Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server Outdistances Other Commercial Servers on the Prominent Linpack HPC Benchmark


(As of Monday, 14 July 2008)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with 64 quad-core SPARC64 VII processors running at 2.52GHz, and running Oracle Solaris Studio 12 software on top of Oracle Solaris 10, delivered a score of 2.023 TFLOPS on the Linpack Highly Parallel Computing benchmark. This achievement of over 2 trillions of floating-point operations per second is the highest ever score achieved by a standalone commercial server.


The Linpack benchmark solves a dense system of linear equation, allowing the user to scale the size of the problem and to optimize the software in order to achieve the best performance of a given machine. This benchmark is a highly parallel test designed to measure how fast a computer system can solve linear equations, a common task in engineering and scientific applications.


    The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server outperforms by nearly 2x the best published result of 1028.0 GFLOPS posted by IBM Power 595 POWER6 (32 x POWER6 5.0GHz processors, 64 cores) and beats the HP Integrity Superdome result of 745.5 GFLOPS (64 x Itanium2 1.6GHz processors, 128 cores) system by 2.7X. The architectural improvements of the new SPARC64 VII processors incorporated into the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server boosted the performance by nearly 2x when compared to the previous generation.

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