Lenovo ThinkSystem Continues to Lead the Industry in Performance and Driving Customer ValueArticle

Abstract

Lenovo servers continue the dominance of data center performance with 85 new #1 world record benchmarks in addition to the 51 current ThinkSystem world records with the first-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and 4 world record with the previous System x servers bringing the total Lenovo world records to 140 as of April 2, 2019.

The new performance records were achieved with Lenovo ThinkSystem servers using the second-generation Intel Xeon processor Scalable family CPUs. This outstanding performance is achieved with systems ranging from 1S to 8S and a variety of workloads ranging from Big Data Analytics to Infrastructure Virtualization.

Introduction

Lenovo ThinkSystem servers delivered an impressive 85 new performance world records. The 85 new world records are in addition to 51 current ThinkSystem world records with the first-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and 4 world records with the previous System x servers, bringing the total Lenovo World records to 140 as of April 2, 2019.

The 85 new world records is more than 2X any other server vendor in the market. The 140 total world records is more than 1.5X any other server vendor in the market.

These #1 world record benchmarks are based on a variety of workloads and include Business Processing, Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure Virtualization, Server Side Java and General and Technical Computing.

The latest world record benchmarks were based on the new second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors which offer an increased performance over its previous generation and support for faster 2933MHz TruDDR4 memory. ThinkSystem servers also support 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.

Lenovo achieved these world-records across multiple platforms and demonstrates its ability to provide solutions to customers. Servers include the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 rack servers, both based on the second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

This article summarizes the outstanding performance of the 85 new benchmark wins.

Big Data Analytics - 32 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers delivered 32 new world record Big Data Analytics benchmarks.

SAP HANA (BWoH)

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket Performance – 4 new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered four performance world records with the 4 socket SAP HANA BWoH benchmark in a single-node set up. This includes data load, query throughput and query runtime. These records are new on the BWOH version 3 benchmark (1.3B and 10.4B 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 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.

STAC-M3

The Lenovo results:

  • 4-Socket performance - 17 new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered 9 world records with the Antuco suite of the STAC-M3 benchmark. The SR950 also delivered 8 world records with the Kanaga suite of the STAC-M3 benchmark when using a two year data set size

  • 2-Socket performance – 11 new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered 11 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.

Business Processing – 3 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers delivered 3 new world record benchmarks for Business Processing.

SAP Sales and Distribution (SAP SD) Benchmark

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket Performance – New 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.

TPC Benchmark

The Lenovo result:

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

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered the best 2P TPC-E performance result ever and the best ever 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 (OLTP) or decision support workloads and databases, a leadership benchmark score means this server is the highest performing server for your data-intensive OLTP transactions or data intensive queries.

Infrastructure Virtualization – 3 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers delivered 3 new world record Infrastructure Virtualization benchmarks.

SPEC VIRT_SC 2013

The Lenovo result:

  • 4-Socket performance - Three new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered three world record performance, performance per watt and server performance per watt on the 4P SPEC virt_sc 2013 benchmark.

About this benchmark: The SPEC virt_sc 2013 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. SPEC virt_sc 2013 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.

Server-side Java - 27 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 and SR950 delivered 27 new world records for the SPECjbb Server-side Java benchmark.

SPECjbb 2015

The Lenovo results:

  • 8-Socket performance – Six new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered 6 world records for 8P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 6-Socket performance - Four new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered 4 world records for 6P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 4-Socket performance – Four new world records

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

  • 3-Socket performance – Four new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered 4 world records for 3P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 2-Socket performance, Five new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered 5 world records for 2P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM and SPECjbb2015-Distributed benchmarks.

  • 1-Socket performance, Four new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered 4 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.

General Computing - 9 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers delivered 9 new world record General Computing benchmarks.

SPEC CPU2017

The Lenovo results:

  • 8-Socket performance – Two new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered two 8P world records for compute-intensive applications with the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmarks.

  • 6-Socket performance – One new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered one 6P world records for compute-intensive applications with the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmarks.

  • 3-Socket performance - Four new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered four 3P world records for compute-intensive applications with the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmarks.

About this benchmark: 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 sub-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.

