Top Performance with the AMD EPYC-Based Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635Article

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Abstract

Lenovo servers continue to deliver top performance with 19 new #1 single-socket world-record benchmarks as of August 7, 2019.

The new performance records were achieved with Lenovo ThinkSystem servers using the second-generation AMD EPYC processors. This outstanding performance is achieved with a variety of workloads ranging from Business Processing to Technical Computing.

Change History

Changes in the August 8 update:

  • Added the two new TPC-E world records

Introduction

Lenovo servers continue to deliver top performance with 19 new #1 single-socket world-record benchmarks as of August 7, 2019.

The new performance records were achieved with Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 using the AMD EPYC 7002 second-generation processors. This performance is achieved with a variety of workloads ranging from Business Processing to Technical Computing.

Lenovo achieved these world-records across multiple platforms and demonstrates its ability to provide solutions to customers. The SR655 is our newest 2U rack server and the SR635 is our newest 1U rack server. The AMD EPYC 7002 Series processors offer up to 64 cores each and 128 PCIe Gen 4 lanes, making them ideal for compute-intensive and I/O-intensive applications.

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

Business Processing – 2 new world records

  The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 server delivered 2 new world record benchmarks for Business Processing.

TPC Benchmark

The Lenovo result:

  • 1-Socket Performance and 1-Socket Price/Performance – Two new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 achieves the world’s best TPC-E performance and price/performance results for a one-processor server.

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.

Read the benchmark report: https://lenovopress.com/lp1199-sr655-tpce-benchmark-2019-08-07

Server-side Java - 6 new world records

 The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 delivered 6 new world records for the SPECjbb Server-side Java benchmark.

SPECjbb 2015

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance, Six new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 delivered 6 world records for 1P performance results for the SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM, SPECjbb2015-Distributed and SPECjbb2015-Composite 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 benchmark report: https://lenovopress.com/lp1204-sr655-specjbb-benchmark-2019-08-07

General Computing - 7 new world records

  The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 servers delivered 7 new world record General Computing benchmarks.

SPEC CPU2017

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance with 4 new world records with the SR655
  • 1-Socket performance with 1 new world record with the SR635

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 delivered 5 total 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).

Read the benchmark reports:

SPEC Power

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance on a 2U server – One world record on the SR655

    The 2U rack server, ThinkSystem SR655 delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark for performance per Watt in Linux.

  • 1-Socket performance on a 1U server – One world record on the SR635

    The 1U rack server, ThinkSystem SR635 delivered a world record for the SPEC Power benchmark for performance per Watt in Linux.

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.

Read the benchmark reports:

Technical Computing - 4 new world records

  The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 server delivered 4 new world record Technical Computing benchmarks.

SPECompG 2012

The Lenovo result:

  • 1-Socket performance – New world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 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 benchmark report: https://lenovopress.com/lp1200-sr655-specompg-benchmark-2019-08-07

SPECmpiM

The Lenovo results:

  • 1-Socket performance – One new world record

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 delivered a one-node 1S 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.

Read the benchmark report: https://lenovopress.com/lp1201-sr655-1-node-1s-specmpim-benchmark-2019-08-07

SPEC ACCEL

The Lenovo result:

  • 1-Socket performance – Two new world records

    The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 delivered two world records for the SPEC ACCEL 1-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 SR655 and SR635

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 with the next generation AMD EPYC architecture delivers outstanding TCO for virtualization, big data, analytics, and scale up software defined deployments. It offers two-socket performance in a 2U, single-socket design, featuring higher core, and storage density; increased I/O throughput with less latency; along with built-in system security.

ThinkSystem SR635The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR635 is ideal for I/O intensive workloads, from databases and analytics, to virtualized environments (VDI) and hybrid cloud solutions. This 1U, single socket rack server is right-sized to offer the balanced processor power, performance, memory and I/O of a 2-socket server at the value and total cost of ownership of a 1-socket server.

With the enterprise class AMD EPYC 7002 Generation processor, the world’s first 7nm data center CPU, the SR655 features up to an unprecedented 64 cores with 128 PCIe Gen4 lanes in a single socket to reduce bottlenecks and increase server utilization.

Compared to the previous processor generations, ThinkSystem servers with AMD architecture deliver up to 2X performance and 4X floating point capability, providing faster data transfer and analytics without sacrificing memory capacity or I/O with PCIe Gen4 support and faster memory speeds up to 3200 MHz.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 Key features of the SR655 include:

  • Multi-GPU optimized rack server, providing support for up to 6 single-wide GPUs that offer more workload acceleration in AI Inference and virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI).
  • 64 cores to handle heavy-lift virtualization workloads; provides cutting edge application efficiency in health care applications such as EMR, PACS, and medical imaging or electronic trading platforms for financial services applications.
  • Support for up to 32 NVMe solid-state drives; when paired with high speed networking, make the system an excellent choice for workloads that need large amounts of low-latency high-bandwidth storage, including virtualized clustered SAN solutions, software-defined storage (SDS), and applications leveraging NVMe over Fabrics.

Key features of the SR635 include:

  • High capacity storage, with support for up to 16x2.5” drives. When the server is outfitted with 16 low-latency NVMe drives, the server is an ideal platform for OLTP, Analytics, software-defined and HPC storage.
  • Up to three single-wide GPUs to provide workload acceleration for AI inference and VDI applications.
  • Full support PCIe Gen4 to achieve up to 16 GT/s for accelerated data transfer speeds. This new technology enables the next-generation of technology for grid-computing and high-frequency trading analytics in the financial services sector, and capacity planning and supply chain optimization in both the telco and manufacturing industries.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkSystem servers continues their dominance of data center performance by delivering 19 new #1 world record benchmarks (as of August 7, 2019) with the SR655 and SR635, our new AMD EPYC-based servers. This outstanding performance is achieved with multiple configurations and a variety of workloads and benchmarks.

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, etc). View all Performance Benchmark Reports.

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