SPARC T3-2 Server Tops Industry-Standard SPECweb2005 Benchmark


(As of Thursday, 02 December 2010)

Oracle's SPARC T3-2 server posted a world record on the SPECweb2005 benchmark, the industry-standard measure of Web server performance. Powered by the industry's first 16-core SPARC T3 processor, the two-socket system outperformed all competitive Web servers. These leading performance results demonstrate the effectiveness of combining Oracle Solaris, Oracle iPlanet Web Server, and Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology to build an ultimate platform for the deployment of secure Web services.


SPECweb2005 is the industry-standard benchmark for evaluating Web server performance. The benchmark simulates multiple user sessions accessing a Web server and generating static and dynamic HTTP requests. The major features of SPECweb2005 are:

  • Measures simultaneous user
  • Dynamic content: currently PHP and JSP implementations
  • Page images requested using 2 parallel HTTP connections
  • Multiple, standardized workloads: Banking (HTTPS), E-commerce (HTTP and HTTPS), and Support (HTTP)
  • Simulates browser caching effects
  • File accesses more accurately simulate today's disk access patterns


Competitive Comparisons Table

  SPARC T3-2 Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S6 HP DL585 G7 IBM BladeCenter HS22
Processor SPARC T3 Intel Xeon X5680 AMD Opteron 6128 HE Intel Xeon X5570
Number of Processors 2 2 4 2
Operating System Oracle Solaris 10 Red Hat Linux Red Hat Linux Red Hat Linux
Web Server Software Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7 Rock Web Server v1.4.8 Rock Web Server v1.4.9 Rock Web Server v1.4.9
SPECweb2005 Performance (Composite) 113,857 104,422 105,586 75,155
  • Oracle's newest two-socket, 3RU server, the SPARC T3-2, combined with Oracle iPlanet Web Server and Oracle Solaris, create the highest performing and most efficient Web serving platform available in the industry.
  • The table above indicates that the two-processor SPARC T3-2 server, the first 256-thread general-purpose server in the industry, outperforms competitive x86 dual-and quad-socket servers equipped with the latest quad-, six- and eight-core processors, based on x86 architecture. The SPARC T3-2 server is 9% faster than the best 2-socket competitive server and 8% faster than the leading 4-socket server result.
  • Oracle's breakthrough solution runs Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7 and Java HotSpot server software on top of Oracle Solaris, representing a solid and commercially viable solution ready to be deployed in a production environment. This is in contrast to competing results listed in the table above which rely on Rock Web Server running on top of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • The SPARC T3-2 server with two SPARC T3 processors is 8% faster than the HP ProLiant DL585 G7 server equipped with four AMD 6128HE processors and 9% faster than the Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX300 S6 with two 3.33 GHz Intel X5680 processors. Against these competing offerings, Oracle’s solution demonstrates superior performance on core-to-core and socket-to-socket basis, respectively.
  • IBM has not published any POWER6 or POWER7-based results on the SPECweb2005 benchmark.
  • Oracle iPlanet Web Server is high-performance, highly scalable Web server software selected by enterprises worldwide for its security, reliability, and manageability. Oracle iPlanet Web Server software has strong security features and data center management capabilities, including cluster management, fail-over, automatic recovery, dynamic log rotation, and more, and is often chosen as a secure web-tier front end to the business logic tier implemented via Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application servers.
  • The SPARC T3-2 server has obtained a world record performance result of 113,857 using two of Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays for storing both the target file set and log files. Since SPECweb2005 benchmark is designed to measure Web server performance on the system under test (SUT), it does not take into account the power or space required by external storage that was used to produce benchmark results. For a large number of supported user sessions, including the SPARC T3-2 server result, storage represents a significant part of the overall solution. However, by using only two Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays in this configuration, Oracle was able to reduce the overall storage footprint to a mere 2RU, making this an ideal solution for power- and space-constrained data centers.
  • This result demonstrates that the SPARC T3-2 server, running Oracle Solaris and Oracle iPlanet Web Server and based on the SPARC T3 processor, which packs all the key functions of an entire system on a single chip, including computing, networking, security, and IO, can support thousands of concurrent Web server sessions. This makes Oracle an industry leader in Web serving that is uniquely positioned to offer high-performance, enterprise-quality solutions from a single provider.

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