Sun Fire X2270 M2 Achieves Leading Single Node Results on ABAQUS Benchmark

Oracle's Sun Fire X2270 M2 server outperforms the best posted results running the ABAQUS/Standard Server Benchmark test suite on a single platform.
  • The Sun Fire X2270 M2 server performed up to 1.25 times faster than the previous generation Sun Fire X2270 server on the ABAQUS/Standard Server Benchmark test suite.

Performance Landscape

Comparisons below are against the top results found at the ABAQUS website. For the complete set of results, please go to the benchmark website.


ABAQUS/Standard Server Benchmark Test Suite (Single Platform)
Platform Cores Benchmark Problem
Results are total elapsed run time in seconds
S2a S4b S4d S6
Sun Fire X2270 M2 12 256 1033 730 1234

Sun Fire X2270 M2 8 313 1248 834 1340
Sun Fire X2270 8 319 1280 832 1360
HP BL460c G6 8 324 1309 843 1322
SGI XE340 8 332 1338 867 1348

Sun Fire X2270 M2 4 544 1981 1230 1794
Sun Fire X2270 4 546 1983 1210 1771
HP BL460c G6 4 561 2062 1234 1812
SGI XE340 4 548 2089 1232 1770

Ratio 8-core X2270: 12-core X2270 M2 1.25 1.24 1.14 1.10

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

Sun Fire X2270 M2
2 x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5670 processors
48 GB memory
4 x 24 GB striped SSDs

Sun Fire X2270
2 x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5570 processors
48 GB memory
2 x 24 GB internal striped SSDs

Software Configuration:

64-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP 3 (SP 2 for X2270)
ABAQUS Standard Module V6.9
ABAQUS Standard Benchmark Test Suite - Server test cases

Benchmark Description

ABAQUS/Standard server benchmark problems provide an estimate of the performance that can be expected when running the ABAQUS/Standard module. The tests include analysis of a flywheel with centrifugal loading (S2A), bolting a cylinder head onto an engine block (S4B & S4D), and determining the footprint on an automobile tire (S6).

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The memory requirements for the test cases in the ABAQUS/Standard server benchmark test suite are substantial with some of the test cases requiring over 20 GB of memory. There are two memory limit parameters one can set to tune performance. One is to control when out-of-core memory when be used. You want to tune this to avoid excessive use of the out-of-core algorithms. The other control concerns I/O. This control will minimize the amount of unneeded disk activity. These limits may be tuned before a full run by doing a preliminary diagnostic mode run.

  • The test cases for the ABAQUS standard module all have a substantial I/O component where 15% to 25% of the total run times are associated with I/O activity (primarily scratch files). Performance will be enhanced by using a high performance file system.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of Dassault Systemes, or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries: Simulia, ABAQUS, ABAQUS/Standard, ABAQUS/Explicit. All information on the ABAQUS website is Copyrighted 2004-2010 by Dassault Systemes. Results from http://www.simulia.com/support/v69/v69_performance.php as of June 28, 2010.

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