Sun Breaks World Record for Four-Way System

8/5/2002 - Sun Microsystems set another world record on the ECperf benchmark, this time taking the price-performance leadership position for a four-way system that has a maximum configuration of four CPUs, delivering a 38 percent increase in performance over all earlier results. Three Sun FireTM V480 servers with 900 MHz UltraSPARC® III processors running the Oracle 9i Application Server Release 2 achieved 36,122 Benchmark Business Operations (BBops)/min@Std with a price performance of $12/BBops/min@Std. This configuration, featuring Sun's binary-compatible SPARC/Solaris[tm] platform, thrusts the Sun Fire V480 server into the price-performance lead, underscoring the value of Sun's entry-level systems with enterprise-strength features at Wintel system price points.

The ECperf benchmark focuses on performance at the application tier, modeling a Fortune 100 manufacturing business. These results demonstrate that the Sun Fire V480 server running Oracle9i Application Server is highly efficient in handling complex and realistic application-tier workloads containing substantial business logic data. Specifically designed to test the performance of J2EETM-based multi-tier enterprise applications, the ECperf benchmark enables information technology managers to model business functions such as ordering, and status checking, in order to enhance their effectiveness for web-based transactioning.

About the ECperf Benchmark (
ECperf is an industry standard benchmark designed to measure the performance of the JavaTM 2, Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), which are used extensively today to power critical business applications and Web services. The ECperf benchmark is representative of real-world business applications including customer orders, inventory, manufacturing, and supply chain management. ECperf is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on as of July 17, 2002.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc. (
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, Java, J2EE, ECperf and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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