Oracle and Sun World Record TPC-C Performance Beats IBM's Best Results on DB2

Jenny Gelhausen | November 2, 2009

Oracle and Sun Publish First World Record TPC-C Benchmark using Flash Technology.

Oracle announced a new world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle Database 11g running on Sun SPARC® servers with CMT technology and the Sun Solaris Operating System. The Oracle-Sun benchmark used an innovative combination of Sun's fast CMT servers to power the database, along with Sun's new flash technology to speed I/O. Oracle Real Application Clusters allowed Sun and Oracle to scale performance on a 12-Node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 cluster.

With this benchmark, Oracle and Sun become the first vendors to achieve world record TPC-C performance results using Flash Storage technology.


  • Using hardware size measured in racks of equipment as priced for the benchmarks, Oracle and Sun were able to set the world record using eight times less hardware than IBM used for its largest benchmark.

  • The Oracle-Sun configuration consumed four times less energy than the IBM configuration even though it ran 26% faster.

  • Based on average response time of New Order transaction in TPC-C benchmark, the Oracle-Sun benchmark demonstrated 16 times better transaction response times than the IBM benchmark.

  • Oracle Database 11g running on the Solaris10 Operating System achieved a record-breaking 7.7 million tpmC at $2.34/tpmC.

  • Oracle is now the TPC-C world record holder in both major categories - performance and price/performance.

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