6/27/2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced another record-breaking benchmark in a series of announcements that further validates its performance and price/performance superiority on the TPC-H benchmark. Performance tests of Oracle9i Database Release 2 running on the Sun Fire[tm] 15K server, Sun StorEdge[tm] arrays and the Sun ONE platform have established Sun as the fastest performing and best price/performance system on the market. This industry standard benchmark was devised in 1999 to represent ad-hoc queries and is representative of the real-world decision support and data warehousing applications. IBM has yet to run a TPC-H benchmark on its mainframe or IBM p690 server.

The benchmark was performed on a 72-processor 1050 MHz Sun Fire 15K system with 288GB of memory, running the industry-leading Solaris[tm] 9 Operating Environment (OE) and Oracle9i Database, topping the performance of the 128 CPU HP and NCR systems. The server also utilized 18 Sun StorEdge[tm] A5200 disk arrays. The system delivered 23,813.7 QphH@3000GB at a price performance of $215/QphH@3000GB, with a scheduled availability of October 30, 2002.

The versatile 72-way Sun Fire 15K server with 1050 MHz CPUs is rated by Sun at 6,400 Mainframe Equivalent MIPS, which surpasses the fastest IBM mainframe, while maintaining a lower price. Following are TPC-H performance and price/performance results currently published for the 3000GB scale factor.

About TPC-H
Established by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), the TPC-H benchmark is an industry-standard Decision Support test designed to measure systems' capability to examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business questions. The TPC-H benchmark evaluates a composite performance metric (QphH@size) and a price/performance metric $/QphH@size) that measure the performance of various decision support systems by the execution of sets of queries against a standard database under controlled conditions.

TPC-H, QphH and $/QphH are trademarks of the TPC. For additional information on the TPC-H benchmark, please visit the Transaction Processing Performance Council's Web site at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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