Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server Seizes Top Slot on SPECompL2001 Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Monday, 14 July 2008)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server equipped with 2.52GHz SPARC64 VII processors delivered a new world record SPECompL2001 result.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SPEC OMP2001 benchmark is an industry-standard test based on 11 high-performance computing applications. It is used to compare the performance of shared memory servers and represents a collection of applications that are used in high-energy physics, weather modeling, computational chemistry, mechanical design, and several other areas, and consists of Medium and Large problem sets. All C/C++ and Fortran applications in this suite use the OpenMP programming model that provides a portable, scalable model for developing parallel applications for platforms ranging from the desktop to the supercomputer. The OpenMP Application Program Interface (API) supports multi-platform shared-memory parallel programming in C/C++ and Fortran on all architectures, from the largest multi-socket servers to the smallest platforms.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

  • On the Large problem set, which was designed for measuring and comparing 8 through 128 processor systems, Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server equipped with 2.52GHz SPARC64 VII processors delivered a SPECompL2001 result of 1,456,653.
  • The benchmark result by the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, which was running 64 quad-core CPUs, pushed the software stack scalability to an unprecedented level, as demonstrated by Oracle Solaris Studio 12 running on top of Oracle Solaris 10.
  • Additionally, the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server posted an outstanding SPECompLbase2001 score of 1,250,890. The "base" scores are produced using less optimized benchmark binaries that were compiled under stricter guidelines. Although "base" scores may not reflect the ultimate performance of the system, some end users, who prefer to spend less time tuning their compiler optimizations, may find them more appealing.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 2.52GHz SPARC64 VII processors beat the best posted IBM p 570 result by 38% on the SPECompL2001 benchmark.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 2.52GHz SPARC64 VII processors bested the SGI Altix 4700 system equipped with the same number of Itanium2 cores, by 45% on the SPECompL2001 benchmark.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. SPEC and the benchmark name SPEComp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Competitive data obtained from http://www.spec.org as of the date located next to the respective claim. See the Website for latest results. For comparison purposes, the terms CPU, chip and processor are used interchangeably. Each socket can accommodate one chip. Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server (256 cores, 64 chips, 192/256 OMP threads, 2.52GHz) 1456653 SPECompL2001, 1250890 SPECompLbase2001. IBM POWER5+ p570 (64 cores, 32 chips, 128 OMP threads, 2.3GHz) 1056459 SPECompL2001. SGI Altix 4700 (256 cores, 128 chips, 256 OMP threads, 1.6GHz) 1005076 SPECompL2001.

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