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A Compaq Proliant server cluster is capable of running up a billion transactions a day - apparently a first in TPC-C (Transaction Processing Council) validated benchmark.

In real life, this is equivalent to the requirements of "more than triple the transactions handled daily, worldwide, by a large consumer credit card payment processing system", Q helpfully points out.

Compaq bases this claim on the TPC-C benchmark performance of a 32-node cluster of ProLiant DL760 servers. The multi-headed beast clocked up 709,220.08 transactions per minute (tpmC) at a cost of $14.96 per tpmC. Scale this up and you get the one billion transactions a day figure.

Each server in the cluster was equipped with eight 900MHz Pentium III Xeon processors, running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition.

According to Compaq, the performance places its server rig in the top 10 list of clustered TPC-C benchmarks compiled by the Transaction Processing Council'sTop Ten list of clustered TPC-C benchmarks.

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