Monday Nov 02, 2009

Sun Ultra 27 Delivers Leading Single Frame Buffer SPECviewperf 10 Results

A Sun Ultra 27 workstation configured with an nVidia FX5800 graphics card delivered outstanding performance running the SPECviewperf® 10 benchmark.

  • When compared with other workstations running a single graphics card (i.e. not running two or more cards in SLI mode), the Sun Ultra 27 workstation places first in 6 of 8 subtests and second in the remaining two subtests.

  • The calculated geometric mean shows that Sun Ultra 27 workstation is 11% faster than competitor's workstations.

  • The optimum point for price/performance is the nVidia FX1800 graphics card.

Results have been published on the SPEC web site at http://www.spec.org/gwpg/gpc.data/vp10/summary.html.

Performance Landscape

Performance of the Sun Ultra 27 versus the competition. Bigger is better for each of the eight tests. The comparison is based upon the performance of the Sun Ultra 27 workstation. Performance is measured in frames per second.


3DSMAX CATIA ENSIGHT MAYA
Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf %
Sun Ultra 27 FX5800 59.34
68.81
58.07
246.09
HP xw4600 ATI FireGL V7700 49.71 19 48.05 43 57.11 2
268.62 -8
HP xw4600 FX4800 52.26 14 63.26 12 53.79 8
226.82 7
Fujtsu Celsius M470 FX3800 53.67 11 65.25 7 52.19 10 227.37 7

PROENGINEER SOLIDWORKS TEAMCENTER UGS
Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf %
Sun Ultra 27 FX5800 68.96
152.01
42.02
36.04
HP xw4600 ATI FireGL V7700 47.25 32 109.71 28 40.18 4 56.65 -57
HP xw4600 FX4800 61.15 11 131.31 14 28.42 32 33.43 7
Fujtsu Celsius M470 FX3800 64.39 7
139.2 8 29.02 31 33.27 8

Comparison of various frame buffers on the Sun Ultra 27 running SPECviewperf 10. Performance is reported for each test along with the difference in performance as compared to the FX5800 frame buffer. The runs in the table below were made with 3.2GHz W3570 processors.


3DSMAX CATIA ENSIGHT MAYA PROENGR SOLIDWRKS TEAMCNTR UGS
Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf % Perf %
FX5800 57.07
67.84
58.63
219.4
68.05
152.3
40.85
34.73
FX3800 57.17 0 66.57 2
54.91 7
206.4 6 66.48 2 146.3 4 38.48 6 33.12 5
FX1800 56.73 1
64.33 6
52.05 13 189.3 16 64.67 5 135.2 13 34.18 20
30.46 14
FX380 45.90 24 55.81 22 34.93 68 120.3 82 46.09 48 64.11 138 17.00 140 13.88 150

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    Sun Ultra 27 Workstation
    1 x 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon (tm) W3580
    2GB (1 x 2GB PC10600 1333MHz)
    1 x 500GB SATA
    nVidia Quadro FX380, FX1800, FX3800 & FX5800
    $7,529.00 (includes Microsoft Windows and monitor)

Software Configuration:

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit
    Benchmark: SPECviewperf 10

Benchmark Description

SPECviewperf measures 3D graphics rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL. SPECviewperf is a synthetic benchmark designed to be a predictor of application performance and a measure of graphics subsystem performance. It is a measure of graphics subsystem performance (primarily graphics bus, driver and graphics hardware) and its impact on the system without the full overhead of an application. SPECviewperf reports performance in frames per second.

Please go here for a more complete description of the tests.

Key Points and Best Practices

SPECviewperf measures the 3D rendering performance of systems running under OpenGL.

The SPECopcSM project group's SPECviewperf 10 is totally new performance evaluation software. In addition to features found in previous versions, it now provides the ability to compare performance of systems running in higher-quality graphics modes that use full-scene anti-aliasing, and measures how effectively graphics subsystems scale when running multithreaded graphics content. Since the SPECviewperf source and binaries have been upgraded to support changes, no comparisons should be made between past results and current results for viewsets running under SPECviewperf 10.

SPECviewperf 10 requires OpenGL 1.5 and a minimum of 1GB of system memory. It currently supports Windows 32/64.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC® and the benchmark name SPECviewperf® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on www.spec.org as of Oct 18, 2009. For the latest SPECviewperf benchmark results, visit www.spec.org/gwpg.

