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.
On Top of the World and On World Records
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On May 29,1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest. Since that time, there have been numerous other "world records": first winter ascent, first ascent by a woman, fastest descent, first legally blind person, longest stay on top, first person to hike from sea level to summit with no oxygen . . . and the list goes on.
Sun published a press release yesterday announcing the Sun Blade X8440 Server Module, a blade server designed for Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. The press release claimed "an 8-thread World Record on the industry-standard SPECompM2001 benchmark." (1)
Note that this result is actually on the dual-core model. Also note that this result is claimed as an "8-thread" record. IBM holds the #1 results for SPECompM2001 at 4-core, 8-core, 16-core, plus the overall #1 "world record." (2)
I could probably get the world record for the first female IBMer over 39 from Ohio to make it to Base Camp. (Note that I haven't actually verified this claim.)
The point here is that world records are great but some only really matter to the person who holds the record and maybe their two best friends.
Source: www.spec.org . Results current as of 09/11/07.
(1) Sun Blade X8440 (4xAMD Opteron model 8222, 8 cores, 4 chips, 2 cores/chip, 8 threads, 3.0 GHz): 24,246 SPECompM2001.
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