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June 05, 2008


Han Solo

Maybe let 'software vendors' write the benchmarks for the hardware vendors to compete against.

And then you can know that "SystemX" will run the OracleSPEC at some level, which might be much more relevant to your production environment than some theoretical benchmark.

marc farley

If customers made benchmarks more important as part of their purchase criteria, then there might be an incentive to make them more useful. The problem is that benchmarks need to be interpreted against a real-world environments and there will probably never be enough dials on the benchmark machine to model complex customer environments. Assuming a sufficient number of dials, the cost of running and interpreting benchmarks would be very high.

A meaningful benchmark today would include virtual systems with various workload mixes. Yikes!

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