Sun Studio Benchmarks

   
 

Sun Studio software, with its optimizing compilers, delivers record-setting runtime performance with the Solaris operating system on Sun workstations and servers. Recognized industry standard benchmarks demonstrate Sun Studio software's contribution to outstanding performance with real-world applications on UltraSPARC and x64/x86-based systems. For more information on Sun Studio performance, see Advanced Compiler Options for Performance.

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers. SPEC develops suites of benchmarks and also reviews and publishes submitted results from their member organizations and other benchmark licensees. SPEC, SPEComp, SPECfp, SPECint and SPECjbb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest benchmark results always visit http://www.spec.org.


06/04/2007 The fastest x86 system on the planet for integer throughput calculations

Innovative system design features used in Sun's x64 family of products, made possible for Sun Fire X4600 M2 server to claim the prestigious title of world's fastest x86 system. Sun's sever, equipped with eight Dual-Core AMD Opteron model 8220 processors and capable of supporting up to 256 GB of system memory, assumes the lead on industry-recognized SPEC CPU2006 benchmark by reaching World Record x86 SPECint_rate2006 score of 157.

The SPEC CPU2006 benchmark exercises a computer's processor, memory architecture, and compilers on a variety of real-world compute intensive workloads. Sun continues to invest a significant portion of R&D budget in optimizing it's software eco-system for x86 platforms. This ground breaking result is another case in point as it showcases the latest features and capabilities of Sun Studio 12 software running in full concert with Solaris 10 Operating system (OS).

05/25/2007 Best 4-core x86 integer throughput score on SPEC CPU2006 benchmark

The Sun Ultra 40 M2 workstation, equipped with two Dual-Core AMD Opteron model 2222SE processors, assumes the lead on industry-recognized SPECint_rate2006 benchmark by utilizing the most advanced features of freely available Sun Studio 12 software that consists of performance tools, NetBeans(TM) software-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) as well as C, C++, and Fortran compilers.

The SPEC CPU2006 Benchmark exercises a computer's processor, memory architecture, and compilers on a variety of real-world compute intensive workloads. Compiler software often helps to deliver the best performance by providing optimizations tailored to a specific hardware platform or microprocessor architecture. The Sun Studio 12 software, running in concert with the Solaris 10 Operating system (OS), uses many innovative optimization techniques targeted at x86-based platforms and allows the Sun Ultra 40 M2 workstation to produce segment-leading SPECint_rate2006 result of 60.4.

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08/15/2006 The fastest single socket x86 system on floating-point throughput suite of SPEC CPU2000 benchmark

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, equipped with next-generation AMD Opteron Model 1218 Series processors, demonstrated outstanding performance on the SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, including a World Record floating point throughput result for all single socket x86 systems. This result supersedes the competitive scores posted by the systems based on the latest Intel Core 2 processors (aka "Woodcrest" and "Conroe"). SPEC CPU2000 is an industry-standard benchmark, which measures CPU and memory intensive computing tasks. It is made up of two benchmark suites focused on integer and floating point performance.

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server achieved a SPECfp_rate2000 result of 56.5, using now freely available Sun Studio 11 compiler software running on the industry's most advanced OS - Solaris 10 Operating System.

08/15/2006 World Record 2-thread performance on SPEC OMPM2001 HPC benchmark for single socket systems

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, equipped with a Next-Generation AMD Opteron Model 2118 processor, continues to demonstrates the advantages of running scalable compute intensive workloads on a low cost platform, and is perfectly suited for developing OpenMP applications typically executed on much larger SMP systems. The industry standard SPEC OMP benchmark is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers executing compute-intensive scientific applications, which are based on OpenMP framework, and consist of medium and large problem sets. The winning combination included Sun Fire X2100 M2 server, Solaris 10 OS and Sun Studio 11 software, and allowed Sun to surpass the competition on the medium size problem set by posting 1chip/2core/2thread SPECompM2001 score of 6837. Additionally, this result demonstrates a 35% improvement when compared to the previous generation Sun Fire X2100 2-way server's result of 5050.

04/09/2006  World Record floating point performance for all single socket x86 systems

The Sun Fire X2100 server is the fastest single socket x86 system with a SPECfp2000 score of 2334. The combination of AMD Opteron(TM) Model 156 CPU, Solaris 10 OS and Sun(TM) Studio 11 software generated this new world record on SPEC CPU 2000 benchmark, which highlights the floating point capabilities of the processor, memory and compiler on the system under test. The Sun Fire X2100 server is over 15% faster than the IBM eServer xSeries 306m server, which uses Intel Pentium CPU and posted SPECfp_2000 score of 2028.

