Lenovo X6 Delivers 10 World RecordsArticle

Published
24 Feb 2017
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LP0623
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Abstract

The Lenovo x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 deliver two new SAP World Record Benchmarks as well as a new Java and SPECcpu world record benchmarks. This article summarizes the X6 World Record benchmarks as of February 7, 2017.

Introduction

The Lenovo x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 are designed for maximum performance and up-time for applications and cloud deployments. The X6 solution provides a powerful platform for mission-critical applications, one that is ideal for customers who are looking for reliability, manageability and scalability with the flexibility to run Windows or Linux and designed to be fast, agile and resilient.

Lenovo just recently posted two new X6 World Record SAP benchmarks. One in the Business Processing category (SAP Sales and Distribution) and one in the area of Big Data Analytics (SAP Business Warehouse Edition for SAP HANA Benchmark).  In addition Lenovo also published a new Java (SPECjbb2015-Distributed) world record and a SPECcpu world record benchmarks.

Lenovo x3850 X6 and x3950 X6 servers

The Lenovo x3850/x3950 X6 systems currently hold the 10 World Record Benchmarks* as described below.

Business Processing

The Lenovo X6 systems have two world record Business Processing benchmarks.

1. New! SAP Sales and Distribution Benchmark – 8 Socket World Record*

The Lenovo 8-Socket x3950 X6 server using Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processors delivered 28% performance improvement over the previous-generation Lenovo system and 4% improvement over E7-8890 v4 processors for the SAP sales and distribution (SD) 2-tier standard application benchmark in a Windows environment for an 8-socket world record.

About this benchmark: SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmarks test the hardware and database performance of SAP applications and components. SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) is a hardware-independent unit of measurement that describes the performance of a system in creating the order, creating a delivery note for the order, displaying the order, changing the delivery, posting a goods issue, listing orders, and creating an invoice.

Why it matters: If you are running SAP Business Suite applications, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for processing business transaction workflows in an SAP environment.

2. TPC-E – 4 socket World Record*

The Lenovo 4-socket x3850 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processors delivered a 4P TPC-E benchmark performance record.

About this benchmark: The TPC-E benchmark is designed to enable clients to more objectively measure and compare the performance and price of various OLTP systems. The TPC-E benchmark uses a database to model a brokerage firm with customers who generate transactions related to trades, account inquiries, and market research. Although the underlying business model of TPC-E is a brokerage firm, the database schema, data population, transactions, and implementation rules have been designed to be broadly representative of modern OLTP systems.

Why it matters: If you are running On-Line Transaction Processing workloads and databases, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for your data-intensive OLTP transactions.

Big Data Analytics

The Lenovo X6 systems have two world record Big Data Analytics benchmarks.

3. New! SAP Business Warehouse Edition for SAP HANA Benchmark – Overall World Record*

The Lenovo 4-Socket x3850 X6 server using Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processors delivered industry leadership performance for SAP BW Edition for SAP HANA Benchmark for 1.3B data volume in single-node setup. The Lenovo 4-socket x3850 X6 delivered leadership performance for all three key performance indicators. (Total Runtime of Data load/Transformation, Query Executions per hour and Total Runtime of Complex Query phase) for 1.3 billion records.

About this benchmark: The SAP BW Edition for SAP HANA (BW/4HANA) Standard Application Benchmark is the latest addition to the list of SAP BW benchmarks and goes well beyond the scope and features used in the BW-AML benchmark. The new benchmark is designed to fully utilize the new capabilities of SAP HANA to process the benchmark workload. The benchmark consists of three phases data load, query throughput and query runtime.

Why it matters: If you are running SAP HANA, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server specifically for your SAP HANA memory intensive database and analytics workloads.

4. STAC-M3 Shasta Suite - Overall World Record*

The Lenovo 4-Socket x3850 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processors delivered world records with the STAC-M3 benchmark.

