Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sun Takes #1 Spot in TPC-C Benchmarks!



Sun Takes #1 Spot in TPC-C Benchmarks!

Abstract
Sun has long participated in benchmarks. Some benchmarks have been left idle by Sun for may years. Sun has released a new TPC-C benchmark, using a cluster of T2+, earlier than advertised.
An interesting blog on the topic
Interesting Observations
  • Order of magnitude fewer racks to produce a faster solution
  • Order of magnitude fewer watts per 1000 tpmC
  • Sun's 36 sockets to IBM's 32 sockets
  • 10 GigE & FC instead of InfiniBand
  • Intel based OpenSolaris storage servers, instead of AMD "Thumper " based servers
Some thoughts:
  • The order of magnitude improvements in space and power consumption was obviously more compelling to someone than shooting for an order of magnitude improvement in performance
  • The performance could have been faster by adding more hosts to the RAC configuration, but the order of magnitude comparisons would be lost
  • The cost savings for superior performing SPARC cluster is dramatic: fewer hardware components for maintenance , lower HVAC costs, lower UPS costs, lower generator costs, lower cabling costs, lower data center square footage costs
  • The pricing per SPARC core is still to high for the T2 and T2+ processors, in comparison to the performance with competing sockets
  • The negative hammering by a few internet posters about the Sun OpenSPARC CoolThreads processors not being capable of running large databases is finally put to rest
It would have been nice to see:
  • a more scalable SMP solution, but this solution will expand better in an IBM horse race
  • a full Sun QDR InfiniBand configuration
  • a full end-to-end 10GigE configuration
  • Ithe T2 with embedded 10GigE clustered instead of the T2+ with the 10GigE card

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