Newest Sun Blade Module Earns Top x86 Marks on SPEC OMPM2001 Benchmark


(As of Tuesday, 14 April 2009)

Oracle’s dual-node Sun Blade X6275 server module, powered by the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series, was designed with ultimate density and performance in mind, the attributes desired by high performance computing (HPC) environments.

The Sun Blade X6275 server module delivered a new x86 world record on SPECompM2001 benchmark that demonstrated the multithreaded scalability of the system, the stability of OpenSolaris 2008.11, and Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1 support for OpenMP.

Each Sun Blade X6275 server module has two full-function compute nodes, each with two Intel Xeon Processor 5500 series processors, up to 96GB of high-speed memory, integrated IB QDR Host Channel Adapter (HCA), Gigabit Ethernet GbE), and Oracle’s optional Sun Flash Module and PCIe ExpressModule I/O. The configurability of the system ensures that the same blade module can run compute-intensive, memory-intensive, communication-intensive, or I/O-intensive applications, enabling customers to address more diverse HPC workloads.


The SPEC OMP benchmark includes workloads often used in high-energy physics, weather modeling, computational chemistry, and mechanical design, and consists of medium- and large-problem sets that stress the computer's processor, memory, compilers, and OpenMP implementation.


  • On a very popular medium problem set of this HPC benchmark the Sun Blade X6275 server module, equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors and running OpenSolaris 2008.11, posted the best x86 result.
  • Sun Blade X6275 server module (8 cores/2 chips/16 OMP threads) delivered a SPECompM2001 result of 48,097, using Oracle Solaris Studio 12 Update 1, which consists of performance tools, Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and C, C++, and Fortran compilers.
  • Oracle’s Sun x86 systems have been dominant on HPC compute-intensive workloads using superior compiler software that delivers the best performance by providing optimizations tailored to a specific hardware platform or microprocessor architecture.
  • Oracle utilized OpenSolaris and Oracle Solaris Studio to achieve this groundbreaking result.
  • The Sun Blade X6275 server module produced a SPECompMbase2001 result of 43,777, beating Cisco B200-M1 server (8 cores/2 chips/16 OMP threads) that was running Red Hat Enterprise Linux OS, using Intel Compiler 11.0 and posted a score of 43,593.
  • Moreover, compared to the system equipped with the previous generation of Intel Xeon processors, the Sun Blade X6275 server module offers 1.9x better performance on SPECompM2001 benchmark, as evident by SPECompM2001 score of 17,195 recorded on Oracle’s Sun Fire X2250 server (8 cores/2 chips/8 OMP threads), equipped with two Intel Xeon X5482 CPUs.

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