Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

SPEC CPU2006 Results on Oracle's Sun x86 Servers

Oracle's new Sun x86 servers delivered world records on the benchmarks SPECfp2006 and SPECint_rate2006 for two processor servers. This was accomplished with Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 software.

  • The Sun Fire X4170 M3 (now known as Sun Server X3-2) server achieved a world record result in for SPECfp2006 benchmark with a score of 96.8.

  • The Sun Blade X6270 M3 server module (now known as Sun Blade X3-2B) produced best integer throughput performance for all 2-socket servers with a SPECint_rate2006 score of 705.

  • The Sun x86 servers with Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.9 GHz processors produced a cross-generational performance improvement up to 1.8x over the previous generation, Sun x86 M2 servers.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPEC CPU2006 Results. The tables below provide the new Oracle results, as well as, select results from other vendors.

SPECint2006
System Processor c/c/t * Peak Base O/S Compiler
Fujitsu PRIMERGY BX924 S3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 2/16/16 60.8 56.0 RHEL 6.2 Intel 12.1.2.273
Sun Fire X4170 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 2/16/32 58.5 54.3 Oracle Linux 6.1 Intel 12.1.0.225
Sun Fire X4270 M2 Intel X5690, 3.47 GHz 2/12/12 46.2 43.9 Oracle Linux 5.5 Intel 12.0.1.116

SPECfp2006
System Processor c/c/t * Peak Base O/S Compiler
Sun Fire X4170 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 2/16/32 96.8 86.4 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Blade X6270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 2/16/32 96.0 85.2 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Fire X4270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 2/16/32 95.9 85.1 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Fujitsu CELSIUS R920 Intel E5-2687, 2.9 GHz 2/16/16 93.8 87.6 RHEL 6.1 Intel 12.1.2.273
Sun Fire X4270 M2 Intel X5690, 3.47 GHz 2/12/24 64.2 59.2 Oracle Solaris 10 Studio 12.2

Only 2-chip server systems listed below, excludes workstations.

SPECint_rate2006
System Processor Base
Copies
c/c/t * Peak Base O/S Compiler
Sun Blade X6270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 705 632 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Fire X4270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 705 630 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Fire X4170 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 702 628 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Cisco UCS C220 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 697 671 RHEL 6.2 Intel 12.1.0.225
Sun Blade X6270 M2 Intel X5690, 3.47 GHz 24 2/12/24 410 386 Oracle Linux 5.5 Intel 12.0.1.116

SPECfp_rate2006
System Processor Base
Copies
c/c/t * Peak Base O/S Compiler
Cisco UCS C240 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 510 496 RHEL 6.2 Intel 12.1.2.273
Sun Fire X4270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 64 2/16/32 497 461 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Blade X6270 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 32 2/16/32 497 460 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Fire X4170 M3 Intel E5-2690, 2.9 GHz 64 2/16/32 495 464 Oracle Solaris 11 Studio 12.3
Sun Fire X4270 M2 Intel E5690, 3.47 GHz 24 2/12/24 273 265 Oracle Linux 5.5 Intel 12.0.1.116

* c/c/t — chips / cores / threads enabled

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

Sun Fire X4170 M3 server
2 x 2.90 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors
128 GB memory (16 x 8 GB 2Rx4 PC3-12800R-11, ECC)

Sun Fire X4270 M3 server
2 x 2.90 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors
128 GB memory (16 x 8 GB 2Rx4 PC3-12800R-11, ECC)

Sun Blade X6270 M3 server module
2 x 2.90 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors
128 GB memory (16 x 8 GB 2Rx4 PC3-12800R-11, ECC)

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 (SRU2)
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 (patch update 1 nightly build 120313) Oracle Linux Server Release 6.1
Intel C++ Studio XE 12.1.0.225
SPEC CPU2006 V1.2

Benchmark Description

SPEC CPU2006 is SPEC's most popular benchmark. It measures:

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

The benchmark is also divided into integer intensive applications and floating point intensive applications:

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

It is also divided depending upon the amount of optimization allowed:

  • base: optimization is consistent per compiled language, all benchmarks must be compiled with the same flags per language.
  • peak: specific compiler optimization is allowed per application.

The overall metrics for the benchmark which are commonly used are:

  • SPECint_rate2006, SPECint_rate_base2006: integer, rate
  • SPECfp_rate2006, SPECfp_rate_base2006: floating point, rate
  • SPECint2006, SPECint_base2006: integer, speed
  • SPECfp2006, SPECfp_base2006: floating point, speed

See here for additional information.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and the benchmark names SPECfp and SPECint are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results as of 10 April 2012 from www.spec.org and this report.

Monday Jan 25, 2010

Sun/Solaris Leadership in SAP SD Benchmarks and HP claims

COMMENTS ON  SIGNIFICANT SAP SD 2 Tier RESULTS and HP MISLEADING CLAIMS:

HP is making claims of "leadership" in the  Two-Tier SAP SD benchmark by carefully fencing the claims, based on the OS (Linux & Windows),  and conveniently omitting the actual leading results from Sun on Solaris.

HP's claims: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/c-products/servers/benchmarks/HP_ProLiant_785_585_385_SAP_perf_brief_121009.pdf

It is worthwhile to take a closer look at the results and the real leadership of Sun and Solaris in this SAP benchmark. All the SAP SD Two-Tier results discussed here can be seen at: http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx  All results here use the latest version of SAP Enhancement Package 4  for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode).

Here is a summary of the HP claims and the counterpoints showing Sun and Solaris real leadership in performance and scalability.

HP claims the #1 position for 8-Processor, 4-Processor and 2-processor servers as follows;

  • 8-processor:  yes, but on Windows (8,280 SAP SD Benchmark users) and on Linux (8,022 SAP SD Benchmark users) with the HP Proliant DL785 G6 (8x 2.8GHz Opteron 8439 SE).
  • Formally correct statements however HP fails to mention Sun actual  #1 8-processor Overall record result by far, using Solaris at 10,000 SAP SD Benchmark users on a Sun Fire X4640 with eight 2.6GHz Opteron 8435, leading by more than 20% with lower clock speed!
  • 4-processor:  yes, but on Linux (4,370 SAP SD Benchmark users,  using the HP Proliant DL585 G6, 4x 2.8GHz AMD Opteron SE).
  • Again, formally correct statement however, HP fails to mention that Sun holds the 4-processor Overall record result using Solaris at 4,720 SAP SD Benchmark users, obtained on a Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 with four 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus.
  • 2-processor: Similarly HP claims the #1 and #2 rankings, but on Linux (3,171 SAP SD Benchmark users, HP Proliant DL380 G6, 2x 2.93GHz Xeon X5570) and (2,315 SAP SD Benchmark users, HP Proliant DL385 G6, 2x 2.6GHz Opteron 2435).
  • Again, HP omits the fact that Sun holds the  #1 2-Processor Overall  record result on Solaris at 3,800 SAP SD Benchmark users  obtained on a Sun Fire X4270 with 2x 2.93GHz Xeon X5570. A 20% and 64% Sun leading result!

The only conclusion is that that Sun Servers running Solaris have real Leadership in the SAP SD Two-Tier Benchmark. This fact is not only confirmed for the 2- to 8-processor servers but also at the high end where the Sun M9000 with Solaris leads with the World Record Overall for this benchmark, showing real record performance and top vertical scalability.

More details on the World Record Sun M9000 SAP SD 2-Tier results at BestPerf blog: http://blogs.sun.com/BestPerf/entry/sun_m9000_fastest_sap_2

SAP Benchmark Disclosure statement

Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) application benchmarks as of Jan 22, 2010: 

Cert# Benchmark Server Users SAPS Procs Cores Thrds CPU CPU MHz Mem (MB) Operating System RDBMS Release
2009046 Sun SPARC M9000 32000 175600 64 256 512 SPARC64 VII 2880 1179648 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009049 Sun Fire X4640 10000 55070 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8435 2600 262144 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009052 HP ProL DL785 G6 8022 43800 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 131072 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009035 HP ProL DL785 G6 8280 45350 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 131072 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009026 Sun SPARC T5440 4720 25830 4 32 256 UltraSPARC T2Plus 1600 262144 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009025 HP ProL DL585 G6 4665 25530 4 24 24 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 65536 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009051 HP ProL DL585 G6 4370 23850 4 24 24 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 65536 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009033 Sun Fire X4270 3800 21000 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009004 HP ProL DL380 G6 3300 18030 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009006 HP ProL DL380 G6 3171 17380 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009050 HP ProL DL385 G6 2315 12650 2 12 12 AMD Opt 2435 2600 49152 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8

SAP, R/3, reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark

Friday Oct 23, 2009

Wiki on performance best practices

A fantastic source of technical Best Practices is at
http://wikis.sun.com/display/Performance/Home

This wiki hosts the combined wisdom of many performance engineers from across Sun. It has information about Hardware, Software, ZFS, Oracle and other various performance topics.  This wiki attempts to categorize and present information so it is easy to find and use. It is getting started, but please let us know if there are any topics which would be useful.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2009

Oracle Open World (OOW) BestPerf Index 14 October 2009

Here is a BestPerf blog index to a variety of benchmarks announced at Oracle Open World and others talked about at the conference.

Colors used:

Benchmark
Best Practices
Other

ORACLEOPENWORLD

CMT Servers

Oct 11, 2009 \* TPC-C World Record Sun - Oracle \*
Oct 13, 2009 Sun T5440 Oracle BI EE Sun T5440 World Record
Oct 13, 2009 SPECweb200 Sun T5440 World Record, Solaris Containers and Sun Storage F5100
Sep 01, 2009 String Searching - Sun T5240 & T5440 Outperform IBM Cell Broadband Engine
Aug 27, 2009 Sun T5240 Beats 4-Chip IBM Power 570 POWER6 System on SPECjbb2005
Aug 26, 2009 Sun T5220 Sets Single Chip World Record on SPECjbb2005
Aug 12, 2009 SPECmail2009 on Sun T5240 and Sun Java System Messaging Server 6.3
Jul 23, 2009 World Record Performance of Sun CMT Servers
Jul 22, 2009 Why does 1.6 beat 4.7?
Jul 21, 2009 Zeus ZXTM Traffic Manager World Record on Sun T5240
Jul 21, 2009 Sun T5440 World Record SAP-SD 4-Processor Two-tier SAP ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode)

SPARC64 Servers

Oct 13, 2009 SAP 2-tier SD Benchmark on Sun M9000/32 SPARC64 VII
Oct 13, 2009 Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll Sun M4000 and Sun Storage F5100 World Record Performance
Oct 12, 2009 Best Practices: M4000 Sun Storage F5100 is a good option for Peoplesoft Payroll
Oct 13, 2009 Oracle Hyperion Sun M5000 and Sun Storage 7410
Oct 13, 2009 SPECcpu2006 Results On MSeries Servers, New SPARC64 VII

X86 Servers

Oct 13, 2009 SAP 2-tier SD-Parallel on Sun Blade X6270 1-node, 2-node and 4-node
Aug 28, 2009 Sun X4270 World Record SAP-SD 2-Processor Two-tier SAP ERP 6.0 EP 4 (Unicode)
Oct 02, 2009 Sun X4270 VMware VMmark benchmark achieves excellent result
Sep 22, 2009 Sun X4270 Virtualized for Two-tier SAP ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution Benchmark

HPC Benchmarks

Oct 13, 2009 Halliburton ProMAX Oil & Gas Appl on Sun 6048/X6275 Cluster and Oracle Database
Oct 13, 2009 MCAE ABAQUS faster on Sun F5100 and Sun X4270 - Single Node World Record
Oct 12, 2009 MCAE ANSYS faster on Sun F5100 and Sun X4270
Oct 12, 2009 MCAE MCS/NASTRAN faster on Sun F5100 and Fire X4270
Oct 13, 2009 CP2K Life Sciences, Ab-initio Chem - Sun C48 with Sun Blade X6275 - QDR InfiniBand
Oct 09, 2009 X6275 Cluster Demonstrates Performance and Scalability on WRF 2.5km CONUS Dataset

Specific Storage Benchmarks

Oct 12, 2009 SPC-2 Sun Storage 6180 RAID 5 & RAID 6 Over 70% Better $/Performance than IBM
Oct 12, 2009 SPC-1 Sun Storage 6180 Over 70% Better $/Performance than IBM
Oct 12, 2009 1.6 Million 4K IOPS in 1RU on Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array

Additional CMT Server Benchmarks

Jul 21, 2009 1.6 GHz SPEC CPU2006 - Rate Benchmarks
Jul 21, 2009 Sun Blade T6320 World Record SPECjbb2005 performance
Jul 21, 2009 Sun T5440 SPECjbb2005 Beats IBM POWER6 Chip-to-Chip

Tuesday Jul 21, 2009

New SPECjAppServer2004 Performance on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440

One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server with four UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors at 1.6GHz delivered a single-system World Record result of 7661.16 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard using Oracle WebLogic Server, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, together with Oracle Database 11g.

  • This benchmark used the Oracle WebLogic 10.3.1 Application Server and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition. This benchmark result proves that the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server using the UltraSPARC T2 Plus processor performs as an outstanding J2EE application server as well as an Oracle 11g OLTP database server.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (four 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) running as the application server delivered 6.4X better performance than the best published single application server result from the IBM p 570 system based on the 4.7 GHz POWER6 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (four 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) demonstrated 73% better performance than the HP DL580 G5 result of 4410.07 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard, which used four 2.66 GHz Intel 6-core Xeon processors.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (four 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) demonstrated 2.3X better performance than the HP DL580 G5 result of 3339.94 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard, which used four 2.93 GHz Intel 4-core Xeon processors.
  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (four 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) demonstrated 1.9X better performance than the Dell PowerEdge R610 result of 3975.13 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard, which used two 2.93 GHz Intel 4-core Xeon processors.
  • One Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (four 1.6 GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus chips) demonstrated 5% better performance than the Dell PowerEdge R610 result of 7311.50 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard, which used two Dell R610 systems each with two 2.93 GHz Intel 4-core Xeon processors.
  • These results were obtained using Sun Java SE 6 Update 14 Performance Release on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server and running the Solaris 10 5/09 Operating Environment.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server used Solaris Containers technology to consolidate 7 Oracle Weblogic application server instances to achieve this result.
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a family of complete, integrated, hot pluggable and best-of-breed products known for enabling enterprise customers to create and run agile and intelligent business applications. Oracle WebLogic Server’s on-going, record-setting Java application server performance demonstrates why so many customers rely on Oracle Fusion Middleware as their foundation for innovation.

Performance Landscape

SPECjAppServer2004 Performance Chart as of 7/20/2009. Complete benchmark results may be found at the SPEC benchmark website http://www.spec.org. SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard (bigger is better)

Vendor SPECjApp-Server2004
JOPS@Standard
J2EE Server DB Server
Sun 7661.16 1x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
32 cores, 4 chips, 1.6 GHz US-T2 Plus
Oracle WebLogic 10.3.1
1x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
32 cores, 4 chips, 1.4 GHz US-T2 Plus
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.7
Dell 7311.50 2x PowerEdge R610
16 cores, 4 chips, 2.93 Xeon X5570
Oracle WebLogic 10.3
1x PowerEdge R900
24 cores, 4 chips @ 2.66 Xeon X7460
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.7
Sun 6334.86 1x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
32 cores, 4 chips, 1.4 GHz US-T2 Plus
Oracle WebLogic 10.3
1x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
32 cores, 4 chips, 1.4 GHz US-T2 Plus
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.7
Dell 4794.33 2x PowerEdge 2950
16 cores, 4 chips, 3.3 Xeon X5470
Oracle WebLogic 10.3
1x PowerEdge R900
24 cores, 4 chips, 2.66 Xeon X7460
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.6
HP 4410.07 1x ProLiant DL580 G5
24 cores, 4 chips, 2.66 GHz Xeon X7460
Oracle WebLogic 10.3
1x ProLiant DL580 G5
24 cores, 4 chips, 2.66 GHz Xeon X7460
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.6
HP 3975.13 1x Dell PowerEdge R610
8 cores, 2 chips, 2.93 GHz Xeon X5570
Oracle WebLogic 10.3
1x PowerEdge R900
24 cores, 4 chips, 2.66 GHz Xeon X7460
Oracle 11g DB 11.1.0.7
IBM 1197.51 1x IBM System p 570
4 cores, 2 chips, 4.7 GHz POWER6
WebSphere Application Server V6.1
1x IBM p5 550
4 cores, 2 chips, 2.1 GHz POWER5+
IBM DB2 Universal Database 9.1

Results and Configuration Summary

Application Server:
    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
      4 x 1.6 GHz 8-core UltraSPARC T2 Plus
      256 GB memory
      2 x 10GbE XAUI NIC
      2 x 32GB SATA SSD
      Solaris 10 5/09
      Solaris Containers
      Oracle WebLogic 10.3.1 Application Server - Standard Edition
      Oracle Fusion Middleware
      JDK 1.6.0_14 Performance Release

Database Server:

    Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440
      4 x 1.4 GHz 8-core UltraSPARC T2 Plus
      256 GB memory
      6 x Sun StorageTek 2540 FC Array
      4 x Sun StorageTek 2501 FC Expansion Array
      Solaris 10 5/09
      Oracle Database Enterprise Edition Release 11.1.0.7

Benchmark Description

SPECjAppServer2004 (Java Application Server) is a multi-tier benchmark for measuring the performance of Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology-based application servers. SPECjAppServer2004 is an end-to-end application which exercises all major J2EE technologies implemented by compliant application servers as follows:
  • The web container, including servlets and JSPs
  • The EJB container
  • EJB2.0 Container Managed Persistence
  • JMS and Message Driven Beans
  • Transaction management
  • Database connectivity
Moreover, SPECjAppServer2004 also heavily exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the application environment, including hardware, JVM software, database software, JDBC drivers, and the system network. The primary metric of the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark is jAppServer Operations Per Second (JOPS) which is calculated by adding the metrics of the Dealership Management Application in the Dealer Domain and the Manufacturing Application in the Manufacturing Domain. There is NO price/performance metric in this benchmark.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • 7 Oracle WebLogic server instances on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server were hosted in separate Solaris Containers to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application servers.
  • Each appserver container was bound to a separate processor set each containing 4 cores. This was done to improve performance by reducing memory access latency using the physical memory closest to the processors. The default set was used for network & disk interrupt handling.
  • The Oracle WebLogic application servers were executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • The Oracle database processes were run in 4 processor sets using the psrset utility and executed in the FX scheduling class. This was done to improve perfomance by reducing memory access latency and reducing conext switches.
  • Oracle Log Writer process run in a separate processor set containing 1 core and run in the RT scheduling class. This was done to insure that the Log Writer had the most efficient use of cpu resources.
  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 used 2x 10GbE NICs for network traffic from the driver systems.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPECjAppServer2004, Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores) 7661.16 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; HP DL580 G5 (4 chips, 24 cores) 4410.07 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; HP DL580 G5 (4 chips, 16 cores) 3339.94 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; Two Dell PowerEdge 2950 (4 chips, 16 cores) 4794.33 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; Dell PowerEdge R610 (2 chips, 8 cores) 3975.13 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; Two Dell PowerEdge R610 (4 chips, 16 cores) 7311.50 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; IBM p570 (2 chips, 4 cores) 1197.51 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard; SPEC, SPECjAppServer reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from http://www.spec.org as of 7/20/09

Tuesday Jun 23, 2009

New CPU2006 Records: 3x better integer throughput, 9x better fp throughput

Significance of Results

A Sun Constellation system, composed of 48 Sun Blade X6440 server modules in a Sun Blade 6048 chassis, running OpenSolaris 2008.11 and using the Sun Studio 12 Update 1 compiler delivered World Record SPEC CPU2006 rate results.

On the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark, Sun delivered 4.7 times more performance than the IBM power 595 (5GHz POWER6); this IBM system requires a slightly larger cabinet than the Sun Blade 6048 chassis (details below). 

On the SPECfp_rate_base2006 benchmark Sun delivered 3.9 times more performance than the largest IBM power 595 (5GHz POWER6); this IBM system requires a slightly larger cabinet than the Sun Blade 6048 chassis (details below).

