Sun Blade X6275 Server Module Posts Two World Speed Records on Floating Point and Integer Benchmarks
(As of Tuesday, 23 June 2009)
Oracle’s Sun Blade X6275 server module, designed for serious HPC workloads, outshines the competition and delivers the best ever single task floating-point and integer performance.
Each Sun Blade X6275 server module has two full-function compute nodes, each with two Intel Xeon processors, up to 96GB of high-speed memory, integrated IB QDR Host Channel Adapter (HCA) and Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and Oracle’s optional Sun Flash Module and Sun PCIe Express Module I/O. The configurability of the system ensures that each node within the blade module can most efficiently run compute-intensive, memory-intensive, communication-intensive, or I/O-intensive applications, so customers can address more diverse HPC workloads.
Using just one node within the Sun Blade X6275 server module, the advanced design delivers ultimate compute performance with two Intel Xeon 5500 series processors and OpenSolaris by setting world speed records for both integer and floating point on the industry-standard SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark.
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 (the speed) and the other measures how many tasks a computer can accomplish in a certain amount of time (throughput).
The innovative and integrated design of this system, in combination with OpenSolaris 2009.06 and Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 software — the Oracle development tool for Oracle Solaris and Linux — allowed one node within the Sun Blade X6275 server module (8 cores/2 chips/16 threads) to produce the record-breaking SPECint2006 score of 37.4 and the SPECfp2006 result of 50.8.
The compound effect of using the most advanced Intel Xeon X5500 series processors in conjunction with the latest versions of the OS and compiler software, OpenSolaris 2009.06 and the Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1, respectively, propelled the Sun Blade X6275 server module to the top positions on the compute-intensive SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark.
In addition to utilizing OpenSolaris 2009.06, the latest version of Oracle Studio compiler software was used to achieve these outstanding scores. Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 contains new features and enhancements to boost performance and simplify the creation of high-performance parallel applications for the latest multicore x86 and SPARC-based systems running on Oracle Solaris, Open Solaris, or Linux platforms.
The SPEC CPU2006 benchmark provides a broad variety of workloads such as protein sequencing, MPEG-4 decoding, XML processing, structural mechanics, and speech recognition.
The advanced features incorporated in OpenSolaris 2009.06 OS allowed Oracle’s Sun system to surpass competitive systems that were running at a higher CPU clock frequency.
Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 has set almost a dozen industry benchmark records to date, and in conjunction with OpenSolaris 2009.06 was instrumental in landing these new ground-breaking SPEC CPU2006 results.
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