Power Systems™ performance allows clients to get the work done with fewer and/or smaller systems. This advantage has helped our clients to reduce the total cost of ownership with savings in software costs for products licensed by the core, energy costs, floor space, and other operational costs. IBM Power servers lead HP and Sun in performance in highend systems, in midrange systems, in entry systems, and in blade systems. That's right – Power servers are the leader in all the categories.
The workhorse UNIX database and application servers have to deliver cost effective, reliable performance for mission-critical applications. Using advanced features like virtualization, IBM POWER processor performance, and mainframe-inspired reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) characteristics, the IBM Power 780 and 770 servers epitomize what those servers should be.
The POWER processor technology and advanced system design of the servers create a system with leadership-balanced performance. Very fast processors with very fast system busses, I/O bandwidth, and large memory capacity leads to the astounding performance proven by the number of leadership commercial and technical benchmarks.
The result is the very best performance for a eight processor chip server which is even faster than any competitive sixteen processor chip servers, and the very best performance per core of any server.
We compare performance because the exceptional speed of Power Systems allows you to improve end user's service. And this is designed to be done with fewer cores which helps reduce your cost and improve system manageability. The following table summarizes the best eight to sixteen core server performance results for the IBM Power servers versus Sun SPARC servers, HP Integrity servers UNIX servers and Xeon 7500 servers. The results show that the Power servers have the very best performance.
|Eight and sixteen socket capable systems benchmark results|
|TPC-C||SPEC int_rate2006||SPEC fp_rate2006||SPEC jbb2005||2-tier SAP SD|
|64-core IBM Power 780||No benchmark||2,610||2,300||5,210,501||37,000|
|32-core IBM Power 780||No benchmark||1,470||1,310||3,031,184||No benchmark|
|8-core IBM Power 780||1,200,011||No benchmark||No benchmark||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|64-core IBM Power 770||No benchmark||2,140||1,900||4,604,894||No benchmark|
|64-core X7500 best result||No benchmark||1,378||No benchmark||3,369,694||18,140|
|32-core HP Integrity rx8640||No benchmark||416||371||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|64-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000||No benchmark||753||582||817,158||No benchmark|
|32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000||No benchmark||352||333||395,989||No benchmark|
|16-core HP Integrity rx7640||No benchmark||201||181||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000||No benchmark||335||223||No benchmark||No benchmark|
The Power 780 and 770 servers lead competitive systems in capacity by far. However that is only one measure of performance. Better performance per core helps reduce cost in hardware acquisition, software licensing, and a variety of operational areas. The following table shows the Power 780 and 770 server performance per core compared to competitive servers.
|Eight and sixteen socket capable systems per core benchmark results|
|TPC-C||SPEC int_rate2006||SPEC fp_rate2006||SPEC jbb2005||2-tier SAP SD|
|64-core IBM Power 780||No benchmark||40.7||35.9||81,414||578|
|32-core IBM Power 780||No benchmark||45.9||40.9||94,724||No benchmark|
|8-core IBM Power 780||150,001||No benchmark||No benchmark||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|64-core IBM Power 770||No benchmark||33.4||26.3||71,951||No benchmark|
|64-core X7500 best result||No benchmark||20.9||No benchmark||51,903||250|
|32-core HP Integrity rx8640||No benchmark||13.0||11.5||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|64-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000||No benchmark||11.7||9.0||12,768||No benchmark|
|32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000||No benchmark||11.0||10.4||12,374||No benchmark|
|16-core HP Integrity rx7640||No benchmark||12.5||11.3||No benchmark||No benchmark|
|32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000||No benchmark||10.4||6.9||No benchmark||No benchmark|
With performance per core more than double the competitors, the Power servers can enable you to reduce the number of servers and/or the size of servers you require to do your production. Consolidation using the PowerVM feature of the Power Systems can also help you increase the utilization of your servers which could enable you to even further reduce cost by implementing fewer servers.