Wednesday Aug 26, 2009

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 with 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Sets Single Chip World Record on SPECjbb2005

Significance of Results

A Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server equipped with one UltraSPARC T2 processor at 1.6GHz delivered a World Record single-chip result of 231464 SPECjbb2005 bops, 28933 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 consumed an average of 520 Watts of power during the execution of this benchmark.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server (one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 chip) demonstrated 3% better performance over the Fujitsu TX100 result of 223691 SPECjbb2005 bops which used one 3.16 GHz Xeon X3380 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 (one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 chip) demonstrated 8% better performance over the IBM x3200 result of 214578 SPECjbb2005 bops which used one 3.16 GHz Xeon X3380 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server (one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 chip) demonstrated 10% better performance over the Fujitsu RX100 result of 211144 SPECjbb2005 bops which used one 3.16 GHz Xeon X3380 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server (one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 chip) demonstrated 19% better performance over the IBM X3350 result of 194256 SPECjbb2005 bops which used one 3 GHz Xeon X3370 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server (one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 chip) demonstrated 2.6X the performance over the IBM p570 result of 88089 SPECjbb2005 bops which used one 4.7 GHz POWER6 processor.
  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 (one 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chip, 2RU) has 2.1 the power/performance than the IBM Power 570 (4RU) that used two 4.7GHz POWER6 chips.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 used OpenSolaris 2009.06 and the Sun JDK 1.6.0_14 Performance Release to obtain this result.

Performance Landscape

SPECjbb2005 Performance Chart (ordered by performance)

bops : SPECjbb2005 Business Operations per Second (bigger is better)

System Processors Performance
Chips Cores Threads GHz Type bops bops/JVM
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 1 8 64 1.6 UltraSPARC T2 231464 28933
Sun Blade T6320 1 8 64 1.6 UltraSPARC T2 229576 28697
Fujitsu TX100 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 223691 111846
IBM x3200 M2 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 214578 107289
Fujitsu RX100 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 211144 105572
IBM Power 570 2 4 8 4.7 POWER6 205917 102959
IBM x3350 1 4 4 3.0 Intel Xeon 194256 97128
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 1 8 64 1.4 UltraSPARC T2 192055 24007
IBM Power 570 1 2 4 4.7 POWER6 88089 88089

Complete benchmark results may be found at the SPEC benchmark website http://www.spec.org.

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220
      1x 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor
      64 GB

Software Configuration:

    OpenSolaris 2009.06
    Java HotSpot(TM) 32-Bit Server, Version 1.6.0_14 Performance Release

Benchmark Description

SPECjbb2005 (Java Business Benchmark) measures the performance of a Java implemented application tier (server-side Java). The benchmark is based on the order processing in a wholesale supplier application. The performance of the user tier and the database tier are not measured in this test. The metrics given are number of SPECjbb2005 bops (Business Operations per Second) and SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM (bops per JVM instance).

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Each JVM executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • Each JVM was bound to a separate processor containing 1 core to reduce memory access latency using the physical memory closest to the processor.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC, SPECjbb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results as of 8/25/2009 on http://www.spec.org.
Sun SPARC T5220 231464 SPECjbb2005 bops, 28933 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM Submitted to SPEC for review; IBM p 570 88089 SPECjbb2005 bops, 88089 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; Fujitsu TX100 223691 SPECjbb2005 bops, 111846 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; IBM x3350 194256 SPECjbb2005 bops, 97128 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 192055 SPECjbb2005 bops, 24007 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM.

Sun watts were measured on the system during the test.

IBM p 570 2P (1 building blocks) power specifications calculated as 80% of maximum input power reported 7/8/09 in "Facts and Features Report": ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/br/n/psb01628usen/PSB01628USEN.PDF

Tuesday Jul 21, 2009

Sun Blade T6320 World Record SPECjbb2005 performance

Significance of Results

The Sun Blade T6320 server module equipped with one UltraSPARC T2 processor running at 1.6 GHz delivered a World Record single-chip result while running the SPECjbb2005 benchmark.

  • The Sun Blade T6320 server module powered by one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor delivered a result of 229576 SPECjbb2005 bops, 28697 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM when running the SPECjbb2005 benchmark.
  • The Sun Blade T6320 server module (with one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor) demonstrated 2.6X better performance than the IBM System p 570 with one 4.7 GHz POWER6 processor.
  • The Sun Blade T6320 server module (with one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor) demonstrated 3% better performance than the Fujitsu TX100 result which used one 3.16 GHz Intel Xeon X3380 processor.
  • The Sun Blade T6320 server module (with one 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor) demonstrated 7% better performance than the IBM x3200 result which used one 3.16 GHz Xeon X3380 processor.
  • The Sun Blade T6320 server module running the 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor delivered 20% better performance than a Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 with the 1.4 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor.
  • The Sun Blade T6320 used the OpenSolaris 2009.06 operation system and the Java HotSpot(TM) 32-Bit Server, Version 1.6.0_14 Performance Release JVM to obtain this leading result.