  • The Sun Constellation System equipped with AMD Opteron QC 8384 2.7 GHz processors, running OpenSolaris 2008.11 and using the Sun Studio 12 update 1 compiler, delivered the World Record SPECint_rate_base2006 score of 8840.
  • This SPECint_rate_base2006 score beat the previous record holding score by over three times.
  • The Sun Constellation System equipped with AMD Opteron QC 8384 2.7 GHz processors, running OpenSolaris 2008.11 and using the Sun Studio 12 update 1 compiler, delivered the fastest x86 SPECfp_rate_base2006 score of 6500.
  • This SPECfp_rate_base2006 score beat the previous x86 record holding score by nine times.

Performance Landscape

SPEC CPU2006 Performance Charts - bigger is better, selected results, please see www.spec.org for complete results.

SPECint_rate2006

System Processors Performance Results Notes (1)
Type GHz Chips Cores Peak Base
Sun Blade 6048 Opteron 8384 2.7 192 768
8840 New Record
SGI Altix 4700 Density System Itanium 9150M 1.66 128 256 3354 2893 Previous Best
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth System Itanium2 9040 1.6 128 256 2971 2715
Fujitsu/Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 SPARC64 VII 2.52 64 256 2290 2090
IBM Power 595 POWER6 5.0 32 64 2160 1870 Best POWER6

(1) Results as of 23 June 2009 from www.spec.org.

SPECfp_rate2006

System Processors Performance Results Notes (2)
Type GHz Chips Cores Peak Base
SGI Altix 4700 Density System Itanium 9140M 1.66 512 1024
10580
Sun Blade 6048 Opteron 8384 2.7 192 768
6500 New x86 Record
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth System Itanium2 9040 1.6 128 256 3507 3419
IBM Power 595 POWER 6 5.0 64 32 2184 1681 Best POWER6
Fujitsu/Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 SPARC64 VII 2.52 64 256 2005 1861
SGI Altix 4700 Bandwidth System Itanium 9150M 1.66 128 256 1947 1832
SGI Altix ICE 8200EX Intel X5570 2.93 8 32 742 723

(2) Results as of 23 June 2009 from www.spec.org.

(2) Results as of 23 June 2009 from www.spec.org.

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:
    1 x Sun Blade 6048
      48 x Sun Blade X6440, each with
        4 x 2.7 GHz QC AMD Opteron 8384 processors
        32 GB, (8 x 4GB)

Software Configuration:

    O/S: OpenSolaris 2008.11
    Compiler: Sun Studio 12 Update 1
    Other SW: MicroQuill SmartHeap Library 9.01 x64
    Benchmark: SPEC CPU2006 V1.1

Key Points and Best Practices

The Sun Blade 6048 chassis is able to contain a variety of server modules. In this case, the Sun Blade X6440 was used to provide this capacity solution. This single rack delivered results which have not been seen in this form factor.

To run this many jobs, the benchmark requires a reasonably good file server where the benchmark is run. The Sun Fire X4540 server was used to provide the disk space required being accessed by NFS by the blades.

Sun has shown 4.7x greater SPECint_rate_base2006 and 3.9x greater SPECfp_rate_base2006 in a slightly smaller cabinet. IBM specifications are at: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/hardware/595/specs.html. One frame (slimline doors): 79.3"H x 30.5"W x 58.5"D weight: 3,376 lb. One frame (acoustic doors): 79.3"H x 30.5"W x 71.1"D weight: 3,422 lb. The Sun Blade 6048 specifications are at: http://www.sun.com/servers/blades/6048chassis/specs.xml One Sun Blade 6048: 81.6"H x 23.9"W x 40.3"D weight: 2,300 lb (fully configured). 

Disclosure Statement:

SPEC, SPECint, SPECfp reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 6/22/2009 and this report. Sun Blade 6048 chassis with Sun Blade X6440 server modules (48 nodes with 4 chips, 16 cores, 16 threads each, OpenSolaris 2008.11, Studio 12 update 1) - 8840 SPECint_rate_base2006, 6500 SPECfp_rate_base2006; IBM p595, 1870 SPECint_rate_base2006, 1681 SPECfp_rate_base2006.

See Also

Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

The Performance Technology group wiki is alive!

The Performance Technology group, which we are a part of, just came out with a new group wiki.  The PT Wiki has information about Hardware, Software, ZFS, Oracle and other various performance topics.  This wiki attempts to categorize and present information so it is easy to find and use. We are just getting started, but please let us know if there are any topics which would be useful.
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