ThinkSystem SR950 Sets World Record with New One-Node 3-Socket SPECmpiM ResultPerformance Benchmark Result

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The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 has set a new one-node 3-socket performance world record with the SPECmpiM_base2007 metric from the MPI M2007 suite of the SPEC MPI 2007 Benchmark.

This document summarizes the SPECmpiM benchmark result for the ThinkSystem SR950 that was published on April 2, 2019. The document lists the result, summarizes the major components of the configuration under test, and provides the link to the relevant benchmark organization’s web site for details about the result.


Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 has set a new one-node 3-socket performance world record with the SPECmpiM_base2007 metric from the MPI M2007 suite of the SPEC MPI 2007 Benchmark. The SPECmpiM Benchmark suite is the industry standard to evaluate MPI-parallel, floating point, compute intensive performance across a wide range of cluster and SMP hardware.

This new benchmark result, published in a new SPEC Report on April 2, 2019, demonstrate that the ThinkSystem SR950 continues Lenovo’s leadership with outstanding performance for the server industry.

The ThinkSystem SR950 has achieved the following score (1):

  • SPECmpiM_base2007 = 28.6

This result is the best one-node 3-socket performance in the industry, 5.5% faster than Lenovo’s own result publish on September 2018.

Table 1. Comparison of results
System Result
Cores CPUs Memory
Lenovo (1) ThinkSystem SR950 (Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L, DDR4-2933 MHz, HT Off, Turbo on) 28.6 84 3 576
Lenovo (2) ThinkSystem SR950 (Intel Xeon Platinum 8180, DDR4-2666 MHz, HT Off, Turbo on) 27.1 84 3 576

The SR950 was configured as follows for the benchmark audit:

  • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950
  • 3x Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L Processors (28 cores, 2.70GHz)
  • 576 GB memory (36 x 16GB RDIMMs @ 2933MHz)
  • 960GB NVMe SSD
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 7.6, Kernel 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64

Results referenced are current as of April 2, 2019.

(1) The new Lenovo benchmark result can be found at:

(2) The previous Lenovo benchmark result can be found at:

About the ThinkSystem SR950

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 is designed for your most demanding, mission-critical workloads, such as in-memory databases, large transactional databases, batch and real-time analytics, ERP, CRM, and virtualized server workloads. The powerful 4U ThinkSystem SR950 can grow from two to eight second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Family processors, and with 96 DIMM sockets, supports up to 24 TB of high-speed memory. The modular design of SR950 speeds upgrades and servicing with easy front or rear access to all major subsystems to maximize server availability. The ThinkSystem SR950 also supports Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory delivering a new, flexible tier of memory designed specifically for data center workloads that offer an unprecedented combination of high-capacity, affordability and persistence.

The SR950 packs numerous fault-tolerant and high-availability features into a high-density, 4U rack-optimized design that reduces the space needed to support massive network computing operations and simplify servicing. Lenovo XClarity Controller is an all-new hardware embedded management engine common in every ThinkSystem server. XClarity Controller features an uncluttered graphical user interface, industry standard Redfish-compliant REST APIs, and enables booting in half the time of prior generation servers, with up to 6x faster firmware updates.

Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a virtualized application that centrally manages ThinkSystem servers, storage, and networking. Via reusable patterns and policies, it ramps up and scales infrastructure provisioning and maintenance. It serves as a central integration point to extend your data center management processes to physical IT. Running XClarity Integrators in external IT applications, or integrating through REST APIs, helps you further speed services provisioning, streamline IT management, and contain costs.

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About SPECmpiM

The SPEC MPI 2007 benchmark suite evaluates Message-Passing Interface (MPI)-parallel, floating point, compute-intensive performance across a wide range of cluster and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server hardware. This suite continues the SPEC tradition of giving users the most objective and representative benchmark suite for measuring and comparing high-performance computer systems.

SPEC MPI 2007 focuses on performance of compute intensive applications using the MPI, which means this benchmark emphasizes the performance of all of the following:

  • Type of processor
  • Number of computer processors
  • MPI Library
  • Communication interconnect
  • Memory architecture
  • Compiler used
  • Type of shared file system

The benchmark is not intended to stress other computer components such as the operating system, graphics, or the I/O system.

For more information about SPEC MPI 2007, see

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