Monday Apr 16, 2007

#1 - Best thing about SGD 4.3 is Performance

The Fat Bloke doesn't believe all he reads. So when he read that the 4.3 release reportedly is both faster and uses less bandwidth, he decided to test for himself the performance of SGD 4.3 against the previous release SGD 4.2. Here's what he found...

First here's FB's Test Bench:

And here's what was done:
In the setup above the WinBench Business Graphics benchmark was run on the Windows server against:
- SGD 4.2 on Linux (RHEL4) and Solaris 10 x64
- SGD 4.3 on Linux (RHEL4) and Solaris 10 x64

We measured
- the Benchmark score;
- the bytes transferred between the SGD client and server during each run
- the elapsed time to complete the full test.

And the scores were:

PlatformCriteria4.24.3
LinuxBytes Transferred12755965944532642
WinBench Score108216
Elapsed Time106 secs51 secs
Solaris x86Bytes Transferred12607832444970456
WinBench Score112210
Elapsed Time105 secs81 secs

Pictorially the Network improvements look like this:

And the benchmark improvements look like this:

So the upshot is that there really is something behind the performance claims and that's why Improved Performance is my favorite feature in the SGD 4.3 release.

FB

Friday Dec 15, 2006

#8 - A global server

I understand that 4.3 is now Internationalized and Localized to English, French, Korean, Japanese as well as Traditional and Simplified Chinese, but so are lots of other products.
What I think is quite cool is the fact that the same server instance supports these locales at the same time.
So this makes it in there at Number 8.

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