Topics in Performance Evaluation, Measurement and Characterization

Volume 7144 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 1-9

Shaping the Landscape of Industry Standard Benchmarks: Contributions of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC)

  • Raghunath NambiarAffiliated withLancaster UniversityCisco Systems, Inc.
  • , Nicholas WakouAffiliated withLancaster UniversityDell Inc.
  • , Andrew MaslandAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityNEC Corporation of America
  • , Peter ThawleyAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversitySybase, an SAP Company
  • , Matthew LankenAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityOracle Corporation
  • , Forrest CarmanAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityOwen Media
  • , Michael MajdalanyAffiliated withCarnegie Mellon UniversityLoBue & Majdalany Magt Group

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Established in 1988, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has had a significant impact on the computing industry’s use of industry-standard benchmarks. These benchmarks are widely adapted by systems and software vendors to illustrate performance competitiveness for their existing products, and to improve and monitor the performance of their products under development. Many buyers use TPC benchmark results as points of comparison when purchasing new computing systems and evaluating new technologies.

In this paper, the authors look at the contributions of the Transaction Processing Performance Council in shaping the landscape of industry standard benchmarks – from defining the fundamentals like performance, price for performance, and energy efficiency, to creating standards for independently auditing and reporting various aspects of the systems under test.


Industry Standard Benchmarks