Rise of CMT systems: On top of the [SPECweb] world, once again

Multi-socket CMT systemsWe are celebrating another great systems launch today at Sun. The new multi-core, multi-socket UltraSPARC T2 Plus based CMT systems provide up to 128 compute threads per server and 5,120 threads per rack - 32x higher compute density than comparable x86 systems (with nice early online reviews).

With that level of system processing capacity and system networking throughput, the rise of CMT systems - lead by the Niagara T2000 series servers - is real and is going mainstream with the availability of multi-core x86 systems. To be CMT ready, though, we believe these systems demand present an interesting situation for your server and web site deployment architecture, i.e. either your application and the whole stack (not just the web server) is MT-hot or you work around, i.e. consider deploy your not-so-MT hot application in virtualization or zones environment. There are obvious challenges such as manageability associated with that.

Anyhow, with another SPECweb world record publication today using the upcoming Sun Web Server 7.0 Update 3 (to be available later this quarter), we are yet again demonstrating the power, scalability and throughput of these CMT systems. Sun Web Server 7.0 is probably the best CMT ready main stream, general purpose web server today.

As BMseer notes below, we are pushing the current SPECweb world record - up by 1801 simultaneous user sessions!

The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 obtained a world record
SPECweb2005 result 41847 SPECweb2005 with one UltraSPARC T2 running
Solaris 10 with a real world web server Sun Java[TM] System Web Server.
This is a 13% improvement over the original result published at
www.spec.org in Oct '07 [with Web Server 7.0u2].


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


http://blogs.sun.com/bmseer/entry/sun_s_even_faster_specweb2005

Disclosure Statement:

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 (8 cores, 1 chip) 41847 SPECweb2005, submitted to
SPEC for review on April 8, 2008. SPECweb2005. SPEC, SPECweb reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

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