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Fastest Informix DBA Contest 2012 Webcast - How did they do it?


On Jun 19, 2012, we held a Webcast with the Fastest Informix DBA Winner Andrew Ford, hosted by Lester Knutsen and Art Kagel, to share with other Informix users how the winners achieved their results. Learn about the tips and tricks the real Fastest Informix DBAs used to achieve their remarkable performance.

New Fastest Informix DBA Contest 2012

1,000 OLTP users benchmark run on a Apple Mac Mini Server

Andrew Ford is the Grand Prize Winner of a new iPad

Advanced DataTools is pleased to announce the results of our latest Fastest Informix DBA Contest that was held at the 2012 IIUG Informix Conference, April 22-25, 2012 in San Diego, California.

Congratulations to Andrew Ford, the Grand Prize Winner of the new Apple iPad and the Fastest Overall Informix DBA. Andrew’s results were almost three times faster than the next closest contestant’s results. This year the contest was run on an Apple Mac Mini Server, using Informix Enterprise 11.70.FC4. The server is very small and inexpensive, 1.4 inches by 7.7 inches square. The CPU is an Intel Core i7 with 4 cores, and includes 8 GB of RAM, and it has two disk drives, one for the application and one for the database. It is amazing to see 1,000 user sessions running on this little box and to achieve the level of throughput that Andrew accomplished. The goal of the contest was to see who could optimize an Informix database server running 1,000 OLTP users in under one hour and generate the most transactions per minute. Andrew generated over 57,000 transactions per minute. We used the Open Source BenchmarkSQL Java program to generate the transactions for this contest. The BenchmarkSQL is a JDBC benchmark that closely resembles the TPC-C standard for OLTP. It is a Java program that generates 1,000 sessions doing inserts, updates, and deletes against the Informix database server.

Fastest Informix DBA Contest Winners

Fastest Overall Informix DBA

Andrew Ford - Fastest Informix DBA
Andrew Ford Grand Prize and Fastest Informix DBA

Honorary Prizes

Jeff Flippi
Jeff Filippi Fastest Informix DBA - Consultant
Hugo Tellez
Hugo Tellez Fastest Informix DBA - Domestic
Neil Truby
Neil Truby Fastest Informix DBA - International
Goran Carlsson
Goran Carlsson Fastest Informix DBA – Middle Aged
John Fahey
John Fahey Fastest Informix DBA - Senior

For more information on past Fastest Informix DBA Contests: