The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) announced the formation of a new Working Group (TPC-IoT), tasked with developing industry standard benchmarks for both hardware and software platforms associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).

The IoT ecosystem contains a complex mix of technologies and products from data collection and data curation to complex analytics. As the number of interconnected platforms continues to multiply, vendors and customers increasingly require an impartial means of comparing performance, cost-of-ownership and energy consumption across a widening array of hardware and software systems.

“The Internet of Things is revolutionizing the entire technology landscape, and impacts industries across all major sectors,” said Raghunath Nambiar, distinguished engineer at Cisco and elected chairman of the new TPC-IoT Working Group. “Analyst firm IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow to $1.7 trillion by the year 2020. To put that in perspective, only 16 economies in the world had gross domestic product exceeding $1 trillion in 2014. Formation of this Working Group is the first major step in bringing industry and the research community together – to develop a set of standardized workloads and metrics – which enable fair comparisons across technologies and products.”

“The TPC – with its lengthy history as one of the most respected standards bodies in the world – is perfectly positioned to develop such standards,” continued Nambiar. “Year after year, the TPC continues to introduce new Working Groups and define new metrics, to meet the needs of a continually evolving industry.”

Since 2009, the TPC’s annual Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking (TPCTC) has served as a forum for leading vendors and researchers to gather and identify innovative areas for benchmark research and development. The TPCTC has had a sustained impact on benchmark exploration, and past conferences have resulted in the creation of benchmark committees in Virtualization, Data Integration and Big Data. Most recently in 2014, IoT was identified as an area for benchmark development, prompting TPC-IoT’s formation.

The next TPCTC will be held on August 31, and will be collocated with VLDB 2015 in Kohala Coast, Hawai’i. Additional information is available online:

Organizations interested in influencing the benchmarking development process, including benchmarks related to the IoT, are encouraged to attend the TPCTC and to become members of the TPC. Membership information is available online.

About the TPC

The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. The TPC currently has 22 full members: Actian, Cisco, Cloudera, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Intel, Lenovo, MapR, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Pivotal, Red Hat, SAP, Teradata, Unisys and VMware; and five associate members: ITOM International Co, the China Academy of Information and Communication Technology, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Telecommunications Technology Association and the University of Coimbra.