Thursday Dec 02, 2010

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.

Monday Oct 11, 2010

Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server Delivers World Record Non-Clustered TPC-H @3000GB Performance

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server delivered a single-system TPC-H 3000GB world record performance. The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on the Oracle Solaris operating system proves the power of Oracle's integrated solution.

  • Oracle beats IBM Power with better performance and price/performance (3 Year TCO). This shows that Oracle's focus on integrated system design provides more customer value than IBM's focus on "per core performance"!

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 27% faster than the IBM Power 595.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 22% faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 26% lower than the IBM Power 595 for price/performance.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 2.7 times faster than the IBM Power 595 for data loading.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 2.3 times faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 for data loading.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 2.6 times faster than the IBM p595 for Refresh Function.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is 3 times faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 for Refresh Function.

  • Oracle used Storage Redundancy Level 3 as defined by the TPC-H 2.12.0 specification, which is the highest level. IBM is the only other vendor to secure the storage to this level.

  • One should focus on the performance of the complete hardware and software stack since server implementation details such as the number of cores or the number of threads will obscure the important metrics of delivered system performance and system price/performance.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server configured with SPARC VII processors, Sun Storage 6180 arrays, and running Oracle Solaris 10 operating system combined with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved World Record TPC-H performance of 198,907.5 QphH@3000GB for non-clustered systems.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server is over three times faster than the HP Itanium2 Superdome.

  • The Sun Storage 6180 array configuration (a total of 16 6180 arrays) in this benchmark delivered IO performance of over 21 GB/sec Sequential Read performance as measured by the vdbench tool.

  • This TPC-H result demonstrates that the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server can handle the increasingly large databases required of DSS systems. The server delivered more than 18 GB/sec of real IO throughput as measured by the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 software.

  • Both Oracle and IBM had the same level of hardware discounting as allowed by TPC rules to provide a effective comparison of price/performance.

  • IBM has not shown any delivered I/O performance results for the high-end IBM POWER7 systems. In addition, they have not delivered any commercial benchmarks (TPC-C, TPC-H, etc.) which have heavy I/O demands.

Performance Landscape

TPC-H @3000GB, Non-Clustered Systems

System
CPU type
Memory
Composite
(QphH)
$/perf
($/QphH)
Power
(QppH)
Throughput
(QthH)
Database Available
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
2.88GHz SPARC64 VII
512GB
198,907.5 $15.27 182,350.7 216,967.7 Oracle 12/09/10
HP ProLiant DL980 G7
2.27GHz Intel Xeon X7560
512GB
162,601.7 $2.68 185,297.7 142,601.7 SQL Server 10/13/10
IBM Power 595
5.0GHz POWER6
512GB
156,537.3 $20.60 142,790.7 171,607.4 Sybase 11/24/09
Unisys ES7000 7600R
2.6GHz Intel Xeon
1024GB
102,778.2 $21.05 120,254.8 87,841.4 SQL Server 05/06/10
HP Integrity Superdome
1.6GHz Intel Itanium
256GB
60,359.3 $32.60 80,838.3 45,068.3 SQL Server 05/21/07

QphH = the Composite Metric (bigger is better)
$/QphH = the Price/Performance metric (smaller is better)
QppH = the Power Numerical Quantity
QthH = the Throughput Numerical Quantity

Complete benchmark results found at the TPC benchmark website http://www.tpc.org.

Configuration Summary and Results

Server:

Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
32 x SPARC VII 2.88 GHz processors
512 GB memory
4 x internal SAS (4 x 300 GB)

External Storage:

16 x Sun Storage 6180 arrays (16x 16 x 300 GB)

Software:

Operating System: Oracle Solaris 10 10/09
Database: Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition

Audited Results:

Database Size: 3000 GB (Scale Factor 3000)
TPC-H Composite: 198,907.5 QphH@3000GB
Price/performance: $15.27/QphH@3000GB
Available: 12/09/2010
Total 3 year Cost: $3,037,900
TPC-H Power: 182,350.7
TPC-H Throughput: 216,967.7
Database Load Time: 3:40:11

Benchmark Description

The TPC-H benchmark is a performance benchmark established by the Transaction Processing Council (TPC) to demonstrate Data Warehousing/Decision Support Systems (DSS). TPC-H measurements are produced for customers to evaluate the performance of various DSS systems. These queries and updates are executed against a standard database under controlled conditions. Performance projections and comparisons between different TPC-H Database sizes (100GB, 300GB, 1000GB, 3000GB and 10000GB) are not allowed by the TPC.

