Compaq Computer Corporation, desperate to get some kind of high-end UNIX benefit from its ill-conceived acquisition of Digital Equipment Corp., has announced its massive, 32-CPU capable GS series of Alpha systems. But, as was the case with Digital, Compaq marketing seems overly concerned with CPU - not system - performance.
CPUs relatively easily). Alpha CPU history indicates that the machine will perform well, although the per-transaction cost (i.e., in a transaction processing situation, or a large database scenario) will likely be high. For example, when running the TPC-H benchmark test (for decision support environments where users don't know which queries will be executed against a database system [Source: TPCC]), the IBM RS/6000 exhibited a greater than 3:1 price/performance advantage over the previous large