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IT managers have to grapple with the issue of server sprawl and the accompanying high cost of management combined with the explosion in energy use in the datacenter. One solution that many clients are implementing is server consolidation. The IBM Power™ 595 server, exploiting IBM PowerVM™ technology, is the epitome of a consolidation server because of its outstanding performance and capacity.

With the fastest processor in the industry, the 5.00GHz POWER6 processor, and outstanding memory and I/O bandwidth, the Power 595 has the capacity to support huge consolidation efforts that other servers just can't handle.

We ran a variety of benchmarks, and the answer is the same for all of them. The 64-core IBM Power™ 595 server outperforms the 128-core HP Integrity Superdome. – more performance with ½ the cores. The 595 also has 90% of the performance of the 256 Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 – 90% of the performance with ¼ the cores.

The Power 595 server can offer you this fabulous performance for your UNIX® applications.

 Highend Systems Performance 1
  TPC-C SPECint_rate2006 SPECfp_rate2006 SPECjbb2005 2-tier SAP SD
64-core, 32 chip, 128 threads IBM Power 595 6,085,166 2,080 2,110 3,435,485 35,400
128-core, 64 chips, 256 threads HP Integrity Superdome 4,092,799 1,650 1,480 2,054,864 30,000
64-core, 32 chip, 128 threads HP Integrity Superdome   824 745 No Benchmark 9,265
256-core, 64 chips, 512 threads Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000   2,290 No Benchmark No Benchmark 39,100
128-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000   1,290 1,230 No Benchmark No Benchmark
64-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000   650 636 No Benchmark No Benchmark

The 64-core Power 595 server outperformed the 64-core HP Integrity Superdome server by at least 2 ½ to 1 and the 64-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server by over 3 to 1 on processor intensive benchmarks. Even when the Superdome and M9000 servers were tested with twice the number of cores, the Power 595 server was faster by 18% up to as much as 71%. 71% faster than a system with double the cores is a very impressive result, but that is what you can expect form the IBM Power 595 server, very impressive results.

These benchmarks show the outstanding systems performance of the Power 595, but sometimes overall systems performance is not the most important factor, especially in a consolidated environment. Some applications are more bound by memory constraints, either based on the quantity of memory available or the memory bandwidth. Others are constrained by I/O bandwidth. When we compare those characteristics, the Power 595 is equally impressive.

Memory & I/O Characteristics 2 IBM Power 595 HP Superdome Sun M9000
Cores 64 128 128
Memory (GB) 4096 2048 2048
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 1376 273.1 737
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) 640 172.8 234
       
Memory (GB) per core 64 16 16
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 21.50 2.13 5.76
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 10.00 1.35 1.83

Besides delivering two times the processor performance per core, the Power 595 also supports 4 times the memory per core, over 3 ½ times the memory bandwidth per core and over 5 times the I/O bandwidth per core of the Integrity Superdome and the M9000 highend systems. The tremendous capacity of the IBM Power 595 server can help you run challenging applications in every partition.

The Power 595 server is the fastest system with the fastest processor, the most memory capability, and I/O bandwidth. It is no wonder that it is a prime target for highly consolidated environments.

Compare midrange servers

The workhorse UNIX® database and application servers have to deliver cost effective, reliable performance for mission-critical applications. Using advanced features like virtualization, IBM POWER6™ processor performance, and mainframe-inspired reliability, availability, and serviceability (RAS) characteristics, the IBM Power™ 570 server epitomizes what today's midrange server should be.

The POWER6 processor technology and advanced system design of the Power 570 server create a system with leadership-balanced performance. The very fast processor, up to 5.00 GHz, with system bus, I/O bandwidth, and large memory capacity that grows with the number of processors leads to the astounding performance proven by the number of leadership commercial and technical benchmarks.

The result is the very best performance for a midrange server, and the very best performance per core of a midrange server.

We compare performance because the exceptional speed of the Power 570 system is what allows you to meet your end user's service level objectives. And this is designed to be done with fewer cores which helps drive down your cost and improve system manageability.

The following table summarizes the best midrange server performance result for the IBM Power 570 server versus Sun and HP 32-core and 64-core midrange UNIX servers. The results show that the Power 570 server has the very best performance of any midrange server.