04/09/2006  World Record 2-CPU floating point throughput performance for x86 servers

The combination of the Solaris 10 OS and Sun(TM) Studio 11 software enabled the Sun Fire X4100 server, equipped with two AMD Opteron(TM) Model 256 processors, to beat all other 2-CPU x86 servers on SPECfp_rate2000 benchmark with a score of 56.6.

This result easily trumps the SPECfp_rate2000 score of 32.9, which was set by a competing Intel Xeon-based HP ProLiant DL360 G4p server, by 72%.

04/09/2006  World Record floating point performance for single CPU x86 servers

The Sun Fire X4100 server is the fastest single processor x86 server with a SPECfp2000 score of 2471. The combination of AMD Opteron Model 256 CPU, Solaris 10 OS and Sun Studio 11 software allowed Sun's server to surpass the competition on the SPECfp2000 benchmark, which highlights the floating point capabilities of the processor, memory and compiler on the system under test.

03/07/2006  World Record integer throughput performance for all dual socket x86 systems

The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, designed with multiple HyperTransport links interconnecting the two multi-core AMD Opteron Model 285 processors, demonstrated the best floating point intensive throughput performance on the industry-standard SPEC CPU2000 benchmark. The fusion of the Solaris 10 Operating System and Sun Studio 11 compiler suite, produced an excellent SPECfp_rate2000 score of 85.0 that demonstrates near linear scaling from the previously posted SPECfp_rate2000 result of 78.4.

1/30/2006  World Record price/performance result on Mathematica benchmark

Mathematica benchmark stresses the full range of mathematical functions and includes nonlinear polynomial expansions. The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation, posted the result of 5.32465 using AMD Opteron 154 processor and established the best price/performance result by relying on advance optimization techniques offered by Sun Studio 11 software. Recompiling the Open Source GMP library, used for arbitrary precision arithmetic and floating point operations, with Studio 11 software improved the benchmarking score by up to 30%.

01/30/2006  Two World Records on SPEC CPU2000 benchmark for dual socket x86 workstations

The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, equipped with two dual-core AMD Opteron Model 280 processors and utilizing the freely available Sun Studio 11 compiler suite on Solaris 10 Operating System, excelled on both integer and floating point intensive throughput components of the SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, posting scores of SPECint_rate2000 - 71.2 and SPECfp_rate2000 - 78.4.

01/30/2006  Two World Records on SPEC CPU2000 benchmark for 2-CPU x86 workstations

Powered by two single-core AMD Opteron Model 254 processors and utilizing the freely available Sun Studio 11 compiler suite on Solaris 10 Operating System, the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation sets a new high watermark on both integer and floating point intensive throughput components of the SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, posting the respective scores of SPECint_rate2000 - 42.7 and SPECfp_rate2000 - 53.0.

01/30/2006  World Record Mathematica performance under Solaris 10 with Sun Studio

Mathematica benchmark stresses the full range of mathematical functions and includes nonlinear polynomial expansions. The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, posted the result of 5.57733 and zoomed past competition by relying on advance optimization techniques offered by Sun Studio 11 software. Recompiling the Open Source GMP library, used for arbitrary precision arithmetic and floating point operations, with Studio 11 software improved the benchmarking score by up to 30%.

01/30/2006  World Record on SPECfp2000 benchmark for all 2-CPU x86 workstations

The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, equipped with two single-core AMD Opteron Model 254 processors and running Solaris 10 Operating system, demonstrates the SPECfp2000 score of 2505 by harnessing the auto-parallel technology of the Sun Studio 11 compiler suite. This new floating point World Record result for all 2 CPU x86 workstations was achieved by parallelization of the multi-threaded tasks using the second CPU and did not require any source code alternation.

01/30/2006  World Record on SPECfp2000 benchmark for all x86 workstations

Leading the pack with the best floating point performance result of 2315, the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, equipped with one AMD Opteron Model 254 processor and running Solaris 10 Operating system, once again demonstrated that the combination of excellent engineering, a mature operating system and Sun Studio software tools yields the best outcome.

11/15/2005  World Record among all 8-core x86-compatible systems on SPECfp_rate2000 test

On the floating point throughput component of the compute-intensive SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, the Sun Fire V40z server, equipped with the latest multi-core AMD Opteron 880 processors, demonstrates linear scalability with the processor frequency, when compared to the previously posted result. By utilizing the latest Sun Studio 11 software running on Solaris 10 OS, Sun's server achieved the score of 153 and surpassed the previous HP record of 144 by over 6%.

