Today is the beginning of PASS 2009. I am currently sat in the key note and have just seen Bob Muglia demonstrate a SQL Server 2008 R2 running 192 cores.
I think that’s worth sharing. As I am sat next to Simon Sabin I thought I’d share this using pictures rather than bang on for pages of text (he hates it when I do that ).
However, if you want to see what can be done with a mere 96 cores why not check out Henk van der Valk’s awesome work on YouTube here. If you want to meet Henk and see 96 cores in action at SQLBits 2009. Henk works in the European Performance Center for Unisys.
Finally some new benchmarks announced today…
Check out the new SQL Server 2008 R2 record for TPC-E. Of interest to me is that R2 is not only the fastest 2012.77 as opposed to 1,568.22 but also at lower cost Price/tpsE (958.23 USD compared with 1180.01 USD).
Also of interest on the benchmarking front is the new SQL 2008 TPC-H benchmark. TPC-H is a data warehousing benchmark. SQL Server 2008 R2 has featured rather well in the price/performance for 10,000 GB results. Yes that is SQL Server in the no.1 slot :o). Whilst the QphH isn’t the same as some of the others it clearly demonstrates SQL Server scales way beyond common misconceptions. It is also delivering scale at a much keener TCO.
I think that’s quite enough for now. Simon is starting to hurt me (too many words).