Lenovo ThinkSystem Servers: 88 Performance World RecordsArticle

Published
8 Nov 2017
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LP0810
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Abstract

Lenovo ThinkSystem continues its lead in data center performance by setting an additional 46 world record benchmarks. Lenovo now holds a total of 88 total #1 claims (as of November 8, 2017) with systems ranging from 1S to 8S and workloads ranging from Big Data Analytics to Infrastructure Virtualization.

Introduction

The Lenovo ThinkSystem servers currently hold 88 Performance World Records as of November 8, 2017. These World Records are in the areas of Business Processing, Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure Virtualization, Server Side Java and General and Technical Computing.

46 of these are new #1 benchmarks and 42 are maintained as #1 benchmarks.

These world-record benchmark results with the ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 rack servers, shown below, as well as the ThinkSystem SD530 dense server, SR630 and SR850 rack servers, and the SN550 blade server. All ThinkSystem servers are based on the Intel Xeon Scalable Family of processors.

ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers
Figure 1. ThinkSystem SR950 (top) and SR650 (bottom)

The Lenovo ThinkSystem servers World Record Benchmarks are described in the following sections.

Business Processing - 5 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 have five world record benchmarks for Business Processing.

TPC-E benchmarks

The Lenovo results:

  • Overall Performance and 4-Socket Price/Performance - Two world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered the best performance result ever (all servers) and the best ever 4P price/performance TPC-E benchmark result.

  • 2-Socket Performance and Overall Price/Performance - Two world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 holds the best performance result ever on the 2P TPC-E performance and overall (all servers) price/performance benchmark result.

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.

Read the new TPC-E 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the existing TPC-E 2-Socket performance benchmark report

SAP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD) Benchmark

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket Performance - World Record on Windows

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered the best 4P performance result on Windows in the SAP Sales and Distribution Benchmark.

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.

Read the new SAP Sales and Distribution 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Big Data Analytics - 37 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 have has 37 world record Big Data Analytics benchmarks.

SAP HANA (BWoH)

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket Performance - Six world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 holds 6 performance world records with the 4 socket SAP HANA BWoH benchmark. This includes data load, query throughput and query runtime in two different data volumes.

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.

Read the new SAP HANA BWoH 4-Socket 1.3 Billion Records benchmark report

Read the new SAP HANA BWoH 4-Socket 2.6 Billion Records benchmark report

STAC-M3 Shasta Suite

The Lenovo results:

  • 4-Socket performance - 16 world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 holds 16 world records for the “big memory” STAC-M3 benchmark. This combines the SR950 new benchmark results and the ones previously published on July 11, 2017 that remain world records.

  • 2-Socket performance - 15 world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 holds 15 performance world records with the Antuco suite of the STAC-M3 benchmark

About this benchmark: The STAC-M3 Benchmark suite is the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time series data. 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.

Read the new STAC-M3 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the existing STAC-M3 2-Socket performance benchmark report

Infrastructure Virtualization - 8 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 have eight world record Infrastructure Virtualization benchmarks.

SPECvirt_sc2013 

The Lenovo results:

  • 8-Socket performance - Three world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered world record performance, performance per watt and server performance per watt on the 8P SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark.

  • 4-Socket performance - Two world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered two world record performance per watt and server performance per watt on the 4P SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark.

  • 2-Socket - Three world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered world record performance and performance per watt and server performance per watt on the 2P SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark.

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 VIRT 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.

Read the new SPECvirt 8 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECvirt 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECvirt 2 Socket performance benchmark report

Server-side Java - 19 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 and SR950 has set 19 World Records for the SPECjbb Server-side Java benchmark.

SPECjbb 2015

The Lenovo results:

  • 8-Socket performance - Four world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 holds 4 world records for 8P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 4-Socket performance - Five world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 holds 5 world records for 4P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 2-Socket performance, Four world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 holds 4 world records for 2P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 1-Socket performance, Six world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 set 6 world records for 1P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

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.

Read the new SPECjbb 2015 8 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECjbb 2015 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECjbb 2015 2 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECjbb 2015 1 Socket performance benchmark report

General Computing - 16 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem have set 16 new world records General Computing benchmarks.