11/15/2005  World Record among all 2-socket x86-compatible systems on SPECfp_rate2000 benchmark

Based on the real world user applications, the SPEC CPU2000 suite measures the integer and floating point performance of the processor, memory and compiler on the tested system, effectively providing a comparative measure of compute intensive performance across the widest range of hardware. On the floating point throughput component of this benchmark, the multi-core Sun Fire X4100 server demonstrates superior SPECfp_rate2000 score of 82.4. This beats the single and dual-core SPECfp_rate2000 results of 48.2 and 52.6 posted by Xeon-based HP ML570 server, by over 70% and 56% respectively. This new record underscores the architectural advantages of AMD's Direct Connect architecture and the latest Sun Studio 11 compiler software.

11/15/2005  World Record SPEC OMPM2001 result for systems with up to 2 sockets and 4 threads

This industry standard SPEC benchmark is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers executing compute-intensive scientific applications and consists of medium and large problem sets. The Sun Fire X4100 server, with two AMD Opteron 285SE processors, posted a record SPECompM2001 score of 10,964 and surpassed the most recent IBM POWER5+-based p5 520 result of 8,174 by over 34% on the medium size problem set.

Two New World Record TPC and SPECjbb Benchmarks on Sun Fire E25K, E6900 Using Solaris 10 and Sun Studio 11 Compilers; Superior Price/Performance Results

These results demonstrate the continued dominance of Sun UltraSPARC-based systems and Solaris OS on large SMP platforms and Oracle Database 10g with the most demanding enterprise application environments. Bolstered by Solaris 10, Sun's advanced multi-platform, open source OS, and new Sun Studio 11 software compilers, the E25K is further optimized for record-setting performance and throughput maximization. The system was able to deliver 20 GB/sec I/O bandwidth which demonstrates the capability of Solaris 10 and the StorEdge 3510 array to deliver real world I/O performance.

09/12/2005 World Record floating point performance for all x86-compatible systems

On the compute intensive industry-standard SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, the Sun Fire X4100 server has achieved SPECfp2000 result of 2,344, setting a new world record for all x86-compatible systems, as of September 12, 2005. The Sun Fire X4100 server demonstrates at least 30% performance benefit when compared to the competitive servers outfitted with the Intel Xeon EM64T-capable family of processors. Specifically, on the floating point test, the Sun Fire X4100 server tops the performance of Dell PowerEdge 2850 and IBM xSeries 346 servers (1780 and 1807 respectively). Moreover, the new server easily surpasses the competitive systems powered by AMD Opteron processor, such as the HP Proliant DL145 G2 with a score of 2084, by over 12%. This result also highlights the combined power of the Sun Studio 11 software and Solaris 10 OS duo. The Sun Studio 11 software is the latest release of compilers and performance analysis tools optimized for the Solaris 10 operating system running on the latest Sun Fire servers.

09/12/2005 World Record floating point throughput performance for all 2-way x86-compatible systems

On the compute intensive industry-standard SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, the Sun Fire X4100 server has achieved SPECfp_rate2000 result of 53.8, setting a new world record for all 2-way x86-compatible systems, as of September 12, 2005. The server, motivated by the Sun Studio 11 software, the latest release of compilers and performance analysis tools optimized for the Solaris 10 OS, has over 1.7 times the performance of Dell PowerEdge 1850 and HP DL360G4 servers and up to 1.68 times the performance of an IBM xSeries 336 server.

Additionally, when equipped with the multi-core AMD Opteron Processors SE model 280, the Sun Fire X4100 server has posted the SPECfp_rate2000 result of 79.1 and demonstrated more than 1.5 times the performance of the competitive servers outfitted with the Intel Itanium2 or Xeon EM64T-capable family of processors. Specifically, on the floating point throughput test, the Sun Fire X4100 server tops the performance of Dell PowerEdge 6850 and HP rx1620-2 (52.5 and 50.4 respectively).

09/12/2005 Top result on 2-thread SPEC OMPM2001 HPC benchmark

On the SPEC OMPM2001 benchmark, that is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers executing compute-intensive scientific applications, the Sun Fire X4100 server with two SINGLE-CORE AMD Opteron 254 processors produced a score of 7,612 and set the new World Record in 2-thread category. The benchmark represents a collection of applications that are used in high-energy physics, weather modeling, computational chemistry, mechanical design and several other areas. Not surprisingly, the 20 years of Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) systems expertise in combination with Solaris 10 OS features like Memory Placement Optimization (MPO) and Sun Studio 10 compiler software, allowed Sun's server to shine on this HPC (High-Performance Computing) workload.

