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IBM AS/400 MODEL F80 SETS PERFORMANCE RECORD ON INDUSTRY STANDARD COMMERCIAL BENCHMARK

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's new Application System/400 (A) 9406 Model F80, announced today, has achieved the highest reported throughput on the industry standard benchmark, TPC-C.
 The AS/400 (A) F80 scored 580.3 transactions per minute/C (tpmC) at $3,280 per tpmC -- achieving an industry-record throughput and eclipsing by more than 42 percent the performance of the UNIX (B)-based Hewlett- Packard (B) 9000 Series 800 Model H40.
 IBM also announced that the new F10 and F35 both recorded a performance improvement of more than 80 percent over previously tested E models using the TPC-C benchmark.
 The F10, the entry model to the midsize 9404 family of AS/400 processors, achieved 66.1 transactions per minute/C -- 95 percent more than its predecessor, the E10 -- at a cost of ownership of $2,097 per tpmC.
 The F35, the popular entry to the high-end 9406 models, scored 98.6 transactions per minute/C -- 82 percent more than the E35 -- at $2,446 per tpmC.
 IBM measured the machines with the Transaction Processing Performance Council-C (TPC-C) benchmark, the industry standard for interactive commercial workloads similar to those operated by customers with multiple users. TPC-C contains five different transaction types and is replacing the older TPC-A metric. TPC-A is based on simple debit-credit type transactions.
 The 14 AS/400 F models introduced today can be upgraded in the field from E models. With the F models, AS/400 customers can achieve comparable performance for an average of 38 percent less price than with the E models introduced just one year ago.
 Since its introduction in 1988, the AS/400 has become the world's most popular midrange system, with more than 200,000 systems shipped to customers and more than 20,000 applications available worldwide.
 The AS/400 models support from two to 2,400 devices and additional devices through local and wide area networks, including a wide variety of IBM and OEM workstations, PCs, terminals and printers. The AS/400's easy-to-use operating system, Operating System/400 (A), is designed to provide in one package all the facilities needed by small and large commercial customers.
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