Processing power is not the only resource required by applications. Other resource is also required for consolidation. Power Systems have that resource. For example, on a per-core basis, the TurboCore Power 780 with 32 cores has four times the memory, over fifteen times the memory bandwidth, and more than four times the I/O bandwidth of the HP Integrity rx8640, and eight times the memory, over eleven times the memory bandwidth, and over seven times the I/O bandwidth of the Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000.
|Eight and sixteen processor chip systems memory and I/O charactreristics|
|IBM Power 780||HP rx8640||Sun M8000|
|Memory bandwidth (GB/s)||1,091||1,091||68||184|
|I/O bandwidth (GB/s)||236||236||48||61|
|Memory (GB) per core||64||32||16||8|
|Memory bandwidth (GB/s) per core||34.1||17.0||2.1||2.9|
|I/O bandwidth (GB/s) per core||7.4||3.7||1.5||1.0|
This combination of more performance per core and more I/O and memory capacity and bandwidth per core helps you to reduce the number of servers or the number of cores per server. This could have a major impact on reducing your cost of server acquisition and your total cost of ownership for your IT environment.
As four socket servers become faster, more customers find them the right performance for mission-critical applications. They also are often the right servers for distributed applications in stores and branch banks. The same POWER7® technology that makes the Power 780 the fastest eight processor chip server helps make the IBM Power 750 Express system the fastest UNIX four socket server. The comparison to the four socket UNIX servers from Sun and HP and four socket Xeon 7500 servers help demonstrate this.
|Four socket capable systems benchmark results|
|2-tier SAP SD||SPEC jbb 2005||SPECint_rate 2006||SPECfp_rate 2006|
|IBM Power 750 Express||15,600||2,478,929||1,070||865|
|4-socket x86 best result (Intel X75xx)||10,490||2,021,525||788||573|
|HP Integrity rx6600||No benchmark||372,140||102||71|
|HP Integrity BL870 i2||No benchmark||No benchmark||269||No benchmark|
|Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000||No benchmark||No benchmark||135||112|
|32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440||4,720||841,380||360||270|
Like their larger counterparts, the four socket Power servers also have significantly greater memory and I/O bandwidth per core than the HP and Sun systems. They are also designed to support consolidated environments.
The introduction of POWER7 processor-based, two-socket Express systems gives clients a new set of options in deploying their workloads and enables midsize companies the opportunity to take advantage of POWER7 technology in platforms aligned to their capacity and price needs. Now clients of any size can take advantage of Power Systems leading performance (up to 50% more performance than an HP ProLiant Intel-based system and nearly 3X the performance of the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240), PowerVM virtualization technology, and the reliability of Power servers to reduce their IT management and support costs while deploying new, higher performance applications.
|Two socket systems performance|
|Entry systems performance||SPECjbb 2005||SPECint_rate 2006||SPECfp_rate2006|
|IBM Power 730 Express||1,216,983||574||466|
|2-socket HP ProLiant G7 (Intel x86)||875,975||382||277|
|HP Integrity rx3600||No benchmark||62.4||54.8|
|Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240||422,782||157||119|
Blade servers have become increasing popular because of their outstanding flexibility, simplified management, and efficiency. The performance of POWER7 processors has helped the IBM BladeCenter® PS700, PS701, and PS702 Express to be the leaders among RISC and Itanium blade servers in these metrics. This flexibility and efficiency directly leads to reduced cost of energy and datacenter floor space savings. The superior performance of the Power based blades leads to a requirement for fewer blades which also helps reduce cost of management, and software licensing as well as additional reductions in energy and floor space usage.
|Two socket blade performance|
|IBM BladeCenter PS702 Express||520||431||1,119,946|
|HP Integrity BL860c i2||134||136||No benchmark|
|Sun Blade T6340||160||121||388,456|
|Best Xeon 5600 blade||380||256||No benchmark|