SPECcpu2006 Results On MSeries Servers With Updated SPARC64 VII Processors

The SPEC CPU2006 benchmarks were run on the new 2.88 GHz and 2.53 GHz SPARC64 VII processors for the Sun SPARC Enterprise Mseries servers. The new processors were tested in the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000, M8000, M9000 servers.


  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server running the new 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII processors beats the IBM Power 595 server running 5.0 GHz POWER6 processors by 20% on the SPECint_rate2006 benchmark.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server running the new 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII processors beats the IBM Power 595 server running 5.0 GHz POWER6 processors by 29% on the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 64 SPARC64 VII 2.88GHz processors delivered results of 2590 SPECint_rate2006 and 2100 SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 64 SPARC64 VII processors at 2.88GHz improves performance vs. 2.52 GHz by 13% for SPECint_rate2006 and 5% for SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 32 SPARC64 VII 2.88GHz processors delivered results of 1450 SPECint_rate2006 and 1250 SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 32 SPARC64 VII processors at 2.88GHz improves performance vs. 2.52 GHz by 17% for SPECint_rate2006 and 13% for SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 server with 16 SPARC64 VII 2.88GHz processors delivered results of 753 SPECint_rate2006 and 666 SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 server with 16 SPARC64 VII processors at 2.88GHz improves performance vs. 2.52 GHz by 18% for SPECint_rate2006 and 14% for SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server with 8 SPARC64 VII 2.53GHz processors delivered results of 296 SPECint_rate2006 and 234 SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server with 8 SPARC64 VII processors at 2.53GHz improves performance vs. 2.40 GHz by 12% for SPECint_rate2006 and 5% for SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with 4 SPARC64 VII 2.53GHz processors delivered results of 152 SPECint_rate2006 and 116 SPECfp_rate2006.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with 4 SPARC64 VII processors at 2.53GHz improves performance vs. 2.40 GHz by 13% for SPECint_rate2006 and 4% for SPECfp_rate2006.

Performance Landscape

SPEC CPU2006 Performance Charts - bigger is better, selected results, please see www.spec.org for complete results. All results as of 10/07/09.

In the tables below
"Base" = SPECint_rate_base2006 or SPECfp_rate_base2006
"Peak" = SPECint_rate2006 or SPECfp_rate2006

SPECint_rate2006 results - large systems

System Processors Base
Copies
Performance Results Comments
Cores/
Chips
Type GHz Base Peak
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth 1024/512 Itanium 2 1.6 1020 9031 na
Sun Blade X6440 Cluster 768/192 Opteron 8384 2.7 705 8845 na
SGI Altix 4700 Density 256/128 Itanium 2 1.66 256 2893 3354
vSMP Foundation 128/32 Xeon X5570 2.93 255 3147 na
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth 256/128 Itanium 2 1.6 256 2715 2971
SPARC Enterprise M9000 256/64 SPARC64 VII 2.88 511 2400 2590 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 256/64 SPARC64 VII 2.52 511 2088 2288
IBM Power 595 64/32 POWER6 5.0 128 1866 2155
HP Superdome 128/64 Itanium 2 1.6 128 1534 1648
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/32 SPARC64 VII 2.88 255 1370 1450 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/64 SPARC64 VI 2.4 255 1111 1294
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/32 SPARC64 VI 2.52 255 1141 1240
Unisys ES7000 96/16 Xeon X7460 2.66 96 999 1049
SGI Altix ICE 8200EX 32/8 Xeon X5570 2.93 64 931 999
IBM Power 575 32/16 POWER6 4.7 64 812 934
IBM Power 570 32/16 POWER6+ 4.2 64 661 832
SPARC Enterprise M8000 64/16 SPARC64 VII 2.88 127 706 753 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 64/32 SPARC64 VI 2.4 127 553 650
SPARC Enterprise M8000 64/16 SPARC64 VII 2.52 127 565 637

