T5220, the most scalable & eco-friendly web server on the planet.

The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 Sets World Record for Performance and Efficiency on SPECweb2005 Benchmark

The T5220 web server

Sun unveils the most scalable and the most eco-friendly web server on the planet, powered by Sun Java™ System Web Server 7.0 Update 2, and Solaris 10 08/07! For specific results and benchmark measurements, see the full announcement and bmseer's blog.

The T5220 performance is staggering to see. An all-secure Banking benchmark run generates 1GB of HTTP server access log per minute (i.e. roughly, 131,000 banking SSL protected HTTP operations per second); the I/O intensive Support benchmark workload transfers 1.4 terabytes of data over the HTTP interface; and the 64-bit Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 2 serving more than 250,000 HTTP conections E-Commerce benchmark! The power savings and data center consolidation benefits are obvious as the 8 core 1.4GHz T5220 server with three 10GbE and two 1GbE network interfaces beats out (22% better) a 16 core 2.93 GHz (4x quad core CPUs) competitor's system equipped with eighteen 1GbE network cards.

The world record performance is the true showcase of innovations across the entire system - Sun Java System Web Server (with its integrated Java SE and Glassfish Java EE Servlet/JSP container), Solaris 10 08/07, in-kernel SSL, 10GB NICs and Niagara 2's breakthrough System on Chip CMT design including a floating point unit per core.

More details are available on the CoolThreads benchmarks page

Disclosure Statement:

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 (8 cores, 1 chip) 37001 SPECweb2005, submitted to SPEC for review on October 8, 2007.

HP ProLiant DL580 G5 (16 cores, 4 chips) 30261 SPECweb2005
HP ProLiant DL585 G2 (8 cores, 4 chips) 22254 SPECweb2005
HP ProLiant ML370 G5 (16 cores, 4 chips) 19661 SPECweb2005
HP ProLiant DL580 G4 (8 cores, 4 chips) 18981 SPECweb2005
Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 16407 SPECweb2005
Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 14001 SPECweb2005
Sun Fire T1000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 10466 SPECweb2005
IBM p5 550 (4 cores, 2 chips) 7881 SPECweb2005

Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 server power consumption taken from measurements made during the benchmark run. Power is average measured watts during benchmark run.

HP DL580 power consumption from HP Power Calculator system configured with 4 x2.93GHz processors, redundant PSU, 16 x 4GB DIMMs, 8 x 36GB SAS drives,1 x PCI card, 80% utilization on 9/10/07: http://h30099.www3.hp.com/configurator/powercalcs.asp

HP DL385G2 power consumption from HP Power Calculator for system configured with 2 x AMD 2220 2.8GHz processors, redundant PSU, 8 x 4GB DIMMs, 2 x HBAs and 2 x 146GB SAS drives, 80% utilisation on 6/4/07: http://h30099.www3.hp.com/configurator/powercalcs.asp

IBM 550 power specifications calculated by applying 70% of the Maximum Watts published in “Facts and Features Report”,
11/14/06, posted at ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/rep_sp/n/PSB01628USEN/PSB01628USEN.PDF.

SPEC, SPECweb registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of Oct 8, 2007. HP, HP ProLiant are registered trademarks of Hewlett-Packard. IBM, IBM p5 are registered trademarks of IBM. All trademarks are respected.

Comments:

Hi,

Very interesting machine.
I heard that it could host 16 drives instead of 8 in the future, do you know how this will be achieved ? format of the drives ?

Is Raid 1 or 0 hardware managed ? this would be an interesting new feature compared to T2000 ;)

Thanks.

Posted by pasender on October 16, 2007 at 08:34 PM PDT #

Yes, the product team is in the process of qualifying an 8 disk 1RU config and a 16 disk 2RU config... All of these platforms use 2.5" SAS or SATA hard drives.

And the onboard RAID controller is very similar to the one used in the T2000, LSI1068E instead of LSI1064E, with RAID 0 and 1 supported in hardware.

Peter

Posted by Peter on October 18, 2007 at 06:06 AM PDT #

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