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Itanium(R) Based NEC Express5800 Server Achieves
World's Best TPC-C Benchmark Performance
- Achieved on 16-processor Intel(R) architecture server platforms -

*****For immediate use February 21, 2008

Tokyo, February 21, 2008 - NEC Corporation today announced that its Intel(R) Itanium(R) processor-based server, NEC Express5800/1320Xf(1), has achieved the world's best TPC-C benchmark(2) performance on a 16-processor (32 core) Intel processor architecture (IA) server platform(3). The 1,245,516 transactions-per-minute (tpmC) was accomplished by using the Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux AS 4 operating system. This also represents the best TPC-C benchmark performance on a 16-processor Linux server platform(3).

TPC-C is an industry-standard benchmark for measuring a system's processing performance based on an enterprise transaction model for handling orders.

The outstanding performance proven by this benchmark was accomplished by leveraging NEC's high-performance cross-bar switching technology, which supports up to over 200GB/s aggregated throughput, and its unique addressing network technology for high-speed cache coherency control as well as its high-performance chip sets. These technologies are all derived from NEC's extensive experience with supercomputer development. Furthermore, collaboration regarding the use of Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux AS 4 for the Itanium Processor Family , Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning and BEA Tuxedo(R) 8.1 played a significant role in achieving this superior level of system performance.

The performance results and measurement system environment used for this benchmark are as follows.

Performance Results
Throughput 1,245,516 tpmC
Price/performance $4.57/tpmC
Measurement System
System NEC Express5800/1320Xf
Processor Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) processor 9050 (1.6GHz/24MB L3 cache) x 16
The number of processors 16
The number of processor cores 32
The number of processor threads 64
System memory 1TB
OS Red Hat(R) Enterprise Linux AS 4
Database Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning
Transaction monitor BEA Tuxedo(R) 8.1
Database Data Array NEC Storage D3-10

NEC believes that these benchmarks results demonstrate the world-leading performance of its products. Building on this, NEC will continue to aim at achieving next-generation IT infrastructure capable of rapidly responding to new business opportunities that arise as a result of accelerated business pace.

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Model name in North American market corresponding to "NX7700i/5080H-64" model name used in the Japanese market.
TPC-C is an OLTP (online transaction processing) benchmark developed by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). The TPC-C benchmark defines a rigorous standard for calculating performance and price/performance measured by transactions per minute (tpmC) and $/tpmC, respectively.
As of February 1, 2008. Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). NEC Express 5800/1320Xf, 1,245,516 tpmC, $4.57/tpmC will be available from April 30, 2008 in the North American market.

Information and specifications are subject to change without notice. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. TPC Benchmark, TPC-C, tpmC and $/tpmC are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. Red Hat is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. Oracle, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. BEA and BEA Tuxedo are registered trademarks of BEA Systems, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark or a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the US and other countries. (C)2008 NEC Corporation. All rights reserved.

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