About this benchmark: The STAC-M3 benchmarks measures challenging areas such as time-series analytics, risk simulations, and processing of very high-speed data. The key metric is query response time. In particular STAC benchmarks test high-speed analytics on time-series data -- tick-by-tick market data. The benchmark is used by large global banks, brokerage houses, exchanges, hedge funds, proprietary trading shops, and other market participants.

Why it matters: If you are processing high speed financial services or securities, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server to process your high speed analytics and financial transactions.

Infrastructure Virtualization

The Lenovo X6 systems have two world record Infrastructure Virtualization benchmarks.

5. SPECvirt_sc2013 – Overall World Record*

The Lenovo 8-Socket x3950 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processors delivered leadership enterprise class performance for virtualization environments with the world-record SPECvirt_sc2013 overall result.

6. SPECvirt_sc2013 – 4 Socket World Record*

The Lenovo 4-Socket x3850 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8890 v4 processors delivered leadership enterprise class performance for virtualization environments with world-record SPECvirt_sc2013 4 socket results.

About this benchmark: The SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark measures the end-to-end performance of all system components including the hardware, virtualization platform, and the virtualized guest operating system and application software. SPECvirt_sc2013 is the second-generation SPEC benchmark for evaluating the virtualization performance of datacenter server consolidation, including enterprise class workloads.

Why it matters: If you are virtualizing multiple workloads, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for memory intensive virtualized environments.

Server-side JAVA

The Lenovo X6 systems have one world record Server-side JAVA benchmarks.

7. New! SPECjbb 2015 Distributed Max jOPS - Overall World Record*

The Lenovo 4-socket x3850 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processors delivered leadership max jOPS four-processor (4P) performance results for the SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmark.

About this benchmark: The SPECjbb2015 benchmark has been developed from the ground up to measure performance based on the latest Java application features. It is relevant to all audiences who are interested in Java server performance, including JVM vendors, hardware developers, Java application developers, researchers and members of the academic community.

Why it matters: If you are interested Java server performance, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for the latest Java application response time and throughput.

General and Technical Computing

The Lenovo X6 systems have three world record General and Technical Computing benchmarks.

8. New! SPECint_rate_base2006 – Lenovo x3850 X6 - 2 socket world record*

The Lenovo x3850 X6 using two Intel Xeon E7-8894 v4 processors delivered leadership for compute-intensive applications with the SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark.

9. SPECint_base2006 – Lenovo x3950 X6 - 8 socket world record*

10. SPECfp_base2006 – Lenovo x3950 X6 - 8 socket world record*

The 8-socket Lenovo x3950 X6 using Intel Xeon E7-8891 v4 processors delivered leadership for compute-intensive applications with the SPECint_base2006 and SPECfp_base2006 benchmarks.

About this benchmark: The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark is an industry-standardized, CPU-intensive benchmark suite, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem and compiler. It provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance across the widest practical range of hardware using workloads developed from real user applications. SPECfp is the floating point measurement of SPECcpu focusing on highly scientific workloads. SPECint is the integer component of SPECcpu focusing on integer-math based workloads.

Why it matters: If you are running compute-intensive workloads, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for how fast a server completes a task (speed) and/or how much a server can accomplish in a certain time (throughput or rate measurement).

About the author

Randall Lundin is the Mission Critical Product Manager in Lenovo Data Center Group. His responsibilities include managing and planning Lenovo’s 4-socket and 8-socket servers.

* Footnotes

Claim based on best-published two-socket SPECint_rate_base2006 benchmark published at https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 2x Intel Xeon processor E7-8894 v4 (24 cores, 48 threads) on Lenovo System x3850 X5 with 256 GB memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1, using Version 17.0.0.098 of Intel C/C++ Compiler for Linux, Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2017q1/cpu2006-20170124-46535.pdf. SPECint_rate_base2006 score 1840.

