Chapter 12

The TPC and Other Benchmarks

TPC Organization

The Transaction Processing Performance Council, formed in 1988, is an independent organization devoted to the specification and standardization of publicly available measures of computer performance. It initially comprised workstation vendors but soon expanded to the larger vendors. Its membership today is comprised of computer manufacturers and software providers and includes Oracle, IBM, and HP.

The reason for the formation was the unsatisfactory nature of existing commercial benchmarks, notably TP1 and debit/credit. The formation of the Transaction Processing Council (TPC) was driven by Omri Serlin, a stern critic of “sloppy” benchmarks.

In November 1989, the TPC membership approved ...

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