SPARC T3-2 sets World Record on SPECjvm2008 Benchmark

World Record SPECjvm2008 Result

Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server equipped with two SPARC T3 processors running at 1.65 GHz delivered a World Record result of 320.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m on the SPECjvm2008 benchmark.
  • The SPARC T3-2 server demonstrates better performance than servers equipped with 2 Intel Xeon processors.

  • This result was produced using Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle JDK 6 Update 21 Performance Release.

  • There are no SPECjvm2008 results published by IBM on POWER7 based systems.

  • The SPARC T3-2 server demonstrates Oracle's position of leadership in Java-based computing by publishing world record results for the SPECjvm2008 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPECjvm2008 website.

SPECjvm2008 Performance Chart
(ordered by performance)
System Processors Performance
base peak
SPARC T3-2 2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 - 320.52
Sun Blade X6270 2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 317.13 -
Sun Fire X4450 4 x 2.66 GHz Intel X7450 283.79 -
Sun Fire X4450 4 x 2.93 GHz Intel X7350 260.08 -

base: SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m (bigger is better)
peak: SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m (bigger is better)

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T3-2 server
2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors
256 GB memory

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10
Java Platform, Standard Edition, JDK 6 Update 21 Performance Release

Benchmark Description

SPECjvm2008 (Java Virtual Machine Benchmark) is a benchmark suite for measuring the performance of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), containing several real life applications and benchmarks focusing on core java functionality. The suite focuses on the performance of the JRE executing a single application; it reflects the performance of the hardware processor and memory subsystem, but has low dependence on file I/O and includes no network I/O across machines.

The SPECjvm2008 workload mimics a variety of common general purpose application computations. These characteristics reflect the intent that this benchmark will be applicable to measuring basic Java performance on a wide variety of both client and server systems.

SPEC also finds user experience of Java important, and the suite, therefore, includes startup benchmarks and has a required run category called base, which must be run without any tuning of the JVM to improve the out of the box performance.

SPECjvm2008 benchmark highlights:

  • Leverages real life applications (like derby, sunflow, and javac) and area-focused benchmarks (like xml, serialization, crypto, and scimark).
  • Also measures the performance of the operating system and hardware in the context of executing the JRE.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and SPECjvm are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org and this report as of 9/16/2010. SPARC T3-2 320.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m, Sun Blade X6270 317.13 SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m.

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