NEW YORK, NY, May 10, 2004 -- Thomson Financial, an operating unit of The Thomson Corporation (TSX: TOC, NYSE: TOC) and leading provider of information and technology solutions to the worldwide financial community, today reported that the PORTIA portfolio management system can support database sizes and users far greater than any current customer environment and has significant room for growth, based on a benchmark test on Intel® Itanium® 2 processor and Intel® Xeon™ processor-based servers.

Thomson Financial established a benchmark for performance and scalability for PORTIA's transaction processing and reporting over a typical 24-hour period. The study sought to understand PORTIA's ability to scale and perform on the latest commercially available Intel Xeon processors and in Itanium 2 processors running on Microsoft SQL Server. The ability of PORTIA to process large volumes of data was conclusively demonstrated to be far greater than any implementation of PORTIA in use today, scaling up to 300 concurrent users.

PORTIA also responded well to stress testing, both in batch mode and through interactive processing. Using a database holding over 44 million active transaction records for the testing, PORTIA proved efficient in supporting transaction processing ensuring clients complete confidence in getting the job done both day and night. In addition, PORTIA proved scalable in a "typical client" environment on Microsoft SQL Server selected for the benchmark test.

"The objective of the study was to gauge how PORTIA performs on the latest Intel server architectures and to assist our clients in making important strategic decisions concerning their hardware platforms supporting PORTIA," said Ken Wagner, chief operating officer, Global Transactions Services, Thomson Financial. "In short, we collaborated with Intel to prove scalability both in terms of the size of the database and number of operators logged in. By testing this hardware/software configuration we were able to show that the processing power available in contemporary servers is more than acceptable for current clients, while providing plenty of spare capacity to allow for future growth both in number of users and size of database," said Wagner.

"With PORTIA running on a flexible and scalable Itanium 2 architecture, businesses will be better able to integrate real-time data into their transactions and reporting activities while they invest in modernizing their technology infrastructure," said Mark Stahl, global financial services industry solutions manager at Intel. "Intel is pleased to work with Thomson to deliver solution performance innovations that help financial services firms meet their business growth needs."

PORTIA is the investment industry's most powerful and comprehensive portfolio management system, automating the trading, analysis and operations of money manager in more than 40 countries. PORTIA gives users the benefit of real-time trade updates and powerful calculation logic for portfolio management reporting and pre-to-post trade compliance.

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