 Top of the Midrange Performance 3
  TPC-C SPECint_rate2006 SPECfp_rate2006 SPECjbb2005 2-tier SAP SD
32-core IBM Power 570 No Benchmark 832 602 1,390,087 14,432
16-core IBM Power 570 1,616,162 542 544 867,989 8,000
32-core HP Integrity rx8640 No Benchmark 416 371 No Benchmark No Benchmark
64-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 No Benchmark 637 582 817,158 No Benchmark
32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 No Benchmark 352 333 395,989 7,300

The Power 570 server leads competitive midrange systems in capacity by far. However that is only one measure of performance. Better performance per core helps drive cost savings in hardware acquisition, software licensing, and a variety of operational areas. The following table shows the Power 570 server performance per core compared to Sun and HP midrange servers.

 Top of the Midrange Systems Performance per Core 4
  TPC-C SPECint_rate 2006 SPECfp_rate 2006 SPECjbb 2005 2-tier SAP SD
32-core, 16 chips, 64 threads IBM Power 570 No Benchmark 26 19 43,440 451
16-core, 8 chips, 32 threads IBM Power 570 101,010 34 34 54,249 500
32-core, 16 chips, 64 threads HP Integrity rx8640 No Benchmark 13 12 No Benchmark No Benchmark
64-core, 16 chips, 128 threads Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 No Benchmark 10 9 12,768 No Benchmark
32-core, 16 chip, 64 threads Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 No Benchmark 11 10 12,375 228

With performance per core more than double the midrange competitors, the Power 570 server 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 570 server can also help you increase the utilization of your servers which could enable you to even further reduce servers.  

Processing power is not the only resource required by applications. So other resource is also required for consolidation. The 570 has that resource. On a per-core basis, the 5.00 GHz 16-core 570 has three times the memory, over seven times the memory bandwidth, and more than two times the I/O bandwidth of HP, and four times the memory, over 5 times the memory bandwidth, and over four times the I/O bandwidth of Sun.  The 4.20GHz 32-core Power 570, optimized for space and energy efficiency, still has more capacity per core than the rx8640 and M8000.

 

 Top of the Midrange Bandwidth 5
  IBM Power 570 HP rx8640 Sun M8000
Cores 16 32 32 64
Memory (GB) 768 768 512 512
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 256 256 68 184
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) 66.7 56 48 61
         
Memory (GB) per core 48 24 16 8
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 16 8 2.13 2.88
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 3.9125 1.75 1.50 0.95

This combination of more performance per core and more I/O and memory capacity and bandwidth per core could allow you to reduce the number of servers or the number of cores per server. This could have a major impact on lowering your cost of server acquisition and your total cost of ownership for your IT environment.

The midrange also has systems with less configuration and performance capability. The Power 560 Express has the same advantages in this space as the Power 570 has in its space with 45 to 80% performance advantage versus HP systems with the same number of cores and 17 to 37% performance advantage versus Sun systems that have twice the number of cores. The 560 Express also has tremendous advantage in bandwidth with 8 times the memory bandwidth of the HP Integrity rx7640 and the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000.

 

 Midrange Performance 6
  SPECint_rate2006 SPECfp_rate2006 SPECjbb2005
16-core IBM Power 560 Express 363 263 593,904
16-core HP Integrity rx7640 201 181 No Benchmark
32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 264 223 No Benchmark

 Midrange Systems Performance per core 7
  SPECint_rate2006 SPECfp_rate2006 SPECjbb2005
16-core IBM Power 560 Express 23 16 37,119
16-core HP Integrity rx7640 13 11 No Benchmark
32-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 8 7 No Benchmark

 Midrange Bandwidth 8
  IBM Power 560 HP rx7640 Sun M5000
Cores 16 16 32
Memory (GB) 384 256 256
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 128 32 64
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) 24 23 16
       
Memory (GB) per core 24 16 8
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 8 2 2
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 1.5 1.4375 0.5

The IBM Power Systems midrange servers are designed to support today’s data center. They have the performance, capacity, and bandwidth to support multi-application consolidated environments to help you control cost of operation and acquisition of your environment.

Compare Entry Servers

As entry 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 POWER6 technology that makes the Power 570 the fastest midrange server helps make the IBM Power 550 Express system the fastest UNIX entry server. The comparison to the 8-core HP Integrity rx6600 and the 16-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 servers help demonstrate this. In fact, the Power 550 Express server has such excellent performance that its result for the demanding TPC-C benchmark is even better than the best HP 9000 Superdome result ever posted. 9

 Entry Systems Performance 10
  TPC-C SPECint_rate 2006 SPECfp_rate 2006 SPECjbb 2005 2-tier SAP SD
IBM Power 550 Express 629,159 213 178 350,642 3,104
HP Integrity rx6600 372,140 102 71 158,174 2,150
Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 No Benchmark 135 112 No Benchmark No Benchmark

The advantage of the Power 550 Express server is even more evident when you look at performance per core.

