IDF: The Week in Review
By rebekah on Aug 25, 2008
For those of you who may have missed out on IDF last week, there was a significant amount of news generated by (or about) Sun. I've tried to include all the highlights below, but you can always go to www.sun.com/intel for more information.
Sun's compact Sun Fire X4450 server has been holding a World Record score of 464,355 SPECjbb2005 bops (58,044 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM) for all four-socket systems since May 2008. During Pat Gelsinger's keynote at IDF, Intel and Sun announced the SPECjbb2005 score of 531,669 bops (132,917 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM) on the Sun Fire X4450 server using the latest Intel Xeon processors. Fueled by the latest version 1.6.0_06 Performance Release of Sun's Java Platform, Standard Edition software, this is a new world-record score for all systems with four sockets and demonstrates an almost 15% improvement over the previous best score. The SPECjbb2005 benchmark emulates the design of real-world server-side Java applications and provides an accurate reflection of the business logic and objects, while stressing the implementation of the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the scalability of the system's processors and memory.
In addition, Sun released a white paper discussing how the Solaris ecosystem and the new Intel Core Microarchitecture (formerly code-named Nehalem) for the Intel Xeon processor are optimized to work together to maximize performance, power efficiency, reliability and virtualization features.
Finally, Sun announced two new servers
based on Intel Xeon processors -- the Sun Fire X2250 and Sun Fire
X4250 servers. The Sun Fire X2250 server is an extremely fast 1U
server for technical computing workloads, with three new
record-breaking benchmarks to its name. The Sun Fire X4250 is the
most expandable 2U enterprise-class system powered by Intel Xeon
processors, with the highest disk count of any comparable server in
the market -- 16 SAS disk drives. Check out these audio and video interviews to learn more about these new servers.
Benchmark footnote stuff: SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjbb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Claims are valid as of 8/20/2008, see www.spec.org for latest results. For comparison purposes, the terms CPU, chip and processor are used interchangeably. Each socket can accommodate one chip