Somers, N.Y. — IBM announced that its new IBM eServer pSeries 680, powered by Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) microprocessors, has shattered the world’s record for Internet speed performance. In independent testing on the SPECweb99 benchmark, a 12-way pSeries 680 outperformed Compaq and Hewlett-Packard to become the fastest Web server ever.
The pSeries 680 12-way system running Zeus 3.3.6 Web server software supported 7,288 simultaneous connections, delivering performance over four times faster than Compaq and Hewlett-Packard UNIX systems. Designed to replicate real-world Web server performance, SPECweb99 simulates a server that supports multiple Web home pages with rotating advertisements, customized page creation, user registration and other dynamic operations.
“Serious e-businesses require affordable high-performance servers that don’t run out of gas when Web growth accelerates,” said Mike Kerr, vice president, IBM Web Servers. “The IBM eServer p680 delivers unprecedented speed for conducting business on the Web and can rapidly scale with the growth of a customer’s business. It is the ultimate Web Server for the next generation of the Internet.”
The pSeries 680 draws its considerable strength from copper-based microprocessors featuring Silicon-on-Insulator technology. SOI pushes chip performance at least a year ahead of the competition by using silicon technology to boost processor speed up to 30 percent over conventional bulk silicon technology. For more information on the SPECweb99 benchmark, visit http://www.spec.org/osg/web99/results/ . For more information about Zeus, visit http://www.zeus.com .
The IBM eServer p680 is IBM’s most powerful UNIX symmetric multiprocessor system. It excels at many diverse e-business applications, including Web serving and hosting, mission-critical Enterprise Resource Planning, Supply Chain Management, transaction processing and Business Intelligence. The p680 builds on the award-winning design of its companion, the IBM RS/6000 Model S80, increasing the clock speed to 600 MHz and memory to 96GB. The server is powered by advanced IBM Silicon-on-Insulator microprocessors and is available with new features including Capacity Upgrade on Demand to enable businesses to cost effectively keep pace with rapid growth. For more information about IBM eServers, visit http://www.ibm.com/eserver .