Claim based on best-published 8-socket SPECint_base2006 benchmark published at https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 8x Intel Xeon processor E7-8891 v4 (10 cores, 20 threads) on Lenovo System x3950 X6 with 1024 GB memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1, using Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel C/C++ Studio XE for Linux, Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2016q3/cpu2006-20160809-43451.pdf. SPECint_base2006 score: 71.1.

Claim based on best-published 8-socket SPECfp_base2006 benchmark published at https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 8x Intel Xeon processor E7-8891 v4 (10 cores, 20 threads) on Lenovo System x3950 X6 with 1024 GB memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1, using Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel C/C++ Studio XE for Linux, Version 16.0.0.101 of Intel Fortran Studio XE for Linux, Source: https://www.spec.org/cpu2006/results/res2016q3/cpu2006-20160809-43447.pdf. SPECfp_base2006 score: 129.

Claim based on best four-socket published SPECjbb2015 Distributed max-jOPS published at https://www.spec.org/jbb2015/results/ as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 4 x Intel Xeon processor E7-8894 v4 on Lenovo System x3850 X6 with 512 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP1 using Java HotSpot 64-bit Server VM, version 1.8.0_111. http://www.spec.org/jbb2015/results/res2017q1/jbb2015-20170118-00140.html. SPECjbb2015 - Distributed scores: 224,892 max-jOPS and 75,274 critical-jOPS

Claim based on best-published 8-socket SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark result on Microsoft Windows published at http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 2-tier, 8x Intel Xeon processor E7-8894 v4 (192 cores/384 threads) on Lenovo System x3950 X6 with 2048 GB total memory on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and IBM DB2 10.1. Benchmark: SAP SD 2-Tier enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0. Source: Certification #2017002, http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx. Score: 77,098 benchmark users.

Claim based on best-published SAP BW edition for SAP HANA Standard Application Benchmark @ 1.3 billion initial records result published at http://global.sap.com/solutions/benchmark as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 4x Intel Xeon processor E7-8894 v4 (96 cores/192 threads) on Lenovo System x3850 X6 with 2048 GB total memory on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 using SAP HANA 1.0, SAP NetWeaver 7.50. Benchmark: SAP BW for SAP HANA @ 1.3B initial records, Source: Certification #2017003, http://www.sap.com/solution/benchmark/appbm/netweaver.sap-bw-edition-for-sap-hana-standard-application.html. Score: Runtime of Data Load/Trans (14,939 secs), Query Executions per Hour (4,273), Runtime of Complex Query (154 seconds).

Claim based on best-published 8-socket SPECvirt_sc2013 results published at https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/ as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 8x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 on Lenovo System x3950 X6 with 4096 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 (KVM). Source: https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2016q3/virt_sc2013-20160830-00062-perf.html, SPECvirt_sc2013 score: 8284 @ 462 VMs.

Claim based on best-published SPECvirt_sc2013 results published at https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/ as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 4x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 on Lenovo System x3850 X6 with 2048 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 (KVM). Source: https://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2016q3/virt_sc2013-20160913-00063-perf.html, SPECvirt_sc2013 score: 4377 @ 247 VMs.

Claim based on best-published four-socket TPC Benchmark E results published at http://www.tpc.org/tpce/results/tpce_perf_results.asp as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 4x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 on Lenovo System x3850 X6 with 4096 GB total memory on Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard using SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition. Availability: July 31, 2016. Source: http://www.tpc.org/4078. Score: 9,068 tpsE, at a price /performance ratio of $139.85 USD/tpsE.

Claim based on best-published STAC-M3 15 world records (Shasta Suite) at http://www.stacresearch.com/m3 as of 7 February 2017. New configuration: 1-Node, 4x Intel Xeon processor E7-8890 v4 on Lenovo System x3850 X6 with 6144 GB total memory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2-kernel 3.10.0-327 using Kx Systems kdb+ 3.3 software. STAC-M3 Tick Analytics Benchmarks, Shasta Suite (15 of 15 benchmarks required) source: http://www.STACresearch.com/KDB160425.