I just noticed the rPerfs (relative performance numbers) for the four new Entry Level systems (Power 710/720/730/740) and the High End Power 795 are available in the updated "Power Systems Facts and Features" document on the IBM website.
- The Entry Level machines are now 16 core/CPU/way (delete as you like to call them). That is a serious machine for the bottom end 2U rack server and it has all the POWER7 virtualisation features built in. These humble machines have the roughly the same performance as the mid-range previous POWER6 models at a faction of the price.
- I guess its the High End POWER7 Power 795 that is really impressive with a score for the 256 core/CPU/way machine of nearly 3000 rPerfs.
- The previous POWER6 rPerf highest number was 553 rPerfs for the Power 595. This machine was the holder of many Industry Standard benchmark records.
- So that is a jump of near 6 times faster for the new POWER7 based machine - WOW !!
- I don't see any HP or Sun/Oracle announcements raising the performance of their top end machine at anything like this massive step jump.
Find the performance figures here - Power Systems Facts and Features