 Entry Systems Performance per core 11
  TPC-C SPECint_rate 2006 SPECfp_rate 2006 SPECjbb 2005 2-tier SAP SD
IBM Power 550 Express (8 cores, 4chips, 16 threads) 78,645 27 22 43,830 388
HP Integrity rx6600 (8 cores, 4chips, 16 threads) 46,518 13 9 19,772 269
Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 (16 cores, 4 chips, 32 threads) No Benchmark 8 7 No Benchmark No Benchmark

Like its highend and midrange counterparts, the Power 550 Express also has significantly greater memory and I/O bandwidth per core than the HP and Sun systems. The 550 is also designed to support consolidated environments.


 Midrange Bandwidth 12
  IBM Power 550 HP rx6600 Sun M4000
Cores 8 8 16
Memory (GB) 256 384 128
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) 128 17 32
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) 14 9.8 8
       
Memory (GB) per core 32 48 8
Memory Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 16 2.125 2
I/O Bandwidth (GB/s) per core 1.75 1.225 0.5


Compare Blade Servers

Blade servers have become increasing popular because of their outstanding performance efficiency. Performance per rack unit (u) and performance per WATT advantage of blades has caused a movement from rack servers to blades. The performance of POWER6 processors has helped the IBM BladeCenter JS22 to be the leader among RISC and Itanium blade servers in these metrics.


 Blade SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008 13
System Name Peak / Core Peak / u Peak / WATT
IBM BladeCenter JS22 (4.0 GHz, 4 core) 21.18 131.76 0.41
IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express (3.8 GHz, 2 core, RedHat) 22.95 71.40 0.22
HP Integrity BL860c (1.60GHz/18MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 11.60 37.12 0.14
Sun Blade 6000 10.48 83.80 0.30
Sun Blade T6320 10.69 85.50 0.31

 


 1 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of October 7, 2008. The results are the best IBM Power 595 64-core server result, the best 256-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server results and the best 128-core HP Integrity Superdome results. Cells were left blank if there is no posted result for the benchmark. The TPC-C results can be found at www.tpc.org. The SPECint_rate2006, SPECfp_rate2006 and SPECjbb2005 results can be found at www.spec.org. The SAP SD 2-tier results can be found at www.sap.com.

TPC-C results as of October 7, 2008. Source:   http://www.tpc.org.

System Chip/Core/ Thread Systems Availability $/tpmC Database OS tpmC tpmC/Core
IBM Power 595 (5.00 GHz POWER6) 32/64/128 12/10/08 $2.81 IBM DB2 9.5 AIX V5.3 6,085,166 95,080
HP Superdome (1.60 GHz Itanium 2) 64/128/256 08/06/07 $2.93 Oracle 10g HP-UX 11i v3 4,092,799 31,975

 

SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, SPECint®, and SPECjbb® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org

 

 Highend SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 595 (5.00 GHz, 64 core) 64 32 2 2 1820
HP Integrity Superdome (1.60GHz/24MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 128 64 2 1 1530
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 256 64 4 2 2090

 Highend SPECfp_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Base Peak
IBM Power 595 64 32 2 2 1820 2110
HP Integrity Superdome 128 64 2 1 1420 1480
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 256 64 4 2 1860 2010

 Highend SPECjbb2005 results as of October 7, 2008
HW System Name JVM Instances Cores Chips HW Threading bops bops/JVM
IBM Power 595 (5.00 GHz, 64 core) 32 64 32 Yes 3435485 107359
HP Integrity SD64B Server 32 128 64 No 2054864 64215

 

SAP performance of highend servers from IBM, Sun, and HP. All results published as of  October 7, 2008.

 

Number of Benchmark Users Operating System ERP Release Central Server Chips Cores Threads Technology GHz Certificate Number
35400 30000 6.0 (2005) IBM Power 595 32 64 128 POWER6 5 2008019
39100 Solaris 10 6.0 (2005) *SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 64 256 512 SPARC64 VII 2.52 2008042
30000 HP-UX 11iV3 2005 HP Integrity SD64B 64 128 265 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050 1.60 2006089


For full details on these and other SAP benchmarks, see SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, Two-Tier Internet Configuration at http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx

2 Comparisons between the IBM Power™ 595 server, the HP Integrity Superdome Server and the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server. System data for HP from the HP Superdome Datasheet available at www.hp.com. System data for Sun from the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 Datasheet available at www.sun.com. Data is current as of October 7, 2008.