SPEC CPU2006 and CPU2017 

The Lenovo results:

  • 8-Socket performance - Five world records (3x SPEC CPU2017, 2x SPEC CPU2006)

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 holds 8P world records for compute-intensive applications with the SPEC CPU benchmarks. This include SPECspeed2017_int_base, SPECspeed2017_fp_base, SPECrate2017_fp_base, SPECint_base _2006 and SPECfp_base2006

  • 4-Socket performance - Two world records (SPEC CPU2017)

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered two 4P world records for compute-intensive applications with the SPEC CPU2017 benchmark. This includes SPECint_rate_base2017 and SPECfp_rate_base2017.

  • 2-Socket Performance - World record (SPEC CPU2017)

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR630 delivered a 2P world record for compute-intensive applications with the CPU2017, SPECspeed2017_fp_base benchmark.

  • 1-Socket Performance - Four world records (3x SPEC CPU2017 and 1x CPU2006)

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 and SR630 delivered four 1P world records for compute-intensive applications with the CPU2017 benchmark. This includes SPECrate2017_int_base, SPECint_rate_base2006, SPECspeed2017_int_base, SPECspeed2017_fp_base

About these benchmarks:

SPEC CPU 2017 contains SPEC's next-generation, industry-standardized, CPU intensive suites for measuring and comparing compute intensive performance, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem and compiler. CPU2017 has 43 benchmarks, organized into four suites. SPEC designed these suites to provide a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance across the widest practical range of hardware using workloads developed from real user applications.

The SPEC CPU 2006 benchmark is an older industry-standardized, CPU-intensive benchmark suite, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem and compiler. It provides 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).

Read the new SPECcpu 2017 - 8 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECcpu 2006 - 8 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECcpu 2017 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECcpu 2017 2 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPECcpu 2017 1 Socket performance benchmark SR630 report

Read the new SPECcpu 2017 1 Socket performance benchmark SR650 report

Read the new SPECcpu 2006 1 Socket performance benchmark report

SPEC Power

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance - World record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark.

  • 4-Socket performance - World record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR850 delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark.

  • 2 Socket/4 Node - World record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 4 node holds a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark.

  • 2 Socket/14 Node - World record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SN550 14 node delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark.

About this benchmark: The SPECpower_ssj 2008 benchmark suite measures the power and performance characteristics of server-class computer equipment. It is used to compare power and performance among different servers and serves as a toolset for use in improving server efficiency

Why it matters: The IT industry, computer manufacturers, and governments are increasingly concerned with the energy use of servers. This benchmark provides a means to measure power (at the AC input) in conjunction with a performance metric. This helps IT managers to consider power characteristics along with other selection criteria to increase the efficiency of data centers.

Read the new SPEC Power – 1 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPEC Power – 4 Socket performance benchmark report

Read the new SPEC Power – 2 Socket/14 Node performance benchmark report

Read the existing SPEC Power - 2 Socket/4 Node performance benchmark report

Technical Computing - 3 records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem have set 3 new world record Technical Computing benchmarks.

SPECompG 2012

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket performance - World record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered a world record for the SPEC OMP2012 benchmark.

About this benchmark: The SPECompG 2012 benchmark is designed for measuring performance using applications based on the OpenMP 3.1 standard for shared-memory parallel processing. The benchmark includes 14 scientific and engineering application codes, covering everything from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to molecular modeling to image manipulation.

Why it matters: If you are running scientific or engineering applications, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for these workloads.

Read the new SPECompG – performance benchmark report

SPECmpiM

The Lenovo result:

  • 2-Socket performance - Two world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 holds two world record for the SPECmpiM benchmark. This includes SR650 single and two node benchmarks.

About this benchmark: The SPECmpiM 2007 benchmark suite is for evaluating MPI-parallel, floating point, compute intensive performance across a wide range of cluster and SMP hardware. This suite gives users the most objective and representative benchmark suite for measuring and comparing high-performance computer systems.

Why it matters: If you are running compute intensive technical workloads, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server measuring the CPUs, MPI library, communication interconnect, memory architecture, compilers and file system.

Read the new SPECmpiM – performance benchmark report

About the author

Randall Lundin is the Mission Critical Product Manager in the Lenovo Data Center Group. He is responsible for managing and planning Lenovo’s 4-socket and 8-socket servers. Randall has also authored and contributed to numerous Lenovo Press publications in the Mission Critical space.