IBM Power Systems performance benchmarks

Including performance benchmarks for Power servers, System p, and System i

IBM Power™ Systems, built on an open server platform, are designed for a new era of big data, analytics, and cloud, managing social and mobile computing and the explosion of data generated each day — all while offering outstanding performance. In fact, IBM Power Systems took the lead in over 100 key computing performance benchmarks. But don't take our word for it. Read the results below.

LINPACK

Measures how fast a dedicated system can solve a dense system of linear equations as a means of determining the floating-point performance of the system. It is used to gauge effectiveness for high performance and technical computing.

Source: : http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/hpl/references.html (link resides outside of ibm.com)


Stream

Measures sustainable memory bandwidth and the corresponding computation rate for simple vector kernels.

Source: http://www.cs.virginia.edu/stream/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECOMPM2001

Measures a system's parallel processing capabilities for medium problem sizes using a suite of applications based on the OpenMP standards for shared-memory parallel processing. It is used to gauge effectiveness for high performance and technical computing.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECOMPL2001

Measures a system's parallel processing capabilities for large problem sizes using a suite of applications based on the OpenMP standards for shared-memory parallel processing. It is used to gauge effectiveness for high performance and technical computing.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECfp2006

Measures the compute-intensive floating point speed of the computer processor, memory architecture, and compilers.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECfp_rate2006

Determines the number of tasks from a collection of 17 floating-point compute intensive programs that can be run in a specified time.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECint_rate2006

Determines the number of tasks from a collection of 12 integer compute intensive programs that can be run in a specified time.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECfp2000

Measures how fast a single processor, cache, and memory can run a collection of 14 floating-point compute-intensive programs.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECfp_rate2000

Determines the number of tasks from a collection of 14 floating-point compute intensive programs that can be run in a specified time.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SPECint_rate2000

Determines the number of tasks from a collection of 12 integer compute intensive programs that can be run in a specified time.

Source: http://www.spec.org (link resides outside of ibm.com)


PTRANS (parallel matrix transpose)

Exercises the communications where pairs of processors communicate with each other simultaneously. It is a useful test of the total communications capacity of the network.

Source: http://icl.cs.utk.edu/hpcc/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)


Global RandomAccess

Measures the rate of integer random updates of memory (Giga Updates per second).

Source: http://icl.cs.utk.edu/hpcc/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)


NAMD V2.7b1

NAMD is a parallel molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems. NAMD was designed to run efficiently on such parallel machines for simulating large molecules. Based on Charm++ parallel objects, NAMD is a simulation engine implementing the molecular dynamics algorithm as applied to biomolecular system with higher optimization and efficiency. NAMD was developed by the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Source: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/namd/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)


SIMULIA

Abaqus is SIMULIA's flagship product and provides a comprehensive, general-purpose finite element analysis tool that includes a variety of time and frequency-domain analysis procedures. A lower number indicates faster performance.

Abaqus/Standard Version 6.6

Abaqus/Explicit Version 6.6

Source: http://www.simulia.com/support/sup_systems_info.html (link resides outside of ibm.com)


ANSYS — ANSYS V11

ANSYS is a Finite Element Analysis Simulation Software package that provides solutions for conceptual design through final stage testing and performance validation from design concept to final-stage testing and performance validation. The ANSYS Product Suite is used in Structural, Thermal, Mechanical, Acoustics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Electrical and Electromagnetic Analyses

Source: http://www.ansys.com/Support/Platform+Support (link resides outside of ibm.com)


CD-adapco - STAR-CD Versions 3.20

STAR-CD is a general purpose, unstructured grid, finite volume CFD application. It is efficiently programmed and highly parallel using the MPI communication protocol. STAR-CD is able to solve steady state or time dependent problems with the optional solution of moving grids, thermal transport, chemical reactions, multiphase fluids, and species concentrations. A lower number indicates a faster result.

Source: http://www.cd-adapco.com/products/star_cd/index.html (link resides outside of ibm.com)


MSC.Software

MSC Nastran is a structural analysis program utilizing simple to complex, linear and nonlinear analyses techniques for analyzing stress, vibration, dynamic, nonlinear and heat transfer characteristics of structures and mechanical components.

MSC.Nastran MDR3

MSC.Nastran V2005

MD Nastran V2006

Source: http://www.mscsoftware.com/support/prod_support/nastran/performance/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)


MM5 Weather Model

The PSU/NCAR mesoscale model (known as MM5) is a limited-area, nonhydrostatic, terrain-following sigma-coordinate model designed to simulate or predict mesoscale atmospheric circulation. The model is supported by several pre- and post-processing programs, which are referred to collectively as the MM5 modeling system. A higher number indicates a faster result.

MM5 Version 3.6 (Standard)

MM5 Version 3.6.2 (Optimized)

Source: http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/mm5/ (link resides outside of ibm.com)

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