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Unified Computing System: Ferrari Borrowed Our Codename

As mentioned on the IPTV broadcast yesterday, the preliminary benchmarking for out new blade servers for our Unified Computing System is pretty darn good–something along the lines of 164% faster than previous-gen Intel-based two-socket systems. I think this not only makes a clear case for the upgrading to Intel Xeon 5500 Series processor but, the same way you would not put a Ferrari engine in a Cavalier, you also want to upgrade to a system that is designed to take advantage of that kind of performance, not just retro-fitted to deal with it. Here is a rundown of our preliminary results for some key industry benchmarks that cover a variety of workloads: image

The VMware VMMark® benchmark indicates a system’s capacity to scale when running virtualized environments. Preliminary benchmark results using a release candidate of VMware next version of ESX show a score of 24.14 running 17 benchmark tiles, an improvement of 164 percent over the prior top-scoring two-socket system based on previous-generation Intel processors. Cisco UCS performance on the SPECfp® rate_base2006 benchmark is 194, showing high performance for multiple floating-point workloads running in parallel, and demonstrating an improvement of 125 percent over previous-generation systems. Similarly, a SPECint® rate_base2006 result of 239 demonstrates high performance on integer compute-intensive workloads, delivering an improvement of 71 percent over the prior top-scoring system. The SPECjbb® benchmark demonstrates performance on Java software workloads that place intensive multithreaded workload demands on systems, indicating performance on multi-tier Web server environments and Web 2.0 applications. Cisco UCS performance of 556792 demonstrates breakthrough performance on Oracle JRockit running on the Microsoft Windows 2008 operating system. Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server performance extends beyond enterprise applications and into high-performance scientific and engineering workloads. The SPEComp® MBase2001 benchmark is designed to test the limits of shared-memory, symmetric multiprocessing systems. The Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server score of 43593 (currently under review) demonstrates industry leadership along with a performance increase of 154 percent over previous-generation systems. The key thing to point out is that while we are providing Ferrari performance, we are doing it with a Prius energy footprint. As I noted in my recent conversation with Intel’s Ed Groden, we see up to 9:1 consolidation with the Intel Xeon 5500 processors, so 184 single core servers could be collapsed into 21 Intel Xeon 5500 Series systems, cutting energy costs by 90%.

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  1. Saying you are faster than previous generation processors is hardly surprising. It might have been worth mentioning that your results are better than other Nehalem-based servers, not by much, but they are rack-mount systems, so having a blade beat them is quite something.
  2. Nik:Agreed. Right now, we have comparisons to the existing benchmark winners. I would expect the topic of benchmarks to be an on-going conversation.Omar