Sun Fire X4170 Server Posts Leading Score on Compute-Intensive SPECint2006 Benchmark


(As of Tuesday, 14 April 2009)

Oracle’s Sun Fire X4170 server, equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors, produced the new world record SPECint2006 score of 36.8.


The SPEC CPU2006 benchmark exercises a computer's processor, memory architecture, and compilers on a variety of real-world, compute-intensive workloads and consists of two benchmark suites. One suite measures and compares compute-intensive integer performance and the other measures and compares floating point performance. For each of these suites, two metrics are collected. One measures how fast the computer completes a single task and the other measures how many tasks a computer can accomplish in a certain amount of time (the throughput).


  • The compound effect of using the most advanced Intel Xeon X5500 series processors in conjunction with OpenSolaris and the latest version compiler software — Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 — propelled the Sun Fire X4170 server to the top position on SPEC's integer benchmark.
  • Oracle utilized the freely available community-based version of the OS — OpenSolaris. Additionally, freely available Oracle Solaris Studio compiler software that includes the latest features and capabilities, was instrumental in landing this groundbreaking result.
  • OpenSolaris 2008.11 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 compiler software used to produce this record-breaking result are available for download free of charge.

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