Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Awesome POWER8 Benchmarks, Awesome Dessert

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New frozen yogurt establishments seem to be popping up everywhere. You know, the ones with the cute name, the pink and green decor, the pink and green spoons to match.

A key differentiator in this new wave of stores is the do-it-yourself aspect. But even more extraordinary is the mind-boggling array of toppings. Dozens, in some cases hundreds. I especially love the portfolio of berries that are offered — but my favorite happens to be the small pieces of chocolate that look like rocks.

These stores have pretty much bloomed everywhere these days — whether rural, suburban, or urban area. I had seen them first in Manhattan a couple of years ago; but I knew they had become a true game changer when I located one in, of all places, suburban Poughkeepsie.

IBM today has just formally announced new POWER8 systems, servers that allow data centers to manage staggering data requirements with unprecedented speed, all built on an open server platform. This game-changing infrastructure represents IBM’s singular commitment to providing higher-value, open technologies for the latest types of applications, including cloud, big data and analytics, and mobile and social computing.

Of course, performance is a key factor in this groundbreaking technology. Some of us may have heard about these new systems earlier; but today is the day if you are really into performance — and this dessert is the best part. IBM has just added 6 new #1 benchmarks to the already huge portfolio of existing record benchmarks. Let’s take a look at these for the new IBM Power S824:


What’s especially interesting about these 6 is that they represent a wide portfolio of excellence and value in a real world environment — from specific applications that you run everyday, like sales, payroll, and order management, to Java and even technical computing. And these are varied workloads (just like all those berries) from various vendors, including Oracle, that have been shown via popular and well-accepted third party benchmarks to surpass all other systems, including x86.


Benchmarks, pick your favorite #1.

Mine is still the chocolate that looks like rocks.


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(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 / 192 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): 0.011 sec / 0.019sec, CPU utilization: 99%, Certification #2014016. Source:
(2)The 12-core IBM Power S824 (3.52 GHz) achieved the best 12-core extra-large Oracle E-business 12.1.3 benchmark Payroll batch result (1,090,909 checks per hour). Source:
(3)The 6-core IBM Power S824 (4.1 GHz) database server achieved the best overall Siebel CRM result (50,000 users).
(4)The 24-core IBM Power S824 (3.52 GHz) db running DB2 10.5 / 24-core IBM Power S824 (3.52 GHz) app running WebSphere 8.5 is the best 24-core SPECjEnterprise2010 configuration (22,543 Enterprise jAppServer Operations Per Second (EjOPS)) . Source:
(5)The 24-core IBM Power S824 (3.5 GHz, POWER8) is the best 24-core system (1370 SPECfp_rate2006 result, 24 cores, 4 chips, 6 cores/chip, 8 threads/core).
(6)The 24-core IBM Power S824 (3.5 GHz, POWER8) is the best 24-core system (1750 SPECint_rate2006 result, 24 cores, 4 chips, 6 cores/chip, 8 threads/core).

All results current as of April 28, 2014.

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Written by benchmarkingblog

April 28, 2014 at 7:24 am

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  1. Yes, there are lot of marketing FUD from Oracle, claiming they have faster cpus. Who cares about cpus? The important thing is how fast the cores are, because you buy software licenses by the core. This means you need strong cores to keep the software cost down. With Oracle servers you need several cores to reach the same performance as the POWER servers, increasing the software cost.


    August 19, 2014 at 7:08 am

  2. Any chance POWER9 will include some of the nice features in the Oracle T7? (Hardware support for tagged pointers, garbage collection etc)

    Anthony Moran

    August 12, 2016 at 3:30 am

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