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Issue Date: November 2005

211% boost with 64-bit platform

1 November 2005

Data integration software provider, Informatica, has released the results of a two-month benchmark study demonstrating the performance of the newest release of the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform running on Intel Itanium 2 processor-based platforms and HP Integrity Superdome servers using the HP-UX 11i v2 operating system.
The first data integration platform optimised for 64-bit performance, PowerCenter 7 loaded in one hour and 35 minutes across 64 CPUs, delivering throughput increases of up to 211% over 2003 PowerCenter 6 benchmark results, as well as near-linear scalability. The study demonstrated PowerCenter's ability to support large-scale data integration implementations, helping customers derive business value from realtime access to increasing volumes of data.
The benchmark test included loading one-terabyte data sets into an Oracle-based data warehouse while performing complex transformations. In addition to performance improvements, in load tests run using 16-, 32- and 64-CPU HP Integrity Superdome server configurations running HP-UX 11i v2, PowerCenter 7 exhibited near-perfect linear scalability. Throughput per CPU remained consistent, with no more than 3% variance across all data sets, indicating that PowerCenter made optimal use of each CPU's processing power for predictable performance.
Performance testing for PowerCenter 7 was accomplished using a 64-CPU HP Integrity Superdome server equipped with 1,5 GHz Intel Itanium 2 processors. CPU configurations varied from eight, 16, 32 and 64 CPUs for specific tests. Data sets for the tests were generated by the industry-standard TPC Benchmark H (TPC-H) utility with representative business data being loaded into an Oracle 9i database. Disk storage was provided by an HP StorageWorks XP128 Disk Array.
For more information contact Charl Barnard, Informatica, 011 462 1277, charl@kid.co.za


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