04/21/2005 Top result on 8-thread SPEC OMPM2001 HPC benchmark

On the SPEC OMPM2001 benchmark, that is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers executing compute-intensive scientific applications, the Sun Fire V40z server with four dual-core chips produced a score of 17,230 and set the new World Record in 8-thread category, overstepping the dual chip dual core Power5-based IBM eServer OpenPower 720 score of 10,750, by over 60%. The benchmark represents a collection of applications that are used in high-energy physics, weather modeling, computational chemistry, mechanical design and several other areas. Not surprisingly, the 20 years of Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) systems expertise in combination with Solaris 10 OS features like Memory Placement Optimization (MPO) and Sun Studio 10 compiler software, allowed Sun's server to shine on this HPC (High-Performance Computing) workload.

04/21/2005 World Record floating point performance for all 8-way x86-compatible systems

On the compute intensive industry-standard SPEC CPU2000 benchmark, the Sun Fire V40z server has achieved SPECfp_rate2000 result of 138, setting a new world record for all 8-way x86-compatible systems, as of April 21, 2005. This record outshines the previous top score of 41.1, which was set by the Intel Xeon MP-based HP ProLiant DL740 server, by over 3x. The enhanced 4-socket server, equipped with the dual-core Opteron processors, demonstrates more than double the performance of the single-core 4-socket competitive servers outfitted with the newest Intel Xeon MP EM64T-capable family of processors. Specifically, Sun Fire V40z server tops the performance of HP ProLiant ML570 G3 and Dell PowerEdge 6850 servers (52.6 and 52.5 respectively) by over 2.5x on the floating point throughput test.

Additionally, for the enterprises with a high demand for space, the new 8-way configuration will allow to achieve up to 2x performance gain in the same footprint, when compared with the Sun Fire V40z server running single-core Opteron processors at the same clock speed. This result also highlights the combined power of the Sun Studio 10 software and Solaris 10 OS duo. Deployed on the latest Sun Fire servers, this combination allow Sun's customers to experience significant performance boost, when compared with the results obtained under Linux using other compiler suites.

03/29/2005 Two World Records on SPEC OMPM2001 benchmark in the two- and four-thread categories

The Sun Studio 10 software and Solaris 10 OS dynamic duo coupled with the latest Sun Fire servers delivers two new world record SPEC OMPM2001 results. Sun's customers now can reap the performance benefits of the Sun Studio 10 software compiler, which provided an 11 percent performance boost on the same hardware configuration. The comparison is based on the previous top SPECompM2001 result of 11,223, which was obtained under Linux using the third-party compiler suite. The SPEC OMPM2001 benchmark suite consists of 11 High Performance Computing (HPC) applications written in C and FORTRAN. All of them use the OpenMP programming model and were compiled using the Sun Studio 10 software. The Sun Fire V40z server, which provides excellent deployment platform for a number of high-performance and compute-intensive applications, equipped with four single core chips, produced a SPECompM2001 result of 12,434 and with the two single core chips, posted a SPECompM2001 result of 7,129.

03/29/2005 4-way 64-bit World Record on SPEC JBB2000 benchmark

The Sun Fire V40z server set a new high watermark score of 116,142 JBBops/s claiming a four-way 64-bit World Record on the SPEC JBB2000 benchmark, which measures the implementation of the Java Virtual Machine, as well as the performance of the underlying operating system and the scalability of the system's processors and memory. This new record clearly demonstrates that Solaris 10 and Java 2 Platform Standard Edition(J2SE 5.0), compiled using Sun Studio 10 software, can deliver better results than Linux when used in combination with top-performing servers from Sun.

02/01/2005 World Record SPEC OMPM2001 result for all systems executing two parallel threads

The Sun Fire V20z server, configured with two AMD Opteron Model 250 processors and running Solaris 10 OS, achieved a new World Record SPEC OMPM2001 result of 6,033 for all systems executing two parallel threads, as of February 1, 2005. SPEC OMPM2001, is a key benchmark that is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers executing compute-intensive scientific applications. It represents a collection of C and FORTRAN applications that employ the OpenMP programming model and used in high-energy physics, weather modeling, computational chemistry, mechanical design and several other areas. These applications were compiled using the latest Sun Studio 10 development environment, which contributed to as much as a 20 percent boost in performance, when compared with Sun's 2-thread Linux-based result of 5,000.

(Updated June 6, 2007)