Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Network Computing O5Q4

During yesterday's Network Computing Sun announced new servers: T1000 and T2000. Both with Niagara processors (16-32 threads per CPU). Below some Copy&Paste from announcements.
Continuing to build on their longstanding collaboration, today Sun and Oracle are also offering customers a special opportunity to try Oracle on the Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 systems. As part of a special promotion, customers using Oracle products with CPU-based licenses on Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 systems will be able to count cores as .25 percent of a processor versus alternative methods.
Today, Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license.
OpenSparc Project Page

Sun Fire T2000 server using Sun's Web Server 6.1 SP5 achieved a world record SPECweb2005 and demonstrated a 1.7x performance advantage over the 4-way IBM eServer p5 550 with 4.3x higher performance per watt while occupying half the space. In addition, the Sun Fire T2000 delivers more than 3x the performance of the 2-way 3.8GHz Xeon-based IBM eServer xSeries x346 while delivering 4.1X higher performance per watt.(1)

Sun Fire T2000 server using BEA Weblogic Server was 1.3X faster than the performance of a 4-way 1.6GHz Itanium2-based HP rx4600 server on the dual node SPECjAppServer2004. The Sun Fire T2000 achieved the overall performance world record on all two node results.(2)

Sun Fire T2000 server using Sun Java System Application Server 8.2 Performance Edition (AS 8.2 PE) achieved world record price/performance on the application tier beating a 4-way 1.6GHz Itanium2-based HP rx4600 server on the dual node SPECjAppServer2004. Sun Java System AS 8.2PE is free for development and deployment.

Sun Fire T2000 server, equipped with the UltraSPARC T1 processor achieved overall price/performance leadership on the Lotus R6iNotes Domino 7 benchmark. On IBM's own benchmark the Sun Fire T2000 beats the price/performance of the POWER5+ based IBM p5 p550Q by 27 percent. In addition, Sun has more than twice the price/performance advantage and a nine percent performance advantage over the POWER5 based IBM p5 570 server. (3)

In a demonstration addressing the all-important and ubiquitous portal server workload, the Sun Fire T2000 server beats the performance of the 2GHz Xeon-based Dell 6650 server by running on the new Sun Java System Portal Server 7, with 6x more logins per second while providing 33 percent capacity headroom on Sun Fire T2000 Server versus zero percent on Dell. This new release of the Sun Java System Portal Server allows users to easily create interactive communities of users and services, building "community" portals populated with collaborative content including RSS feeds, Blogs and Wikis. Additional information on the Sun Java System Portal Server 7 will be communicated in the coming days.

Sun Fire T1000 beats the performance of the Dell SC1425 by over 2x, while consuming half the power. In comparison to the IBM p520 2-way Power 5+ server, the Sun Fire T1000 server delivered 1.5x higher performance in 4x less space and at 3.7x superior performance per watt.

Sun Fire T2000 server beats the performance of the 1.9GHz POWER5+ based IBM p5 550 4-way on the SPECjbb2005 and was more than 1.6x faster than the 2.8GHz dual-core IBM x346. (4) Surprisingly, HP and Fujitsu have not published results on this important new benchmark that demonstrates Java server performance.

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