Dell PowerEdge Servers With Red Hat Linux Offer Top Performance Benchmarks

San Jose

United States, August 15, 2000

Dell, a world leader in Internet commerce and infrastructure computing, and Red Hat, Inc., a leading provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, announced today at the opening of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here a new benchmark test that shows DellTM PowerEdgeTM servers running Red Hat Linux to be the fastest Web solution of those tested in a Web server environment.

Test results for 33 servers running SPECweb99, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's benchmark for measuring the performance of web servers, have been posted on SPEC's Web site, http://www.spec.org, since August, 1999. The SPECweb99 benchmark simulates how many individual visitors can be connected to a particular Internet or intranet site simultaneously.

Dell and Red Hat worked together with the open source community to configure several servers for the SPECweb99 benchmark. The fastest systems were the Dell PowerEdge 8450 and Dell PowerEdge 6400 servers running Red Hat Linux 6.2 modified with a beta version of the upcoming 2.4 Linux kernel and the new TUX web server developed at Red Hat.

"The 2.4.x Linux kernel provides nice scalability as is demonstrated through TUX's impressive SPECweb99 benchmark figures," said Linus Torvalds. "These benchmark results show how the open source community drives advanced performance computing concepts - TUX pulls together these concepts to take full advantage of the performance enhancements of the 2.4 kernel."

In these tests, the eight-way PowerEdge 8450 running Red Hat Linux 6.2 was able to accommodate 6,387 Web connections, 99 percent faster than the closest competitor's submitted performance benchmark for systems with eight or more processors. The PowerEdge 6400 with Red Hat Linux 6.2 supported 4,200 Web connections, about 133 percent more than the nearest four-processor system benchmark submitted. For SPEC's complete test results visit http://www.spec.org/osg/web99/results/.

About Red Hat TUX 1.0
The Red Hat Threaded Linux Web Server Add-on (TUX) is a new Web server available from Red Hat in August 2000, and is comprised of a new kernel and a small set of changes to existing machines to utilize the new kernel technology. TUX makes use of kernel level operation to achieve higher efficiency in dealing with the kernel's TCP/IP stack and provides a configuration and setup interface to user space applications. Major improvements in performance are achieved by using hardware independent algorithms to improve efficiency of operation and reduce the amount of work that is done more than once in typical network application.

SPECweb99 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluations Corp. (SPEC). Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on www.spec.org as of August 14, 2000. For the lastest SPECweb99 results, visit http://www.spec.org/osg/web99.

About Dell

About Dell
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