TPC-H is a data warehousing-oriented, non-industry-specific benchmark that consists of a large number of complex queries typical of decision support applications. It also includes some insert and delete activity that is intended to simulate loading and purging data from a warehouse. TPC-H measures the combined performance of a particular database manager on a specific computer system.

The main performance metric reported by TPC-H is called the TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric (QphH@SF, where SF is the number of GB of raw data, referred to as the scale factor). QphH@SF is intended to summarize the ability of the system to process queries in both single and multi user modes. The benchmark requires reporting of price/performance, which is the ratio of QphH to total HW/SW cost plus 3 years maintenance.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The Sun Storage 6180 array showed good scalability and these sixteen 6180 arrays showed over 21 GB/sec Sequential Read performance as measured by the vdbench tool.
  • Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 required little system tuning.
  • The optimal 6180 configuration for the benchmark was to set up 1 disk per volume instead of multiple disks per volume and let Oracle Solaris Volume Manager (SVM) mirror. Presenting as many volumes as possible to Oracle database gave the highest scan rate.

  • The storage was managed by SVM with 1MB stripe size to match with Oracle's database IO size. The default 16K stripe size is just too small for this DSS benchmark.

  • All the Oracle files, except TEMP tablespace, were mirrored under SVM. Eight 6180 arrays (128 disks) were mirrored to another 8 6180 arrays using 128-way stripe. IO performance was good and balanced across all the disks with a round robin order. Read performance was the same with mirror or without mirror. With the SVM mirror the benchmark passed the ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durablity) test.

  • Oracle tables were 128-way partitioned and parallel degree for each table was set to 128 because the system had 128 cores. This setting worked the best for performance.

  • CPU usage during the Power run was not so high. This is because parallel degree was set to 128 for the tables and indexes so it utilized 128 vcpus for the most of the queries but the system had 256 vcpus.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 198,907.5 QphH@3000GB, $15.27/QphH@3000GB, avail 12/09/10, IBM Power 595 QphH@3000GB, 156,537.3 QphH@3000GB, $20.60/QphH@3000GB, avail 11/24/09, HP Integrity Superdome 60,359.3 QphH@3000GB, $32.60/QphH@3000GB avail 06/18/07, TPC-H, QphH, $/QphH tm of Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). More info www.tpc.org.

Wednesday Apr 14, 2010

Oracle Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array Delivers World Record SPC-1C Performance

Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record performance on the SPC-1C benchmark. The SPC-1C benchmark shows the advantage of Oracle's FlashFire technology.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record SPC-1C performance of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array requires half the rack space of the of the next best result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered nearly seven times better SPC-1C IOPS performance than the next best SPC-1C result, the IBM System Storage EXP12S with 8 SSDs.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered the world record SPC-1C LRT (response time) performance of 330 microseconds, and a full load response time of 2.63 milliseconds, which is over 2.5x better than the IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C result.

  • Compared to the IBM result, the Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered 2.7x better access density (SPC-1C IOPS/ ASU GB), 3.9x better price/performance (TSC/ SPC-1C IOPS) and 31% better tested $/GB (TSC/ ASU) as part of these SPC-1C benchmark results.

  • The Sun Storage F5100 flash array delivered world record SPC-1C performance using the SPC-1C workload driven by the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server. This type of workload is similar to database acceleration workloads where the storage is used as a low-latency cache. Typically these applications do not require data protection.

Performance Landscape

System SPC-1C
IOPS
ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Data
Protection
Level
LRT
Response
(usecs)
Access
Density
Price
/Perf
$/GB Identifier
Sun F5100 300,873.47 1374.390 $151,381 unprotected 330 218.9 $0.50 110.1 C00010
IBM EXP12S 45,000.20 547.610 $87,486 unprotected 460 82.2 $1.94 159.8 E00001

SPC-1C IOPS – SPC-1C performance metric, bigger is better
ASU Capacity – Application storage unit capacity (in GB)
TSC – Total price of tested storage configuration, smaller is better
Data Protection Level – Data protection level used in benchmark
LRT Response (usecs) – Average response time (microseconds) of the 10% BSU load level test run, smaller is better
Access Density – Derived metric of SPC-1C IOPS / ASU GB, bigger is better
Price/Perf – Derived metric of TSC / SPC-1C IOPS, smaller is better
$/GB – Derived metric of TSC / ASU, smaller is better
Identifier – The SPC-1C submission identifier

Results and Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

1 x Sun Storage F5100 flash array with 80 FMODs

Hardware Configuration:

1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server
16 x StorageTek PCIe SAS Host Bus Adapter, 8 Port

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10
SPC-1C benchmark kit

Benchmark Description

SPC-1C is the first SPC component-level benchmark applicable across a broad range of storage component products such as disk drives, host bus adapters (HBAs) intelligent enclosures, and storage software such as Logical Volume Managers. SPC-1C utilizes an identical workload as SPC-1, which is designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage component product while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.

