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CHECKLIST

You can use the following checklist to verify that you have defined the rules for the benchmark you are about to embark on.

  • Purpose

  • Goals

  • Confidentiality

  • Software

    • Documentation

    • Operating system

    • ISV Codes including the version

    • Source

    Own code

    Include small and large data sets

    Include reference output or verification for each data set

    Tablespace

    Queries

    • As is—no changes, except for porting

    • Optimizations—what is allowed

    • Performance

    Current

    Target

  • Hardware

    • Disk requirements—quantity, RAID level

    • Memory

    • CPUs

    • Large SMPs or a thin node cluster

  • Types of runs

    • Standalone

    • Scaling

    • Throughput mix

    • Rules for the runs

  • Reporting

    • Report matrix

    Configuration(s)

    Hardware

    Software—include versions

    Performance metrics

    Modifications to scripts, code, queries for porting and optimization

    Extrapolations

    • Files, including output files, and other information to be reported

  • How to answer incoming questions

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