World Record SPECweb2005 Result on SPARC T3-2 with Oracle iPlanet Web Server

Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server running Oracle iPlanet Web Server middleware delivered a world record SPECweb2005 benchmark result of 113,857. Oracle's 2-socket SPARC is 9% faster than the fastest 2-socket x86-based competitive server and even 8% faster than the 4-socket HP x86-based server.

  • The SPARC T3-2 server with dual 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors using Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9 middleware delivered a world record result of 113857 on the SPECweb2005 benchmark.

  • This result demonstrates that the SPARC T3-2 running Oracle Solaris and Oracle iPlanet Web Server can support thousands of concurrent web server sessions and is an industry leader in web serving with a high performance and enterprise quality solution.

  • Oracle is the only SPECweb2005 benchmark sponsor who can demonstrate top performance using a commercially viable and production quality web serving solution with the Oracle iPlanet Web Server and the Oracle Solaris 10 operating system.

  • On the SPECweb2005 benchmark, the SPARC T3-2 server with two 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors is 8% faster than the latest Hewlett-Packard result that was just published on the HP ProLiant DL585 G7 with four 2.0 GHz AMD 6128HE processors.

  • On the SPECweb2005 benchmark, the SPARC T3-2 server with two 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors is 9% faster than the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S6 with two 3.3 GHz Intel X5680 processors.

  • On the SPECweb2005 benchmark, the SPARC T3-2 server with two 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors is 37% faster than the HP ProLiant DL370 G6 with two 3.2 GHz Intel W5580 processors.

  • On the Support workload of SPECweb2005, the SPARC T3-2 server with two 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors obtained a 41% higher score than the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S6 with two 3.3 GHz Intel X5680 processors.

  • The SPARC T3-2 server obtained 14.4 times the result of the 4-core IBM System p5 550 1.9 GHz POWER5+ system on the SPECweb2005 benchmark. There are no IBM POWER7 or POWER6 based system results published on the SPECweb2005 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

SPECweb2005 select results as of 8 December 2010. See the SPEC website for more. Information ordered by Result, bigger is better.

Server Processor OS SPECweb2005 Performance (\*) Web Server
Result Bank Ecom Supp
SPARC T3-2 2 x 1.65 T3 Solaris 113857 165024 160056 123840 iPlanet
HP DL585 G7 4 x 2.0 6128HE RedHat Linux 105586 168192 175104 88576 Rock
Fujitsu TX300 S6 2 x 3.33 X5680 RedHat Linux 104422 162000 177000 88000 Rock
Sun T5440 4 x 1.6 T2 Plus Solaris 100209 176500 133000 95000 Sun
Fujitsu TX300 S5 2 x 2.93 X5570 RedHat Linux 83198 106000 140000 86000 Rock
HP ML370 G6 2 x 3.2 W5580 RedHat Linux 83073 117120 142080 76352 Rock
HP DL370 G6 2 x 3.2 W5580 RedHat Linux 83073 117120 142080 76352 Rock
HP DL585 G5 4 x 3.1 Opt8393 RedHat Linux 71629 117504 123072 56320 Rock
IBM p5 550 2 x 1.9 POWER5+ SuSE Linux 7881 12240 11820 7500 Zeus

(\*) Metrics are
Result - SPECweb2005, overall metric
Bank - SPECweb2005_banking, Banking component metric
Ecom - SPECweb2005_ecommerce, ECommerce component metric
Supp - SPECweb2005_support, Support component metric

Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

1 SPARC T3-2 with
2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors
256 GB memory
2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
4 x Dual 10 GbE SFP+ PCIe LP
4 x 6 GB SAS PCIe HBA

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10
Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0.9
Java Platform, Standard Edition version 1.6.0_21-b06
Java Hotspot Server VM version 17.0-b16, mixed mode

Benchmark Description

SPECweb2005, successor to SPECweb99 and SPECweb99_SSL, is an industry standard benchmark for evaluating Web Server performance developed by SPEC. The benchmark simulates multiple user sessions accessing a Web Server and generating static and dynamic HTTP requests. The major features of SPECweb2005 are:

  • Measures simultaneous user sessions
  • Dynamic content: currently PHP and JSP implementations
  • Page images requested using 2 parallel HTTP connections
  • Multiple, standardized workloads: Banking (HTTPS), E-commerce (HTTP and HTTPS), and Support (HTTP)
  • Simulates browser caching effects
  • File accesses more accurately simulate today's disk access patterns

SPEC requires the server under test to support SSL Protocol V3 (SSLv3).

Of the various ciphers supported in SSLv3, cipher SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 is currently required for all workload components that use SSL. It was selected as one of the most commonly used SSLv3 ciphers and allows results to be directly compared to each other. SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5 consists of:

  • RSA public key (asymmetric) encryption with a 1024-bit key
  • RC4 symmetric encryption with a 128-bit key for bulk data encryption
  • MD5 digest algorithm with 128-bit output for the Message Authentication Code (MAC)

A compliant result must use the cipher suite listed above, and must employ the 1024 bit key for RSA public key encryption, 128-bit key for RC4 bulk data encryption, and have a 128-bit output for the Message Authentication code.

All Banking workload request to the server under test use SSL, where the Ecommerce workload requests are a mix of SSL and non-SSL. Non of the Support workload requests to server under test use SSL.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • When multiple 10 GbE Dual Port NICs are used, it is best practice to equally divide these NICs between PCI root nodes that are available.

  • Two web server instances was used. One web server instance was bound to a processor set with CPUs in the first processor chip. The other web server instance was bound to a processor set with CPUs in the second processor chip. The web server instance bound to CPUs in first processor chip was listening on the NIC IP addresses on that processor's chip PCI root node. The same was done with web server instance bound to CPUs in second processor chip. This was done to improve the locality of the processing.

  • Each web server is executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECweb are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results are from www.spec.org as of December 8, 2010 and this report. Oracle, SPARC T3-2, 113,857 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant DL585 G7, 105,586 SPECweb2005. Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S6, 104,422 SPECweb2005. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440, 100,209 SPECweb2005. Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S5, 83,198 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant ML370 G6, 83,073 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant DL370 G6, 83,073 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant DL585 G5, 71,629 SPECweb2005. IBM System p5 550, 7,881 SPECweb2005.

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