEC. More details and benchmark results from over 1,000 systems can be viewed at

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