SPC-1C configurations consist of one or more HBAs/Controllers and one of the following storage device configurations:

  • One, two, or four storage devices in a stand alone configuration. An external enclosure may be used but only to provide power and/or connectivity for the storage devices.

  • A "Small Storage Subsystem" configured in no larger than a 4U enclosure profile (1 - 4U, 2 - 2U, 4 - 1U, etc.).

Key Points and Best Practices

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-1C, SPC-1C IOPS, SPC-1C LRT are trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC), see www.storageperformance.org for more information. Sun Storage F5100 flash array SPC-1C submission identifier C00010 results of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 1374.390 GB using unprotected data protection, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.33 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 2.63 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $151,381. This compares with IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C/E Submission identifier E00001 results of 45,000.20 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 547.61 GB using unprotected data protection level, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.46 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 6.95 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $87,468.

The Sun Storage F5100 flash array is a 1RU (1.75") array. The IBM System Storage EXP12S is a 2RU (3.5") array.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

SPECweb2005 on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 World Record using Solaris Containers and Sun Storage F5100 Flash

The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server with 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus with Solaris Containers, Sun Flash Open Storage, and Sun JAVA System Web Server 7.0 Update 5 achieved World Record SPECweb2005.
  • Sun has obtained a World Record SPECweb2005 performance result of 100,209 SPECweb2005 on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440, running Solaris 10 10/09 Sun JAVA System Web Server 7.0 Update 5, and Java Hotspot™ Server VM.

  • This result demonstrates performance leadership of the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server and its scalability, by using Solaris Containers to consolidate multiple web serving environments, and Sun OpenStorage Flash technology to store large datasets for fast data retrieval.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 delivers 21% greater SPECweb2005 performance than the HP DL370 G6 with 3.2GHz Xeon W5580 processors.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 delivers 40% greater SPECweb2005 performance than the HP DL 585 G5 with four 3.114 GHz Opteron 8393 SE processors.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 delivers 2x the SPECweb2005 performance of the HP DL 580 G5 with four 2.66GHz Xeon X7460 processors.

  • There are no IBM Power6 results on the SPECweb2005 benchmark.

  • This benchmark result clearly demonstrates that the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 running Solaris 10 10/09 and Sun Java System Webserver 7.0 Update 5 can support thousands of concurrent web server sessions and is an industry leader in web serving with a Sun solution.

Performance Landscape

Server

Processor

SPECweb2005

Banking\*

Ecomm\*

Support\*

Webserver

OS

Sun T5440

4x 1.6 T2 Plus

100,209

176,500

133,000

95,000

Java WebServer

Solaris

HP DL370 G6

2x 3.2 W5580

83,073

117,120

142,080

76,352

Rock

RedHat
Linux

HP DL585 G5

4x 3.11 O8393

71,629

117,504

123,072

56,320

Rock

RedHat
Linux

HP DL580 G5

4x 2.66 X7460

50,013

97,632

69,600

40,800

Rock

RedHat
Linux

\* Banking - SPECweb2005-Banking
   Ecomm - SPECweb2005-Ecommerce
   Support - SPECweb2005-Support

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

  1 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 with

  • 4 x UltraSPARC T2 Processor 8 core, 64 threads, 1.6 GHz
  • 254 GB memory
  • 6 x 4Gb PCI Express 8-Port Host Adapter (SG-XPCIE8SAS-E-Z)
  • 1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (TA5100RASA4-80AA)
  • 1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (TA5100RASA4-40AA)

Server Software Configuration:

  • Solaris 10 10/09
  • JAVA System Web Server 7.0 Update 5
  • Java Hotspot™ Server VM

Network configuration:

  • 1 x Arista DCS-7124s 24-10GbE port  switch
  • 1 x Cisco 2970 series (WS-C2970G-24TS-E) switch for the three 1 GbE networks

Back-end Simulator:

  1 Sun Fire X4270 with

  • 2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 Quad core
  • 48GB memory
  • Solaris 10 10/09
  • JSWS 7.0 Update 5
  • Java Hotspot™ Server VM

Clients:

  8 Sun Blade™ T6320

  • 1 x 1.417 GHz UltraSPARC-T2
  • 64 GB memory
  • Solaris 10 5/09
  • Java Hotspot™ Server VM