SPECint_rate2006 results - small systems

System Processors Base
Copies
Performance Results Comments
Cores/
Chips
Type GHz Base Peak
Sun Fire X4440 24/4 Opteron 8435 SE 2.6 24 296 377
SPARC Enterprise M5000 32/8 SPARC64 VII 2.53 64 267 296 New
Sun Blade X6440 16/4 Opteron 8389 2.9 16 226 292
HP ProLiant BL680c G5 24/4 Xeon E7458 2.4 24 247 268
SPARC Enterprise M5000 32/8 SPARC64 VII 2.4 63 232 264
IBM Power 550 8/4 POWER6+ 5.0 16 215 263
Sun Fire X2270 8/2 Xeon X5570 2.93 16 223 260
SPARC Enterprise T5240 16/2 UltraSPARC T2 Plus 1.6 127 171 183
SPARC Enterprise M4000 16/4 SPARC64 VII 2.53 32 136 152 New
SPARC Enterprise M4000 16/4 SPARC64 VII 2.4 32 118 135

SPECfp_rate2006 results - large systems

System Processors Base
Copies
Performance Results Comments
Cores/
Chips
Type GHz Base Peak
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth 1024/512 Itanium 2 1.6 1020 10583 na
SGI Altix 4700 Density 1024/512 Itanium 2 1.66 1020 10580 na
Sun Blade X6440 Cluster 768/192 Opteron 8384 2.7 705 6502 na
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth 256/128 Itanium 2 1.6 256 3419 3507
ScaleMP vSMP Foundation 128/32 Xeon X5570 2.93 255 2553 na
IBM Power 595 64/32 POWER6 5.0 128 1681 2184
IBM Power 595 64/32 POWER6 5.0 128 1822 2108
SPARC Enterprise M9000 256/64 SPARC64 VII 2.88 511 1930 2100 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 256/64 SPARC64 VII 2.52 511 1861 2005
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth 128/64 Itanium 2 1.66 128 1832 1947
HP Superdome 128/64 Itanium 2 1.6 128 1422 1479
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/32 SPARC64 VII 2.88 255 1190 1250 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/64 SPARC64 VI 2.4 255 1160 1225
SPARC Enterprise M9000 128/32 SPARC64 VII 2.52 255 1059 1110
IBM Power 575 32/16 POWER6 4.7 64 730 839
SPARC Enterprise M8000 64/16 SPARC64 VII 2.88 127 616 666 New
SPARC Enterprise M9000 64/32 SPARC64 VI 2.52 127 588 636
IBM Power 570 32/16 POWER6+ 4.2 64 517 602
SPARC Enterprise M8000 64/32 SPARC64 VI 2.4 127 538 582

SPECfp_rate2006 results - small systems

System Processors Base
Copies
Performance Results Comments
Cores/
Chips
Type GHz Base Peak
Supermicro H8QM8-2 24/4 Opteron 8435 SE 2.8 24 261 287
SPARC Enterprise T5440 32/4 UltraSPARC T2 Plus 1.6 255 254 270
IBM Power 560 16/8 POWER6+ 3.6 32 226 263
SPARC Enterprise M5000 32/8 SPARC64 VII 2.53 64 218 234 New
SPARC Enterprise M5000 32/8 SPARC64 VII 2.4 63 208 223
IBM Power 550 8/4 POWER6+ 5.0 16 188 222
ASUS Z8PE-D18 8/2 Xeon X5570 2.93 16 197 203
SPARC Enterprise T5240 16/2 UltraSPARC T2 Plus 1.6 127 124 133
SPARC Enterprise M4000 16/4 SPARC64 VII 2.53 32 111 116 New
SPARC Enterprise M4000 16/4 SPARC64 VII 2.4 32 107 112

Results and Configuration Summary

Test Configurations:

Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
64 x 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII
1152 GB (448 x 2GB + 64 x 4GB)
Solaris 10 5/09
Sun Studio 12 Update 1

Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
32 x 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII
704 GB (160 x 2GB + 96 x 4GB)
Solaris 10 5/09
Sun Studio 12 Update 1

Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000
16 x 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII
512 GB (128 x 4GB)
Solaris 10 10/09
Sun Studio 12 Update 1

Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000
8 x 2.53 GHz SPARC64 VII
128 GB (64 x 2GB)
Solaris 10 10/09
Sun Studio 12 Update 1

Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000
4 x 2.53 GHz SPARC64 VII
32 GB (32 x 1GB)
Solaris 10 10/09
Sun Studio 12 Update 1

Results Summary:

M9000 M9000 M8000 M5000 M4000
SPECint_rate_base2006 2400 1370 706 267 136
SPECint_rate2006 2590 1450 753 296 152
SPECfp_rate_base2006 1930 1190 616 218 111
SPECfp_rate2006 2100 1250 666 234 116
SPECint_base2006 - - 12.4 - 12.1
SPECint2006 - - 13.6 - 12.9
SPECfp_base2006 - - 15.6 - 13.3
SPECfp2006 - - 16.5 - 13.9
SPECfp2006 - autopar - - 28.2 - -
SPECfp2006 - autopar - - 33.9 - -

Benchmark Description

SPEC CPU2006 is SPEC's most popular benchmark, with over 8000 results published in the three years since it was introduced. It measures:

  • "Speed" - single copy performance of chip, memory, compiler
  • "Rate" - multiple copy (throughput)

The rate metrics are used for the throughput-oriented systems described on this page. These metrics include:

  • SPECint_rate2006: throughput for 12 integer benchmarks derived from real applications such as perl, gcc, XML processing, and pathfinding
  • SPECfp_rate2006: throughput for 17 floating point benchmarks derived from real applications, including chemistry, physics, genetics, and weather.

There are "base" variants of both the above metrics that require more conservative compilation, such as using the same flags for all benchmarks.

Key Points and Best Practices

Result on this page for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server were measured on a Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise M9000. The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 and Fujitsu SPARC Enterprise M9000 are electronically equivalent. Results for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000, M4000 and M5000 were measured on those systems. The similarly named Fujitsu sytems are electronically equivalent.

Use the latest compiler. The Sun Studio group is always working to improve the compiler. Sun Studio 12 Update 1, which are used in these submissions, provides updated code generation for a wide variety of SPARC and x86 implementations.

I/O still counts. Even in a CPU-intensive workload, some I/O remains. This point is explored in some detail at http://blogs.sun.com/jhenning/entry/losing_my_fear_of_zfs.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC, SPECint, SPECfp reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive results from www.spec.org as of 7 October 2009. Sun's new results quoted on this page have been submitted to SPEC. Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 2400 SPECint_rate_base2006, 2590 SPECint_rate2006, 1930 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 2100 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (32 chips) 1370 SPECint_rate_base2006, 1450 SPECint_rate2006, 1190 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 1250 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 706 SPECint_rate_base2006, 753 SPECint_rate2006, 616 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 666 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 267 SPECint_rate_base2006, 296 SPECint_rate2006, 218 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 234 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 136 SPECint_rate_base2006, 152 SPECint_rate2006, 111 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 116 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (2.52GHz) 2088 SPECint_rate_base2006, 2288 SPECint_rate2006, 1860 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 2010 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (32 chips 2.52GHz) 1140 SPECint_rate_base2006, 1240 SPECint_rate2006, 1060 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 1110 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 (2.52GHz) 565 SPECint_rate_base2006, 637 SPECint_rate2006, 538 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 582 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 (2.4GHz) 232 SPECint_rate_base2006, 264 SPECint_rate2006, 208 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 223 SPECfp_rate2006; Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 (2.4GHz) 118 SPECint_rate_base2006, 135 SPECint_rate2006, 107 SPECfp_rate_base2006, 112 SPECfp_rate2006; IBM Power 595 1866 SPECint_rate_base2006, 2155 SPECint_rate2006,

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