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Beyond the Standard Benchmark
A more effective comparison starts with relative capacity
By Joe Temple

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hen comparing technology platforms, most turn to standard benchmarking practices. Unfortunately, these rely on an inadequate representation of user workloads and neglect the continuous change and evolution of machine design. There must be a better model.
We can also represent three elements of machine design, com monly reported as part of the machine specifications:

Before conducting extensive bench marking, what’s needed is an understanding of relative machine capacity using commonly available design parameters. Such a model should be relatively robust as technology evolves.

hÁParallelism: Thread count hÁSerial speed: Thread speed hÁCache: Cache per thread
Thread count is the threads per core multiplied by the number of cores per machine. Cache per thread is the amount of cache in the machine divided by the thread count. For single threaded cores, thread speed is very closely tracked to clock speed, which is usually specified. However, when a core is multithreaded, the thread speed is the clock speed times the throughput gain from threading, divided by the threads per core. The sockets in Table 1 (page 44)

Relative Capacity is Multidimensional No single design element determines the throughput a system can deliver, but three cover most aspects of capacity:

hÁParallelism: The number of concurrent threads the machine can run hÁSerial speed: How fast each thread will process instructions, given that data is available hÁCache: How much data is available close to each thread

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012

Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
Advertiser's Index
Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Intro
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Editor's Desk: The Taste of Success
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Dashboard: Pay by Phone - Current Conditions - Work Without Boundaries - Digital Personalities
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IBM Perspective: The Performance of Many, the Efficiency of One
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Trends: Why zBX Outperforms DIY When Deploying a Hybrid Infrastructure
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 14
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Q&A: Accurate TCO Analysis Demonstrates the True Value of System z
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 18
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IT Today: IBM's Integrated Solution for System z Streamlines Software Delivery
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 23
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 24
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 25
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Case Study: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Shelter Insurance employs a measured approach in adopting Linux on zEnterprise 114
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 27
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 28
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 29
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 30
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 31
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover Story: Internal Transformation: System z is at the center of initiative, which has saved the company $100 million so far
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 33
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 34
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 35
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 36
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 37
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Feature: Large Memory Tames Big Data: The System z stack evolves to deliver business value from more memory
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 39
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 40
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 41
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 42
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Tech Corner: A More Effective Comparison Starts With Relative Capacity
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 44
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 45
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 46
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 47
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Administrator: JES2 Helps Expedite the Relocation of Data Volumes
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 49
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 50
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 51
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Solutions: Double-Take Share 5.0 - Vanguard Security and Compliance Solutions - MegaCryption DB - ASG-TMON for DB2 - Reflection Suite for X - Orchestrated IT
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 53
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Advertiser's Index
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Stop Run: Wreck Diving Brings IBMer Face to Face With Lost History
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - 56
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Cover4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - BG2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - IB Tape Storage
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T3
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T4
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2012 - T6
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