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Benchmark-apalooza: Cisco UCS Nabs Intel World Records For Virtualization, App Serving and HPC

March 18, 2010 - 0 Comments

In case you missed the news, Intel released a bunch of world record benchmarks for 2 socket x86 servers, and big ups to UCS for its three impressive world records—more than any other x86 vendor. Sure, benchmarks and statistics share damn lies together, and as a marketing communications professional, there is nothing that induces sleep faster than benchmark debate. Just the same, please allow me to expound on this particular set of world records because I do think there are some interesting comments to be made:

  • Cisco Unified Computing System B250 M2 Server set a new record(1) with results of 35.83 @ 26 tiles in the VMware VMmark benchmark. While Cisco blades with extended memory and virtualized NIC controller are expected to win in virtualized environments, the VMmark benchmark is a significant win because it measure both virtualized system density and performance, and the UCS score represents a 43% improvement over the previous winner.
  • Cisco Unified Computing System C250 M2 Server set a new record on the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark, which measured application server performance, running a complete Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle 11g and Oracle WebLogic stack. While its no secret that UCS should do well in the app server category, the workload focus is still a nifty win for UCS—an opinion that Oracle clearly shares.
  • Cisco also achieved top results(2) in several key High Performance Computing benchmarks including SPECfp_rate_base2006, SPECompM2001, SPECompL2001, and Linpack, as well as the compute intensive integer performance benchmark, SPECint_rate_base2006.  Its nice to see UCS do well in computationally intensive areas.

Here, lifted from the Intel website, are all of the new world records:

Highlights on Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series-based server (March 16, 2010)
Segment – Benchmark Platform/Partner Software Details Result (gain over
Intel® Xeon® processor X5570)
General Purpose
Computing – SPECint*_
Dell PowerEdge R710* Intel® C++ Compiler 11.1 – SLES 11 355 (+40%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Scientific Computing
– SPECfp*_rate_
Dell PowerEdge R710* Intel C++ Compiler 11.1 – SLES 11 248 (+25%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Virtualization –
Cisco UCS B250M2* VMware ESX 4.0 U1* 35.83@26 tiles (+42%) Number one two socket result
Energy Efficiency – SPECpower*_
ssj2008 (Single Node Server)
IBM x3650 M3* IBM* J9 JVM 2,927 overall ssj_ops/watt (+42%) (gain over Intel® Xeon® processor L5530) Number one two socket single node server result
Energy Efficiency – SPECpower*_ssj2008 (Multi-Node Server) IBM dx360 M3* IBM* J9 JVM 3,038 ssj_ops/watt (+31%) Number one two socket Multi-node server result
eCommerce – SPECjbb*2005 Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6* IBM* J9 VM* – Microsoft Windows Server 2008* 928,393 BOPS (+46%) Number one x86 two socket server result
Application Server –
Cisco UCS C250 M2* Oracle WebLogic Server* SE Rel. 10.3 – Oracle 11g Database*, Oracle Enterprise Linux* 5,185 JOPS(+30%) World record for the most JOPS (Java Operations Per Second) per Chip
Web Server – SPECWeb*2005 Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6* Rock Web Server* v1.4.7 – Red Hat* Enterprise Linux* 5.3 104,422(+25%) Highest SPECWeb2005 result ever
Enterprise Resource
Planning – SAP-SD*
Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX300 S6 SAP ERP 6.0* (Unicode) 4,860 Number of Benchmark Users Number one two socket result
HPC – SPEComp*Mbase
Cisco UCS B200 M2* RHEL 5.4*, Intel C++ Compiler 11.1 52,314(+20%) Number one two socket result
Intel Result server cluster Suse Linux Enterprise Server* Excellent cluster scaling Number one two socket cluster result
Integer Single Task
– SPECint*_
Fujitsu PRIMERGY* RX300 S6 Intel C++ Compiler 11.1, SLES 11 38.9 (+10%) Number one x86 two socket server result
using SPECint*_rate
Fujitsu PRIMERGY* RX300 S6 Intel C++ Compiler 11.1, SLES 11 Intel® Xeon® processor L5640 uses 30% lower power than Intel® Xeon® processor X5570 at SPECint*_rate_base2006 score of 250 Same performance as Intel® Xeon® X5570 with 30% lower power results for

results for

HPC – Black-Scholes*
(Financial Services)
Supermicro* Black-Scholes 11.5 seconds (+60%) Exceptional gain over previous generation

You can find all of the world records <a href=””>here</a>.

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