 3 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of  October 7, 2008. The results are the best IBM Power 570 16-core server result, the best Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 server 32- and 64-core results, and the best HP Integrity rx8640 server 32-core result. Cells were left blank if there is no posted result for the benchmark. The TPC-C results can be found at www.tpc.org. The SPECint_rate2006, SPECfp_rate2006 and SPECjbb2005 results can be found at www.spec.org. The SAP SD 2-tier results can be found at www.sap.com.

SPEC® and the benchmark names SPECrate®, SPECint®, and SPECjbb® are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. For the latest SPEC benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org

The TPC-C results for the top of the midrange are:

 

* Hardware Vendor System tpmC Price/tpmC System Availability Date Submitted
IBM IBM Power 570 1,616,162 3.54 US $ 11/21/07 05/21/07

The IBM Power 570 has 8-processor chips, 16-cores, and 2-threads per core.

TPC-C results as of October 7, 2008. Source: http://www.tpc.org

The SPECint_rate2006 results for the top of the midrange are:


 Top of the midrange SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 570 (4.20GHz, 32 core) 32 16 2 2 832
IBM Power 570 (5.00GHz, 16 core) 16 8 2 2 542
HP Integrity rx8640 (1.60GHz/24MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 32 16 2 1 416
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 64 16 4 2 637
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 32 16 2 2 352

SPECfpRate_2006 results for the top of the midrange are:

 Top of the midrange SPECfp_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 570 (4.20GHz, 32 core) 32 16 2 2 832
IBM Power 570 (5.00GHz, 16 core) 16 8 2 2 542
HP Integrity rx8640 (1.60GHz/24MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 32 16 2 1 416
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 64 16 4 2 637
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 32 16 2 2 352

The SPECjbb2005 results for the top of the midrange are:

 Top of the midrange SPECfp_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
HW System Name JVM Instances Cores Chips HW Threading bops bops/JVM
IBM Power 570 (4.20GHz, 32 core) 16 32 16 Yes 1,390,087 86,880
IBM Power 570 (5.00GHz, 16 core) 8 16 8 Yes 867,989 108,499
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 16 64 16 Yes 817,158 51,072
Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 16 32 16 No 440,207 27,513

The SAP SD 2-tier results for the top of the midrange are:

Number of Benchmark Users Operating System ERP Release Central Server Chips Cores Threads Technology GHz  
14432 AIX 6.1 16 IBM Power 570 16 32 64 POWER6 4.20 2008057
8000 AIX  5.3 6.0 (2005) IBM Power 570 8 46 32 POWER6 4.7 2007039
7300 Solaris 10 16 Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 16 32 65 SPARC64 VI 2.4 2007026


The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at www.sap.com/benchmark.

For full details on these and other SAP benchmarks, see SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, Two-Tier Internet Configuration at http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx

 4 The midrange systems performance per core is calculated by dividing the values in the midrange systems performance table by the number of cores in each benchmarked system. The number of cores for each result is shown in the tables in footnote 3.

 5 Comparisons between the IBM Power 570, HP rx8640, and Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000: HP rx8640 data from Intel Itanium-based midrange servers from HP—The HP Integrity rx7640 and rx8640 Servers   white paper at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/ERC/downloads/5982-9681en.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN on October 7, 2008. System data for Sun from the Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000 Tech Specs available at www.sun.com. Data is current as of October 7, 2008.

 6 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of  October 7, 2008. The results are the best IBM Power 560 16-core server result, the best Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server 32-core results, and the best HP Integrity rx7640 server 16-core result. Cells were left blank if there is no posted result for the benchmark.. The SPECint_rate2006, SPECfp_rate2006 and SPECjbb2005 results can be found at www.spec.org. midrange

 SPECint_rate2006 results are:

 Midrange SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 560 16 8 2 2 363
HP Integrity rx7640 (1.60GHz/18MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 16 8 2 1 201
Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 32 8 4 2 264


SPECfp_rate2006 results are:

 Midrange SPECfp_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 560 16 8 2 2 263
HP Integrity rx7640 (1.60GHz/18MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 16 8 2 1 181
Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 32 8 4 2 223

 

SPECjbb2005 results are:

 Midrange SPECjbb2005 results as of October 7, 2008
HW System Name JVM Instances Cores Chips HW Threading bops bops/JVM
IBM Power 560 8 32 16 Yes 593,904 74,238

 

 7 The midrange systems performance per core is calculated by dividing the values in the midrange systems performance table by the number of cores in each benchmarked system. The number of cores for each result is shown in the tables in footnote 6.

