Last week, our benchmark team further extended – by 12%! – the lead the IBM System x3850 X5 has in top OLTP performance by 4-socket systems by publishing a new TPC-E benchmark result.
This new result showcases the ability of IBM eX5 architecture and Intel Xeon E7 processor technology to continue to deliver industry-leading performance results on System x servers.
The IBM System x3850 X5 server achieved 3,218.46 tpsE (transactions per second E) at $225.30 USD / tpsE, using Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition. The x3850 X5 was configured with four Intel Xeon E7-4870 processors at 2.40 GHz with 30 MB shared L3 cache per processor (4 processors/40 cores/80 threads), and 2048 GB of memory. The total solution availability for this TPC-E benchmark result is November 28, 2012. Results referenced are current as of December 6, 2012.
Read our announcement and see the result details on the TPC web site.
Also see all TPC-E results of 4-socket servers sorted by the tpsE value.
But why should you care? If you have an Enterprise-grade database then you should! TPC-E is a modern benchmark designed to enable clients to more objectively measure and compare the performance of various OLTP database systems. It was designed as a real-world replacement to the aging TPC-C benchmark.
This benchmark result shows that if you are looking for a SQL Server 2012 database engine that can give you the highest level of performance, then look no further than the x3850 X5. This TPC-E result shows the x3850 X5 is king in the 4-socket space!
The x3850 X5 is a versatile 4-socket, 4U rack-optimized scalable enterprise server that supports up to 2 TB of memory. You can join two x3850 X5 servers together to form a single 8-socket (80-core) system with powerful 10-core Intel Xeon processors and 4 TB of memory. In addition, you can further expand the x3850 X5 with the optional IBM MAX5 for System x which adds another 32 DIMM slots. This means you can have a single system image with a massive 80 processor cores and 6 TB of memory.
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.