ThinkSystem SR950 Sets Four World Records with New Three-Socket SPECcpu ResultPerformance Benchmark Result
The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 server delivers world-record three-processor performance for compute-intensive applications with four new results of the SPEC CPU2017 benchmark.
This document summarizes the the SPEC CPU2017 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.
The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 server delivers world-record three-socket performance for compute-intensive applications with four new results of the SPEC CPU2017 benchmark.
The ThinkSystem SR950 with three processors achieved the following SPEC CPU2017 scores:
- SPECspeed2017_int_base: 9.88
- SPECspeed2017_fp_base: 194
- SPECrate2017_int_base: 463
- SPECrate2017_fp_base: 415
The SPECspeed2017_int_base and SPECspeed2017_fp_base scores are ideal for measuring single-threaded compute-intensive applications, such as High Frequency Trading (HFT) and other financial industry workloads.
The SPECrate2017_int_base and SPECrate2017_fp_base scores are ideal for measuring multi-threaded compute-intensive applications, such as High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads.
The ThinkSystem SR950 was configured as follows:
- 3x Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors
- 2.7 GHz base frequency, 38.5 MB L3 cache
- 3 processors, each 28 cores and 56 threads
- 1.125 TB of TruDDR4 memory
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15
The result is current as of April 2, 2019.
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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 SPEC CPU2017
SPEC CPU 2017 is SPEC's next-generation, industry-standardized, CPU intensive suite of benchmarks for measuring and comparing compute intensive performance, stressing a system's processor, memory subsystem and compiler. This benchmarks provides a comparative measure of compute-intensive performance using workloads developed from real user applications.
The SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark suite measures server performance in the following ways:
- SPECspeed 2017 is to compare time for a computer to complete single tasks
- SPECrate 2017 is to measure the throughput or work per unit of time.
This benchmark is targeted for use by hardware vendors, IT industry, computer manufacturers, and government.
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