  8 Sun Blade™ 6270

  • 2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 Quad core
  • 36 GB memory
  • Solaris 10 5/09
  • Java Hotspot™ Server VM

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

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The server was divided into four Solaris Containers and a single web server instance was executed in each container.
  • Four processor sets were created (with varying numbers of threads depending on the workload) to run the web server in. This was done to reduce memory access latency using the physical memory closest to the processor.  All interrupts were run on the remaining threads.
  • Each web server is executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • Two Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays (holding the target file set and logs) were shared by the four containers  for fast data retrieval.   
  • Use of Solaris Containers highlights the consolidation of multiple web serving environments on a single server.
  • Use of the Sun Ext I/O Expansion unit and Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays highlight the expandability of the server.

    Disclosure Statement

    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (8 cores, 1 chip) 100209 SPECweb2005, was submitted to SPEC for review on October 13, 2009.  HP ProLiant DL370 G6 (8 cores, 2 chips) 83,073 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant DL585 G5 (16 cores, 4 chips) 71,629 SPECweb2005. HP ProLiant DL580 G5 (24 cores, 4 chips) 50,013 SPECweb2005. SPEC, SPECweb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of Oct 10, 2009.

    Monday Oct 12, 2009

    SPC-2 Sun Storage 6180 Array RAID 5 & RAID 6 Over 70% Better Price Performance than IBM

    Significance of Results

    Results on the Sun Storage 6180 Array with 8Gb connectivity are presented for the SPC-2 benchmark using RAID 5 and RAID 6.
    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array outperforms the IBM DS5020 by 77% in price performance for SPC-2 benchmark using RAID 5 data protection.

    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array outperforms the IBM DS5020 by 91% in price performance for SPC-2 benchmark using RAID 6 data protection.

    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array is 50% faster than the previous generation, the Sun Storage 6140 Array and IBM DS4700 on the SPC-2 benchmark using RAID 5 data protection.

    Performance Landscape

    SPC-2 Performance Chart (in increasing price-performance order)

    Sponsor System SPC-2 MBPS $/SPC-2 MBPS ASU Capacity (GB) TSC Price Data Protection Level Date Results Identifier
    Sun SS6180 1,286.74 $45.47 3,504.693 $58,512 RAID 6 10/08/09 B00044
    IBM DS5020 1,286.74 $87.04 3,504.693 $112,002 RAID 6 10/08/09 B00042
    Sun SS6180 1,244.89 $42.53 3,504.693 $52,951 RAID 5 10/08/09 B00043
    IBM DS5020 1,244.89 $75.30 3,504.693 $93,742 RAID 5 10/08/09 B00041
    Sun J4400 887.44 $25.63 23,965.918 $22,742 unprotected 08/15/08 B00034
    IBM DS4700 823.62 $106.73 1,748.874 $87,903 RAID 5 04/01/08 B00028
    Sun ST6140 790.67 $67.82 1,675.037 $53,622 RAID 5 02/13/07 B00017
    Sun ST2540 735.62 $37.32 2,177.548 $27,451 RAID 5 04/10/07 B00021
    IBM DS3400 731.25 $34.36 1,165.933 $25,123 RAID 5 02/27/08 B00027
    Sun ST2530 672.05 $26.15 1,451.699 $17,572 RAID 5 08/16/07 B00026
    Sun J4200 548.80 $22.92 11,995.295 $12,580 Unprotected 07/10/08 B00033

    SPC-2 MBPS = the Performance Metric
    $/SPC-2 MBPS = the Price/Performance Metric
    ASU Capacity = the Capacity Metric
    Data Protection = Data Protection Metric
    TSC Price = Total Cost of Ownership Metric
    Results Identifier = A unique identification of the result Metric

    Complete SPC-2 benchmark results may be found at http://www.storageperformance.org.

    Results and Configuration Summary

    Storage Configuration:

      30 146.8GB 15K RPM drives (for RAID 5)
      36 146.8GB 15K RPM drives (for RAID 6)
      4 Qlogic HBA

    Server Configuration:

      IBM system x3850 M2

    Software Configuration:

      MS Win 2003 Server SP2
      SPC-2 benchmark kit

    Benchmark Description

    The SPC Benchmark-2™ (SPC-2) is a series of related benchmark performance tests that simulate the sequential component of demands placed upon on-line, non-volatile storage in server class computer systems. SPC-2 provides measurements in support of real world environments characterized by:
    • Large numbers of concurrent sequential transfers.
    • Demanding data rate requirements, including requirements for real time processing.
    • Diverse application techniques for sequential processing.
    • Substantial storage capacity requirements.
    • Data persistence requirements to ensure preservation of data without corruption or loss.

