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Oracle Sets World Record in Performance on Bull NovaScale® Server for a 32 CPU System with TPC-H One Terabyte Benchmark


Bull and Oracle Deliver Stellar Performance for Demanding Data Warehouse Applications.

PARIS and REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., 02-FEB-2006 Bull and Oracle today announced a new record-setting TPC-H One Terabyte (TB) benchmark for a 32 processor system running Oracle® Database 10g Release 2 on Linux and using the Xyratex RS-1600-FC2 storage enclosures.

Running on a Bull NovaScale 6320, with 32 Intel® Itanium® 2 1.6 GHz 6 MB L3 Cache processors on Linux, Oracle® Database 10g Release 2 achieved record performance and price-performance for a 32 CPU system of 34,987.50 QphH@1000GB, $38.41/QphH@1000GB.

“Bull is highly involved in Open Source, as an IT maker, as an integrator through a full services offering, and finally as an added-value ISV. Bull’s R&D investments have given Bull a leading edge in the Open Source arena. Today’s results prove NovaScale Intel® Itanium® 2 based servers, together with Oracle Database 10g , are ideal platforms for high-performing data warehouse applications,” said Henri Pfahl, vice president of the NovaScale server business unit of Bull.

“Oracle Database 10g on Linux continues to raise the performance bar in data warehouse environments,” said Richard Sarwal, vice president of Server Performance at Oracle. “This benchmark demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to providing our customers with the utmost in data warehousing value and performance.”

“The Xyratex SBOD enclosure features direct disk to controller communications providing improved performance levels, increased data availability and reductions in latency; These are all factors that contribute significantly to overall solution performance,” said Jon Haley VP Sales, EMEA & APJ, Xyratex Storage Systems. “Xyratex congratulates Oracle and Bull and is excited to have participated in this excellent achievement.”

This latest benchmark adds to the extensive list of Oracle Database 10g performance world records, including world record performance benchmark results in the TPC-H 3 TB, and TPC-H 10 TB scale factor categories with Oracle Database 10g Release 2. As the leading database for production data warehousing, Oracle Database 10g provides a single, integrated database engine for scalable and high performing data warehousing implementations.

About Oracle Database 10g
The only database designed for grid computing, Oracle Database 10g delivers superior performance, scalability, availability, security and ease of management on a low-cost grid of industry standard storage and servers. Oracle Database 10g is designed to be effectively deployed on everything from small blade servers to the biggest SMP servers and clusters of all sizes. It features automated management capabilities for easy, cost-effective operation. Oracle Database 10g’s unique ability to manage data from traditional business information to XML documents and spatial/location information makes it the ideal choice to power online transaction processing, decision support and content management applications.

About Bull NovaScale®
With NovaScale, Bull has launched a new generation of open mainframe-class servers.

Nearly two years after their launch, they have gained a strong market recognition both as HPC (High Performance Computing) servers, as well as data warehouse and data base servers. In December 2005, Bull delivered the most powerful supercomputer in Europe, with a configuration of more than 900 clustered NovaScale® servers, based on the Intel® Itanium® “Montecito” processor.

As members of the Itanium Solutions Alliance (ISA), Bull and Oracle have confirmed their long term, strategic commitment to Itanium solutions. For more information, please visit the Alliance Website at

About TPC-H
TPC-H is a decision support benchmark consisting of a suite of business oriented ad-hoc queries and concurrent data modifications. The performance metric is called the TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric (QphH@Size) and reflects multiple aspects of the capability of the system to process queries. More information is available at

About Bull, Architect of an Open World(TM)
As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:

- Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies;

- Building on its alliances with leading ISVs and long-standing involvement with Open Source, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve;

- Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers’ business integrity.

Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 100 countries worldwide.
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About Oracle
Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at

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TPC-H, QphH, $/QphH are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC).

As of February 2nd, 2006. Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC),
Bull Novascale 6320, 34,987.5 QphH@1000GB, $34.81/QphH@1000GB, available February 2nd, 2006.

Sun Fire E25K, (72 chips, 144 cores, 144 threads) 108,099.7/QphH@10000GB, $53.80/QphH@10000GB, available 1/23/06. (World record TPC-H 10TB result).

Sun Fire E25K, (72 chips, 144 cores, 144 threads) 105,430.9/QphH@3000GB, $54.87/QphH@3000GB, available 1/23/06. (World record TPC-H 3TB result).


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