 8 Comparisons between the IBM Power 560, HP rx7640, and Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000: HP rx7640 data from Intel Itanium-based midrange servers from HP—The HP Integrity rx7640 and rx8640 Servers   white paper at http://h71028.www7.hp.com/ERC/downloads/5982-9681en.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN on October 7, 2008. System data for Sun from the Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Tech Specs available at www.sun.com. Data is current as of October 7, 2008.

 9 Comparison of IBM Power 550 Express and HP

TPC-C results are:

 TPC-C Benchmark results
System Processor Chips Cores Threads tpmC Price/tpmC System Availability Date Submitted
HP Superdome – PA-RISC/875 MHz 64 64 64 541,674 11.66 US $ 01/30/04 07/30/03 
IBM Power 550 Express 4 8 16 629,159 2.49 US $ 4/20/2008 03/20/08 

 

TPC-C results as of October 7, 2008. Source: http://www.tpc.org

 10 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of  October 7, 2008. The results are the best IBM Power 560 16-core server result, the best Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 server 32-core results, and the best HP Integrity rx7640 server 16-core result. Cells were left blank if there is no posted result for the benchmark.. The SPECint_rate2006, SPECfp_rate2006 and SPECjbb2005 results can be found at www.spec.org. midrange

TPC-C results for entry systems are:

 TPC-C Benchmark results
System Processor Chips Cores Threads tpmC Price/tpmC System Availability Date Submitted
HP Integrity rx6600 4 8 16 372,140  1.81 US $ 6/11/2007 06/11/07
IBM Power 550 Express 4 8 16 629,159 2.49 US $ 4/20/2008 03/20/08 

 

TPC-C results as of October 7, 2008. Source: http://www.tpc.org

 SPECint_rate2006 results are:

 Entry SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 550 (4.20 GHz, 8 core) 8 4 2 2 213
HP Integrity rx6600 (1.60GHz/24MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 8 4 2 1 102
Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 16 4 4 2 135

 

SPECfp_rate2006 results are:

 Entry SPECfp_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Peak
IBM Power 550 (4.20 GHz, 8 core) 8 4 2 2 178
HP Integrity rx6600 (1.60GHz/24MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 8 4 2 1 71.4
Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 16 4 4 2
112

 

SPECjbb2005 results are:

 Entry SPECjbb2005 results as of October 7, 2008
HW System Name JVM Instances Cores Chips HW Threading bops bops/JVM
IBM Power 550 (4.20 GHz, 8 core) 4 8 4 Yes 350642 87661
HP Integrity rx6600 Server 4 8 4 Yes 158174 39544

 

SAP SD 2-tier results are:

Number of Benchmark Users Operating System ERP Release Central Server Chips Cores Threads Technology GHz Certificate Number
3104 RedHat Enterprise Linux 5 6.0 (2005) IBM Power 550 4 8 16 POWER6 4.20 2008002
2150 HP-UX 11iV3 2005 HP Integrity rx6600 4 8 16 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050 1.60 2006083


 11 The entry systems performance per core is calculated by dividing the values in the midrange systems performance table by the number of cores in each benchmarked system. The number of cores for each result is shown in the tables in footnote 9.

 12 Comparisons between the IBM Power 550, HP rx6600, and Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000: HP rx6600 data from HP Integrity rx6600 Server Specifications  at http://h20341.www2.hp.com/integrity/cache/392325-0-0-0-121.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN on October 7, 2008. System data for Sun from the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Tech Specs available at www.sun.com. Data is current as of July 24, 2008.

 13 Competitive benchmark results reflect results published as of  October 7, 2008. The results are the best IBM BladeCenter JS22 and JS12 results, the best Sun Blade server results using SPARC based blade servers, and the best HP Blade Server results using Itanium based blade servers.. The SPECint_rate2006 results which can also be found at www.spec.org. midrange are:


 Blade SPECint_rate2006 results as of October 7, 2008
System Name Base Copies Cores Chips Cores / Chip Threads / Core Base Peak
IBM BladeCenter JS22 (4.0 GHz, 4 core) 8 4 2 2 2 77.8 84.7
IBM BladeCenter JS12 Express (3.8 GHz, 2 core, RedHat) 4 2 1 2 2 41.2 45.9
HP Integrity BL860c (1.60GHz/18MB Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2) 4 4 2 2 1 43.9 46.4
Sun Blade 6000 630 80 10 8 8 752 838
Sun Blade T6320 63 8 1 8 8 76.4 85.5

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