    Key Points and Best Practices

    • This benchmark was performed using RAID 5 and RAID 6 protection.
    • The controller stripe size was set to 512k.
    • No volume manager was used.

    See Also

    Disclosure Statement

    SPC-2, SPC-2 MBPS, $/SPC-2 MBPS are regular trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC). More info www.storageperformance.org. Sun Storage 6180 Array 1,286.74 SPC-2 MBPS, $/SPC-2 MBPS $45.47, ASU Capacity 3,504.693 GB, Protect RAID 6, Cost $58,512.00, Ident. B00044. Sun Storage 6180 Array 1,244.89 SPC-2 MBPS, $/SPC-2 MBPS $42.53, ASU Capacity 3,504.693 GB, Protect RAID 5, Cost $52,951.00, Ident. B00043.

    SPC-1 Sun Storage 6180 Array Over 70% Better Price Performance than IBM

    Significance of Results

    Results on the Sun Storage 6180 Array with 8Gb connectivity are presented for the SPC-1 benchmark.
    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array outperforms the IBM DS5020 by 72% in price performance on the SPC-1 benchmark.

    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array is 50% faster than the previous generation, Sun Storage 6140 Array and IBM DS4700 on the SPC-1 benchmark.

    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array betters the HDS 2100 by 27% in price performance on the SPC-1 benchmark.

    • The Sun Storage 6180 Array has 16% better IOPS/Drive performance than the HDS 2100 on the SPC-1 benchmark.

    Performance Landscape

    SPC-1 Performance Chart (in increasing price-performance order)

    Sponsor System SPC-1 IOPS $/SPC-1 IOPS ASU
    Capacity
    (GB)
    TSC Price Data
    Protection
    Level
    Date Results
    Identifier
    HDS AMD 2300 42,502.61 $6.96 7,955.000 $295,740 Mirroring 3/24/09 A00077
    HDS AMD 2100 31,498.58 $5.85 3,967.500 $187,321 Mirroring 3/24/09 A00076
    Sun SS6180 (8Gb) 26,090.03 $4.70 5,145.060 $122,623 Mirroring 10/09/09 A00084
    IBM DS5020 (8Gb) 26,090.03 $8.08 5,145.060 $210,782 Mirroring 8/25/09 A00081
    Fujitsu DX80 19,492.86 $3.45 5,355.400 $67,296 Mirroring 9/14/09 A00082
    Sun STK6140 (4Gb) 17,395.53 $4.93 1,963.269 $85,823 Mirroring 10/16/06 A00048
    IBM DS4700 (4Gb) 17,195.84 $11.67 1,963.270 $200,666 Mirroring 8/21/06 A00046

    SPC-1 IOPS = the Performance Metric
    $/SPC-1 IOPS = the Price/Performance Metric
    ASU Capacity = the Capacity Metric
    Data Protection = Data Protection Metric
    TSC Price = Total Cost of Ownership Metric
    Results Identifier = A unique identification of the result Metric

    Complete SPC-1 benchmark results may be found at http://www.storageperformance.org.

    Results and Configuration Summary

    Storage Configuration:

      80 x 146.8GB 15K RPM drives
      8 Qlogic HBA

    Server Configuration:

      IBM system x3850 M2

    Software Configuration:

      MS Windows 2003 Server SP2
      SPC-1 benchmark kit

    Benchmark Description

    SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1): is the first industry standard storage benchmark and is the most comprehensive performance analysis environment ever constructed for storage subsystems. The I/O workload in SPC-1 is characterized by predominately random I/O operations as typified by multi-user OLTP, database, and email servers environments. SPC-1 uses a highly efficient multi-threaded workload generator to thoroughly analyze direct attach or network storage subsystems. The SPC-1 benchmark enables companies to rapidly produce valid performance and price/performance results using a variety of host platforms and storage network topologies.

    SPC1 is built to:

    • Provide a level playing field for test sponsors.
    • Produce results that are powerful and yet simple to use.
    • Provide value for engineers as well as IT consumers and solution integrators.
    • Is easy to run, easy to audit/verify, and easy to use to report official results.

    Key Points and Best Practices

    See Also

    Disclosure Statement

    SPC-1, SPC-1 IOPS, $/SPC-1 IOPS reg tm of Storage Performance Council (SPC). More info www.storageperformance.org. Sun Storage 6180 Array 26,090.03 SPC-1 IOPS, ASU Capacity 5,145.060GB, $/SPC-1 IOPS $4.70, Data Protection Mirroring, Cost $122,623, Ident. A00084.


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