Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server Delivered Two World Record Results on Industry-Standard SPEC CPU2006 Benchmark


(As of Tuesday, 13 October 2009)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, equipped with 64 2.88GHz SPARC64 VII processors and running Oracle Solaris 10, posted the best single-system UNIX result on the SPECint_rate_base2006 and SPECfp_rate_base2006 benchmarks.


SPEC CPU2006 is a CPU-intensive benchmark suite that stresses a system's processor, memory subsystem, and compiler. SPEC designed CPU2006 to provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance using workloads developed from actual end-user applications. The SPEC CPU2006 benchmark suite is made up of two sets of benchmarks: the first one simulates integer- intensive workloads and the second one simulates floating point-intensive workloads. Each benchmark set has two different metrics. The Speed metric captures execution of the benchmark workload using a single thread. The Rate gauges the throughput of a system by measuring how many workload streams can be run simultaneously and demonstrates how fast a system can complete the specified workload. Rate is further defined by Base and Optimized runs. Base uses the same compiler flags for all kernels, while Optimized runs use different compiler flags for each kernel. Results are compared against a baseline system run that was standardized by SPEC.


  Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 IBM p595
Number of Processors 64 32
Processor Frequency 2.88GHz 5.0GHz
SPECint_rate_base2006 2,400 1,820
SPECfp_rate_base2006 1,930 1,820
Operating System (OS) Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 AIX V6.1
Compiler Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 XL Enterprise Edition
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server utilized the latest versions of Oracle Solaris and Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 compiler software to produce a SPECint_rate_base2006 score of 2,400, the new single-system UNIX world record result.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server beat the best published SPECint_rate_base2006 result posted by POWER6-based IBM p595 server running UNIX by 32%.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server running 64 2.88GHz SPARC64 VII processors demonstrated a 15% improvement over its previously posted SPECint_rate_base2006 result of 2,088 achieved with 2.52GHz CPUs.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server running Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 compiler software also produced a single-system UNIX world record on the SPECfp_rate_base2006 benchmark.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server beat the best published SPECfp_rate_base2006 result of 1,820 posted by top-of-the-line 5.0GHz POWER6-based IBM Power 595 server running UNIX.

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