Last month, IBM announced the results of two benchmarks evaluating the performance of the IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4 server.
We announced scores for both the SPEC CPU2006 and SPECjbb2005 benchmarks. These complement the SPECpower_ssj2008 benchmark published in November last year.
These three industry benchmarks were used because they represent the types of workloads best suited for the dx360 M4:
- SPECpower_ssj2008 evaluates the power and performance characteristics of volume server class and multi-node class computers. The benchmark addresses the performance of server side Java by exercising the CPUs, caches, and memory and measuring how that relates to energy consumption.
For HPC or technical computing applications, SPECpower is an excellent standardized measure of performance and power efficiency.
- SPEC CPU2006 is used to measure the performance of the system running a processor-intensive workload. It focuses on the capabilities of the CPU, memory subsystem, and the compiler. Tests include both integer arithmetic as well as floating-point arithmetic. Both speed and throughput tests are performed.
If your application is processor-intensive or memory-intensive, then CPU2006 is a good way to compare systems. If your application performs physical simulations or renders 3D graphics, for example, comparing the floating-point results would be valid.
- The SPECjbb2005 benchmark is used for evaluating the performance of servers running typical Java business applications.The benchmark represents an order processing application for a wholesale supplier and can be used to evaluate performance of hardware and software aspects of Java Virtual Machine (JVM) servers.
This benchmark shows that the dx360 M4 is not only a great server for HPC and technical computing it is also very suitable for general business application especially those based on a Java platform.
As you can see from the results, the dx360 M4 performs exceptionally well in each of these benchmarks, proving that the server offering top computing power while still maintaining energy efficiency.
The iDataPlex dx360 M4 is a half-depth server that delivers high performance, along with excellent energy-efficiency and price/performance that lower total cost of ownership. Based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 (including the 2.9 GHz Xeon E5-2690 with 20 MB L3 cache), the iDataPlex dx360 M4 server offers high performance in an energy-efficient design.
For more information about the dx360 M4, see the IBM Redbooks Product Guide.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.