IBM Power 780 server

Modular and scalable systems for performance, availability and IT efficiency

POWER7® means high performance, high capacity, and near linear scaling. The benchmark and performance data below demonstrate how IBM solutions can be optimized for a wide variety of workloads, each one providing you with performance you can count on.


Multiuser performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz rPerf*1 CPW3**
POWER7 2 16 64 3.86 195.45 105,200
POWER7 4 32 128 3.86 362.7 177,400
POWER7 6 48 192 3.86 523.89 265,200
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 685.09 343,0502
POWER7 2 16 64 3.92 197.6 106,000
POWER7 4 32 128 3.92 366.6 183,000
POWER7 6 48 92 3.92 529.6 286,500
POWER7 8 64 256 3.92 692.5 363,000
POWER7 2 8 32 4.14 115.86 57,450
POWER7 4 16 64 4.14 226.97 114,850
POWER7 6 24 96 4.14 326.24 172,450
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 425.5 229,650
POWER7 4 24 96 3.44 253.3 138,500
POWER7 8 48 192 3.44 443.3 276,000
POWER7 12 72 288 3.44 696.6 413,000
POWER7 16 96 384 3.44 886.6 550,700
POWER7+ 4 16 64 4.42 245.6 123,500
POWER7+ 8 32 128 4.42 460.2 214,000
POWER7+ 12 48 192 4.42 638.7 326,100
POWER7+ 16 64 256 4.42 817.1 424,400
POWER7+ 4 32 128 3.72 383.8 209,500
POWER7+ 8 64 256 3.72 690.0 414,900
POWER7+ 12 96 384 3.72 1,151.5 622,300
POWER7+ 16 128 512 3.72 1,380.1 829,800
1 rPerf for 72 and 96 core configurations used two equal partitions
2 CPW is limited to 32 core partition sizes. Larger core configurations were measured with multiple partitions.
3 CPW values for the Power 780 with TurboCore enabled were measured with 8 core partitions.

SPEC CPU2006 performance (Speed)
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz SPECint SPECfp
POWER7 2 16 16 3.86   71.5
POWER7 2 16 16 4.14 44.0  

SPEC CPU2006 performance (Throughput)
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS SPECint_rate SPECfp_rate
POWER7 2 16 64 3.86 AIX 6.1 652 586
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 AIX 6.1 2,526 2,240
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 SLES 11 2,610 2,300
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 RHEL 6 2,740 2,550
POWER7 8 64 256 3.92 AIX 7.1 2,770 2,640
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 AIX 6.1 1,460 1,300
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 SLES 11 1,470 1,310
POWER7 16 96 384 3.44 AIX 7.1 3,520 3,150
POWER7 16 96 384 3.44 SLES11SP1 3,560 3,080
POWER7+ 16 64 256 4.42 AIX 7.1 3,730 2,880
POWER7+ 16 128 512 3.72 AIX 7.1 6,100 4,160
POWER7+ 16 128 512 3.72 RHEL 6.3 6,130 4,180

SPECjbb2005 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS BOPS BOPS/jvm JVM
POWER7 2 16 64 3.86 AIX 6.1 1,331,641 83,228 16
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 AIX 6.1 5,210,501 81,414 64
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 SLES 11 5,087,469 79,492 64
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 AIX 6.1 3,031,184 94,725 32
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 IBM i 2,514,313 78,572 32
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 SLES 11 2,926,261 91,446 32
POWER7 16 96 384 3.44 AIX 7.1 7,242,788 75,446 96
POWER7 16 96 384 3.44 SLES11SP1 7,080,765 73,758 96
POWER7+ 16 64 256 4.42 AIX 7.1 6,884,200 107,566 64
POWER7+ 16 128 512 3.72 AIX 7.1 12,560,858 98,132 128
POWER7+ 16 128 512 3.72 RHEL 6.3 12,305,473 96,137 128

SPECjEnterprise2010 performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS EjOPS
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 AIX 7.1 15,893
POWER7+ 4 16c LPAR 64 4.42 AIX 7.1 10,902

SPEC ompL2001
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS Result
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 RHEL 6 1,797,211

TPC-C performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS tpmC $/tpmC Availability
POWER7 24 192 768 3.86 AIX 6.1 10,366,254 $1.38 10/13/10
POWER7 2 8 32 4.14 AIX 6.1 1,200,011 $0.69 10/13/10

TPC-H performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS DB Size QphH $/QphH Availability
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 RHEL 6 1 TB 164,747 $6.85 3/31/11
POWER7 8 32 128 4.14 AIX 7.1 3 TB 192,001 $6.37 11/30/11

LINPACK performance
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS HPC Gflops    
HPC Peak
POWER7 2 16 16 3.86 AIX 6.1 445 505
POWER7 8 64 64 3.86 AIX 6.1 1,775 2,021
POWER7 8 64 64 3.86 RHEL 6 1,772 2,021
POWER7 8 32 32 4.14 AIX 6.1 944 1,061
POWER7 8 64 64 3.92 AIX 7.1 1,772 2,021
POWER7 16 96 96 3.44 AIX 7.1 2,450 2,903
POWER7 16 96 96 3.44 SLES11SP1 2,512 2,903
POWER7+ 16 64 64 4.42 AIX 7.1 2,012 2,293
POWER7+ 16 128 128 3.72 AIX 7.1 3,681 4,243
POWER7+ 16 128 128 3.72 RHEL 6.3 3,575 4,243

SAP performance - SD 2-Tier1
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS Number of Benchmark Users Database ERP Release Cert. Number
POWER7 8 64 256 3.86 AIX 6.1 37,000 DB2 9.7 6.0 EHP4 (Unicode) 2010013
POWER7+ 12 96 384 3.7 AIX 7.1 57,024 DB2 10 6.0 EHP5 2012033
1 Central Server: Power 780

SAP performance - SD 3-Tier1
Technology Chips Cores Threads GHz OS Number of Benchmark Users Database ERP Release Cert. Number
POWER7+ 8 64 256 3.7 AIX 7.1 266,000 DB2 10.5 6.0 EHP5 2013010
1 Central Server: Power 780

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