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Sun joins the benchmarketing season

Sun Microsystems yesterday announced that its flagship Sun Fire 15K server had recorded the World's Fastest TPC data warehouse result based on the TPC-H benchmark. In the latest salvo in the benchmarketing wars (which saw results released by IBM and Hewlett-Packard earlier this week), a 72-processor 1050 MHz Sun Fire 15K system with 288GB of memory, running Solaris 9 and an Oracle9i Database, toped the performance of the 128 processor HP and NCR systems. Sun's system featured 18 Sun StorEdge A5200 disk arrays. The system, designed to serve as a mainframe replacement and due to be available on October 30, delivered 23,813.7 QphH@3000GB at a price performance of $215/QphH@3000GB. This represents a 26 percent better price/performance for the Sun Fire 15K rig over Intel-based systems, according to Sun. The TPC-H benchmark represents ad-hoc queries designed to represent real-world decision support and data warehousing applications. IBM has yet to run a TPC-H benchmark on its mainframe or IBM p690 server, according to Sun. You can see a table showing comparative performances in the benchmark here. ® Related Stories My dad's server's bigger than yours IBM says Intel eServers trounce Dell, challenge Sun
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2002

Ford loses 2600 lawsuit

Online hacker magazine 2600 has emerged victorious in its campaign to retain ownership of the controversial FuckGeneralMotors.com domain. Ford has withdrawn its appeal to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, meaning that 2600 can direct FuckGeneralMotors.com at anywhere it jolly well pleases (it plans to canvas opinions on this at the forthcoming H2K2 conference. At one time FuckGeneralMotors.com (one of a series of sites 2600 registered to take shots at American corporate bigwigs, racism and the mass media 1n 1999) pointed at Ford. The motor company expressed concerns that the non-tech savvy would think Ford had created the site itself. Rather than asking 2600 politely to stop, Ford decided to call in the lawyers. Bad move. In December, 2001, Judge Robert Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan, dismissed Ford's lawsuit in its entirety for "failure to state a claim upon which relief may be granted". The decision meant Ford had no legal right to prohibit 2600 from pointing FuckGeneralMotors.com at Ford's homepage. Ford (supported by various intellectual property lawyers) initially decided to appeal but has now given up the ghost and handing 2600 an almost complete victory. It doesn't recover its costs, but then again it doesn't have to shell out any more legal fees. In a statement, 2600 said Ford "has officially and unconditionally conceded its complete, utter, and perpetual loss" on the merits of the case, which it says sets a precedent for free speech on the Internet. ® Related Stories 2600.com wins dismissal in f**k- generalmotors.com lawsuit External Links 2600 savours victory Rant about Ford's cyberbullying tactics (explains why FuckGeneralMotors.com was set up)
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2002