Compass Plus, a company specialising in electronic payment solutions and
retail banking systems, has successfully completed scalability and
performance tests on HP servers for their new Open Development Banking
Platform - TranzAxis. TranzAxis is a specialist, integrated platform
created for the development and support of cards and payments,
transaction switching, retail banking and other systems and applications
in the domain linked to the automation of retail banking activities.
The benchmark testing was aimed at determining TranzAxis’ key
performance indicators in various scenarios. TranzAxis was tested
through a simulated issuing and acquiring setup that required it to
drive 20,000 terminals (10,000 ATMs and 10,000 POS devices). TranzAxis
also acted as an issuing system that included 10 million accounts with
overdrafts and 10 million cards linked to them. The tests included both
real-time transaction processing and batch processing.
All terminals worked continuously in full emulation mode with
limit checks, commission calculations, performance of full
authorization, authentication of cardholders, etc. TranzAxis reached a
sustained peak of 1066 transactions per second (TPS) during testing and
remained stable at that high capacity. All transactions that were
included in these results were actual business transactions. This
figure does not include all database transactions and only counts an
action that a customer would have carried out (for example, cash
withdrawal or a POS payment would be considered as one transaction).
The benchmark results also demonstrated that TranzAxis is capable of
processing (balancing) 10 million current accounts with overdrafts,
including interest and commission calculation, at a rate of 1500 TPS.
The scanning and balancing of all the accounts in the portfolio took
three hours on a statement date and one hour in the middle of the month.
The account balancing procedure reassesses the state of the contracts,
manages delinquency statuses, does postings (if required), calculates
Compass Plus is one of only a few vendors that stress tests its systems
by modeling real life production use and employing various issuing and
acquiring data volumes, as opposed to standard performance testing. This
is the only method that demonstrates how the system will behave in a
variety of real life situations and enables Compass Plus to offer an
optimal system and hardware configuration dependent on customer
requirements, helping users reduce costs.
Performed remotely with a team from the HP Partner Technology Access
Centre in London over a five week period, the testing was carried out on
HP ProLiant DL980 G7 servers with 8 Intel Xeon E7-4870, 2.4 GHz, 80 core
processors, configured with 512 GB of RAM.
“Software vendors are always offering statistics for TPS, throwing
around large numbers without accounting for what they class a
transaction as or how their test system was actually configured,”
said Maria Nottingham, CMO at Compass Plus. “Both Compass Plus and HP
are delighted with the performance results from the testing, especially
as they show the actual number of business transactions performed on a
test system close to a real-life production system. These results
clearly demonstrate that TranzAxis performs at a high level on such
servers as HP ProLiant DL980 G7.”
About HP ProLiant DL980 G7 servers
HP ProLiant DL980 G7, featuring HP's PREMA Architecture delivers the
balanced scaling, self-healing resiliency and breakthrough efficiency
needed to overcome the challenges of today's most demanding x86 compute
environments. Whether implementing a single and very large data
intensive, or many consolidated or virtualized workloads, the DL980 G7
server is an ideal platform to deploy and scale up Enterprise
About Compass Plus
Compass Plus provides comprehensive, integrated and flexible payment
software and services that help financial institutions meet rapidly
changing market demands. Our diverse customer base spans retail banks,
processing centres, national switches and personalisation centres in
dozens of countries across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North
and South America. With almost 20 years experience, Compass Plus helps
build and manage electronic payment systems that generate new revenues
and improve profits for its customers.