Product placement in TV shows and movies can be fun. And one of the more interesting product placements has to be Cisco's video conferencing on the television show 24. Who needs boring business meetings when you can save the world?
Lately I've noticed that Cisco has also been placing product in other places -- notably on benchmark consortia websites. In fact, there's been an increase in chatter with the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) in this area over the past few months. So let's take a look at how some of Cisco's recent industry standard benchmark results fare.
In high performance computing, IBM had 74% greater performance per core than Cisco.(1) In Java, IBM achieved 49% better performance than Cisco.(2) In SAP, Cisco's result is far below other 8-core results.(3) Cisco has participated in the VMware benchmark arms race - but what about the more sophisticated SPEC virtualization benchmark? OLTP and Business Intelligence - oh funny, there are none, even though Cisco has a link to the TPC website on their benchmark site.
If only Cisco's benchmark results could be as exciting as a meeting with the President. Or even a soap opera, like the Larry and Mark show this week.
(1) A 16-core IBM Power 740 (3.55 GHz) running Linux is the best 16-core (2 chip, 64 threads) SPECompM2001 result (95,002 SPECompMpeak2001) vs. Cisco UCS C460 result (4 chips,32 cores,64 threads) result of 109,077. Source: www.spec.org. Results current as of 9/8/10.
(2) A 32-core IBM Power 780 (4.14 GHz) is the best SPECjbb2005 32-core system (3,031,184 business operations per sec (bops), 94,725 bops/JVM, 8 chips/32 cores/128 threads) vs. Cisco UCS C460 (4 chips,32 cores,64 threads) result of 2,021,525 bops (126,345 bops/JVM). Source: www.spec.org. Results current as of 9/8/10.
(3) On the Cisco UCS B200 M1, a result of 3,200 SAP SD 2-tier Users (Average dialog response time: 0.92 seconds, certification #2010001) running Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with SQL Server 2008 and SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) with 2 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5570 processor chips / 8 cores / 16 threads, 48 GB main memory vs. IBM Power 550 result of 3,752 SD (Sales & Distribution) with Average dialog response time: 0.97 seconds (certification #2009023) on AIX 6.1 running DB2 9.5 and SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) on an IBM Power 550 with 4 5.0 GHz POWER6 processor chips (8 cores, 2 cores/chip) and 64 GB of main memory. Source: www.sap.com/benchmark. Results current as of 9/8/10.
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