Benchmarking and systems performance - hosted by Elisabeth Stahl
Blog Authors: ELISABETH STAHL 0600029JQ8 is Chief Technical Strategist and Executive IT Specialist, IBM Systems and Technology Group, and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years.
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There is currently a tuna shortage in Japan and sushi is being made from horse. Which may make some people think long and hard about buying this product.
One of Sun's recent blog entries about their products highlights the T2000 "Try and Buy" program. This program "allows customer to see the same world record performance and other advantages of the Sun Fire T2000 as Sun shows in benchmarks." Let's take a closer look at what the T2000 benchmarks really show . . .
Sun's T2000 is actually #10 in SPECweb2005, behind 7 HP's, 1 Fujitsu and 1 Dell - all 8-core. (1)
Even the IBM p5-550Q result from 2005 surpasses the Sun T2000 in Lotus NotesBench D7 R6iNotes. Sun's T2000 result has 1.5 times worse price/performance and achieves only 5.5% more performance with double the cores and 2.6 times more memory than the IBM System x3650. The IBM p5-560Q holds the #1 position in this benchmark. (2)
Sun just published another unimpressive SPECjAppServer2004 result with the T2000 as the database server and the app server.
I'm going to stick with the Philadelphia rolls just to be safe.
(1) Sun Fire T2000 SPECweb2005 (8 cores, 1 chip, 8 cores/chip (4 threads/core)) result of 16,407.
(2) IBM p5-550Q 8-core NotesBench D7 R6iNotes result of 24,000 users ($5.97/user) vs. Sun Fire T2000 8-core NotesBench D7 R6iNotes result of 23,200 users ($5.33/user) vs. IBM System x3650 4-core Notesbench D7 R6iNotes result of 22,000 users ($3.47/user). IBM p5-560Q 16-core NotesBench D7 R6iNotes result of 55,000 users ($4.89/user).
Sources: http://www.spec.org, http://www.notesbench.org. All results as of 7/11/07.
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