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1 1 Jacob Thomas Basu Vaidyanathan Bret Olszewski Session II April 2014 POWER8 Benchmark and Performance

2 IBM POWER8 versus Intel x86 “Ivy Bridge” Published Industry Standard Benchmarks IBM Power S824 (3.5GHz) Intel x86 “Ivy Bridge” POWER8 vs x86 POWER8Xeon E v2Ratio 24 cores SAP SD 2-Tier 1 21,212 10, x SPECint_rate ,750 1, x SPECfp_rate , x SPECjEnterprise ,543 11, x 1) IBM Power System S824 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 4 processors / 24 cores / 96 threads, POWER8; 3.52GHz, 512 GB memory, 21,212 SD benchmark users, running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 10.5, dialog response: 0.98 seconds, line items/hour: 2,317,330, dialog steps/hour: 6.952,000 SAPS: 115,870 database response time (dialog/update): sec / 0.019sec, CPU utilization: 99%, Certification #: * Results valid as of 3/24/14. * Certification # not available at press time. Source: (1.1) Fujitsu RX300 S8 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 2 processors / 24 cores / 48 threads. Intel Xeon E processor 2.70 GHz, 256 GB memory, SD benchmark users, running Windows Server 2012 SE and SQL Server 2012, Certification #: ) IBM Power S824 results submitted to SPEC, waiting for approval. Supermicro SuperServer 6027AX-TRF (X9DAX-iF, Intel Xeon E v2, 2.70 GHz) results. Source: 3) IBM WebSphere Application Server V and DB on IBM Power S824 result of 22, published on Apr 22, Oracle Weblogic Server Standard Edition Release and Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Sun Server X4-2 result of 11, published on Sep 23, Source:http://www.spec.org

3 SAP Sales & Distribution 2-Tier ERP 6 Benchmarks IBM Power System S824 using DB vs. Competition Over 2 times better 24 core performance than nearest Intel competitive results Up to 2 times greater performance than previous Power generation Cisco UCS C240 M3 Fujitsu RX300 S8 HP ProLiant BL460c IBM Power S824 IBM Power S824 IBM p270 IBM p260 (1.0) IBM Power System S824 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 4 processors / 24 cores / 96 threads, POWER8; 3.52GHz, 512 GB memory, 21,212 SD benchmark users, running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 10.5, dialog response: 0.98 seconds, line items/hour: 2,317,330, dialog steps/hour: 6.952,000 SAPS: 115,870 database response time (dialog/update): sec / 0.019sec, CPU utilization: 99%, Certification #: * Results valid as of 3/24/14. * Certification # not available at press time. Source: (1.1) Fujitsu RX300 S8 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 2 processors / 24 cores / 48 threads. Intel Xeon E processor 2.70 GHz, 256 GB memory, SD benchmark users, running Windows Server 2012 SE and SQL Server 2012, Certification #: (1.2) Cisco UCS c240 M3 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 2 processors / 24c ores / 48 threads. Intel Xeon E processor 2.70 GHz, 256 GB memory, SD benchmark users, running Windows Server 2012 DE and SQL Server 2012, Certification #: (1.3) HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 2 processors / 24 cores / 48 threads. Intel Xeon E processor 2.70 GHz, 256 GB memory, SD benchmark users, running Windows Server 2012 DE and SQL Server 2012, Certification #: (2.1 IBM Flex System p270 Compute Node on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 4 processors / 24 cores / 96 threads, POWER7+; 3.4GHz, 256 GB memory, SD benchmark users, running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 10.5 Certification #: Source: (1.1)IBM Flex System p260 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application; 2 processors / 16 cores / 64 threads, POWER7+; 4.1GHz, 256 GB memory, 10,000 SD benchmark users, running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 10, Certification #: X more users

4 4 IBM Power S824 SPECjEnterprise2010 Result IBM Power S824 SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark (as of April 20, 2014) Power S824 core is the fastest core in the industry Power S824 holds 8 th rank in over all non-cluster systems The only 24-core result in the top 10 non-clustered results Note: all comparisons as of April 20, For more details, please visit

5 5 IBM Power S824 SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 results IBM Power S824 is the fastest SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006 core in the industry history The same POWER8 core holds both records IBM Power S824 SPECint_rate2006 result beats all low core/high frequency Intel results Note: all comparisons as of April 13, For more details, please visit

6 6 IBM Power p8 Systems: Enhanced rPerf POWER8 rPerf SMT scaling ST1.00x SMT21.45xST > SMT21.45x SMT41.89xSMT2 > SMT41.30x SMT82.02xSMT4 > SMT81.07x POWER8 Enhanced rPerf results SystemConfiguration FreqcoresSTSMT2SMT4SMT8 Power S8141x6c3.02GHz6c x8c3.72GHz8c Power S8221x 6c3.89GHz6c x 10c3.42GHz10c x 6c3.89GHz12c x 10c3.42GHz20c Power S8241x 6c3.89GHz6c x 8c4.15GHz8c x 6c3.89GHz12c x 8c4.15GHz16c x 12c3.52GHz24c SMT2: p6 compatibility mode AIX V6.1 SMT4: p7 compatibility mode AIX V7.1 SMT8: p8 native mode AIX V7.1 The rPerf assumes 100% CPU utilization

7 7 IBM Power S824/S822 versus p7/p7+ p740/730 comparisons 16c 3.55GHz p740 to 24c 3.52GHz S824 speedup System speedup: 2.39x and 2.23x in p7 compatibility mode Core speedup: 1.59x and 1.49x in p7 compatibility mode

8 8 Operating System AIX 7.1IBMi 7.1IBMi 7.2RHEL 7RHEL 6.5SLES 11 SMT modeSMT4 SMT8 SMT4 Partition Mobility From/To AIX 5.3AIX 6.1AIX 7.1LinuxIBM i 7.2 POWER6/6+ POWER7/7+ POWER8 Supported Level FWAIXIBM iLinux (PowerVM only) Maximum SMT level P8810_007.1 TL3 SP3 + APAR IV TR8, 7.2RHEL 7SMT8 P8810_00AIX 6.1 TL9 SP3 + APAR IV56366 Other levelsRHEL 6.5 SLES 11 SP3 SMT4 Default SMT mode of supported OS on POWER8 Supported FW and OS Levels on POWER8

9 9 This is a preliminary draft. A URL to the content (living document) will be available at product GA time.

10 10 Performance Best Practices Documents Best Practices documents and References: POWER Power Virtualization Best Practices Active Memory Expansion Performance IBM i Performance Management on IBM i IBM i on Power – Performance FAQ Under the Hood: Power Logical Partitions AIX and VIOS AIX on Power – Performance FAQ VIOS Sizing Java Java Performance on P Databases AIX and Oracle Database Performance Considerations (ICC) Advisor Tools: Workload Estimator PowerVM Virtualization Performance LPAR Advisor VIOS Advisor Java Performance Advisor Redbooks: PowerVM Best Practices PowerVM Managing and Monitoring PowerVM Virtualization Introduction and Configuration Software Updates: IBM i Technology Updates Fix Central ( for Firmware, AIX and VIOS updates ) This is a preliminary draft. A URL to the content (living document) will be available at product GA time.

11 © 2013 IBM CorporationIBM Confidential01/03/14 Education Content DeliverableTarget Date Enhanced rPerf table and education04/29 Capacity Sizng Rulebook and education06/15 Pre-/Post-sales Education and Training06/15 External Performance GA and post-GA Migration Best Practices (2-pager)4/29 – preliminary GA and Post-GA - updates P8 Performance Education Timeline


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