Performance Landscape

SPECjbb2005 Performance Chart (ordered by performance)

bops: SPECjbb2005 Business Operations per Second (bigger is better)

System Processors Performance
Chips Cores Threads GHz Type SPECjbb2005
bops
SPECjbb2005
bops/JVM
Sun Blade T6320 1 8 64 1.6 UltraSPARC T2 229576 28697
Fujitsu TX100 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 223691 111846
IBM x3200 M2 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 214578 107289
Fujitsu RX100 1 4 4 3.16 Intel Xeon 211144 105572
IBM x3350 1 4 4 3.0 Intel Xeon 194256 97128
Sun SE T5120 1 8 64 1.4 UltraSPARC T2 192055 24007
IBM p 570 1 2 4 4.7 POWER6 88089 88089

Complete benchmark results may be found at the SPEC benchmark website http://www.spec.org.

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    Sun Blade T6320
      1 x 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor
      64 GB

Software Configuration:

    OpenSolaris 2009.06
    Java HotSpot(TM) 32-Bit Server, Version 1.6.0_14 Performance Release

Benchmark Description

SPECjbb2005 (Java Business Benchmark) measures the performance of a Java implemented application tier (server-side Java). The benchmark is based on the order processing in a wholesale supplier application. The performance of the user tier and the database tier are not measured in this test. The metrics given are number of SPECjbb2005 bops (Business Operations per Second) and SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM (bops per JVM instance).

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance.
  • Each JVM executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • Each JVM bound to a separate processor containing 1 core to reduce memory access latency using the physical memory closest to the processor.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC, SPECjbb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results as of 7/17/2009 on http://www.spec.org. SPECjbb2005, Sun Blade T6320 229576 SPECjbb2005 bops, 28697 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; IBM p 570 88089 SPECjbb2005 bops, 88089 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; Fujitsu TX100 223691 SPECjbb2005 bops, 111846 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; IBM x3350 194256 SPECjbb2005 bops, 97128 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM; Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 192055 SPECjbb2005 bops, 24007 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM.

Monday Jul 20, 2009

Sun T5440 SPECjbb2005 Beats IBM POWER6 Chip-to-Chip

A Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server equipped with four UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors running at 1.6GHz, delivered a result of 841380 SPECjbb2005 bops, 26293 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM when running the SPECjbb2005 benchmark.

  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (four 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips, 4RU) demonstrated 5% better performance than the IBM Power 570 (16RU) result of 798752 SPECjbb2005 bops using eight 4.7 GHz POWER6 chips. The IBM system requires twice the number of processor chips and the system requires 4 times more space than the T5440.
  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (four 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips, 4RU) has 2.3 times better power/performance than the IBM Power 570 (16RU) that used eight 4.7 GHz POWER6 chips.
  • Sun's 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processor is over 2.3x performance of 4.7 GHz IBM POWER6 processor.
  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (four 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) demonstrated 21% better performance when compared to the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 result of 692736 SPECjbb2005 bops using four 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 used OpenSolaris 2009.06 and the Sun JDK 1.6.0_14 Performance Release to obtain this result.

Performance Landscape

SPECjbb2005 Performance Chart (ordered by performance)

bops : SPECjbb2005 Business Operations per Second (bigger is better)

System Processors Performance
Chips Cores Threads GHz Type bops bops/JVM
HP DL585 G6 4 24 24 2.8 AMD Opteron 937207 234302
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 4 32 256 1.6 US-T2 Plus 841380 26293
IBM Power 570 8 16 32 4.7 POWER6 798752 99844
Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 4 32 256 1.4 US-T2 Plus 692736 21648

Complete benchmark results may be found at the SPEC benchmark website http://www.spec.org.

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
      4 x 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors
      256 GB

Software Configuration:

    OpenSolaris 2009.06
    Java HotSpot(TM) 32-Bit Server, Version 1.6.0_14 Performance Release

Benchmark Description

SPECjbb2005 (Java Business Benchmark) measures the performance of a Java implemented application tier (server-side Java). The benchmark is based on the order processing in a wholesale supplier application. The performance of the user tier and the database tier are not measured in this test. The metrics given are number of SPECjbb2005 bops (Business Operations per Second) and SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM (bops per JVM instance).

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance.
  • Each JVM executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • Each JVM bound to a separate processor containing 1 core to reduce memory access latency using the physical memory closest to the processor.

See Also

Disclosure Statement:

SPECjbb2005 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores) 841380 SPECjbb2005 bops, 26293 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. Results submitted to SPEC. HP DL585 G5 (4 chips, 24 cores) 937207 SPECjbb2005 bops, 234302 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. IBM Power 570 (8 chips, 16 cores) 798752 SPECjbb2005 bops, 99844 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores) 692736 SPECjbb2005 bops, 21648 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. SPEC, SPECjbb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 7/20/09

Sun watts were measured on the system during the test.

IBM p 570 8P (4 building blocks) power specifications calculated as 80% of maximum input power reported 7/8/09 in “Facts and Features Report”: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/br/n/psb01628usen/PSB01628USEN.PDF

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