Excel at SAP Benchmarking With IBM i 6.1 and POWER7

With the announcement of POWER7 came another record setting result on IBM i for the SAP Business Intelligence Mixed Load (BI-MXL) Standard Application Benchmark. The key figure of this benchmark is the number of query navigation steps/hour, a measurement of overall throughput. In October 2009, we were able to run 154,447 query navigation steps/hour on eight POWER6 processor cores and IBM i 6.1. Our latest result was achieved with the POWER7 processor-based Power 750 Express where we hit 241,526 query navigation steps/hour using eight cores. That’s a 56-percent improvement from POWER6 to POWER7 with the same number of cores!