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).

SPEC Power

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance – One world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark for performance per Watt in Linux.

  • 8-Socket performance – One world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 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. Its 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.

Technical Computing - 11 new world records

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 and SR650 servers delivered 11 new world record Technical Computing benchmarks.

SPECompG 2012

The Lenovo result:

  • 3-Socket performance – New 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.

SPECmpiM

The Lenovo results:

  • 2-Socket performance – Four new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered four world records for the SPECmpiM benchmark. This includes the two, three, five and six node benchmarks

  • 3-Socket performance – One new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered a new one-node 3S world record for the SPECmpiM benchmark.

  • 6-Socket performance – One new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered a one-node 6S world record for the SPECmpiM benchmark.

  • 8-Socket performance – One new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 delivered a one-node 8S world record for the SPECmpiM benchmark.

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.

SPEC ACCEL

The Lenovo result:

  • 2-Socket performance – Three new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered three world records for the SPEC ACCEL 2 Socket, one node benchmark.

About this benchmark: The SPEC ACCEL benchmark suite tests performance with computationally intensive parallel applications running under the OpenCL, OpenACC, and OpenMP 4 target offloading APIs. The suite exercises the performance of the accelerator, host CPU, memory transfer between host and accelerator, support libraries and drivers, and compilers.

Why it matters: If you are running servers with accelerators (GPU, Co-processors), a leadership benchmark score means this server along with the accelerator and supporting software is the highest performing solution it size.

About the ThinkSystem SR650 and SR950

For medium to large enterprises, and managed and cloud service providers, the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 server is the optimum 2U, two-socket server—the most widely used server type worldwide. It’s engineered to deliver high performance with 205W CPUs, low-latency NVMe drives, and high-power GPUs.


Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650

With Lenovo’s history of reliability, the highly flexible and configurable SR650 is the ideal platform for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) or software-defined storage (SDS). It provides a solid foundation for:

  • Transforming physical resources into services, using validated designs for hybrid cloud
  • Performing analytics on streaming data, using validated designs for Big Data
  • Increasing productivity of virtualized transactional systems, using validated designs for OLTP databases.


Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950

The ThinkSystem SR950 server 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 24TB of high-speed memory without having to replace the server enclosure or upgrade to a physically larger design. The modular design of SR950 speeds upgrades and servicing with easy front or rear access to all major subsystems to maximize server availability.

The SR950 packs numerous fault-tolerant and high-availability features into a high-density design. The SR950 offers enterprise scalability and advanced RAS features to support the most demanding mission-critical applications that require 24x7 operations. The new 4U rack optimized design reduces the space needed to support massive network computing operations and simplifies servicing.

The ThinkSystem SR650 and SR950 also support 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. This technology will have a significant impact on real-world data center operations: reduction of restart times from minutes down to seconds, 1.2x virtual machine density, dramatically improved data replication with 14x lower latency and 14x higher IOPS, and greater security for persistent data built into hardware.

Lenovo XClarity Controller is an all-new hardware embedded management engine common in ThinkSystem servers such as the SR650 and SR950. 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 centralized resource-management solution designed to reduce complexity, speed response, and enhance the availability of Lenovo ThinkSystem and ThinkAgile solutions.

XClarity Administrator enables you to define and control pools of infrastructure from your choice of interface, including an intuitive web-based GUI, XClarity Mobile app, Windows PowerShell, Python, or using your own external IT applications by running XClarity Integrator software or integrating with open REST APIs.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkSystem servers continues their dominance of data center performance by delivering 85 new #1 world record benchmarks (as of April 2, 2019). This outstanding performance is achieved with multiple configurations and a variety of workloads and benchmarks.

The 85 new world records are in addition to 51 current ThinkSystem world records with the first-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors bringing the total ThinkSystem world records to 136 as of April 2, 2019.

Performance Benchmark Reports

Each ThinkSystem benchmark has a Lenovo Performance Benchmark Report. These Performance Benchmark Reports provide the specific benchmark, benchmark result and hardware/software configuration. The reports also provide a link to the specific benchmark results page (ie SPEC, TPC, SAP, etc). View all Performance Benchmark Reports.

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.

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