IBM says its eServer p690 system with 32 Power4 microprocessors running on DB2 Universal Database v8.1 has “shattered” the world record for computing processing power.

Big Blue says the 32-way IBM p690 server outperformed a more expensive HP Itanium 2-based Superdome system with 64 processors running an Oracle database, surpassing the million mark to process 1,025,486 transactions per minute.

The p690’s record-setting performance was achieved on the independent Transaction Processing Performance Council’s TPC-C benchmark.