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Cisco: TV Everywhere, Benchmarks Nowhere

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No more having to remember when Glee is on. Or what channel. Or whether I should record it.

I read this morning that Cisco has just announced a new video platform — one that will in the future enable the TV shows and movies you want to watch to find you via software that uses past viewing patterns. And the ability to watch on any device via a cloud-based digital video recorder.

The “Above and beyond TV Everywhere” concept.

If only Cisco’s benchmarks could be so exciting.

Cisco’s new SAP SD 2-tier benchmark result today is so lackluster, you certainly wouldn’t want it to find you. Or record the result.

The IBM Flex System x240 had 21% better performance and the Flex System p260 (POWER7+) had 53% better performance.(1)

Thursday on Glee is the Michael Jackson episode. Expect a “Bad” performance as well.

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(1)IBM Flex System p260 Compute Node, 2 processors / 16 cores / 64 threads, IBM POWER7+, 4.10 GHz, 32 KB (I) and 32 KB (D) L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 10 MB L3 cache per core, 256 GB main memory. Number of SAP SD benchmark users: 10,000, Average dialog response time: 0.97 seconds, Fully processed order line items/hour: 1,094,000, Dialog steps/hour: 3,282,000, SAPS:54,700, Average database request time (dialog/update):0.010 sec / 0.017 sec, CPU utilization of central server:99%, Operating system, central server:AIX 7.1, RDBMS:DB2 10, SAP Business Suite software:SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, Certification #2012035.

IBM Flex System x240 – IBM Flex System x240 on the two-tier SAP SD running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 2 processors /16 cores / 32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690, 2.90 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 20 MB L3 cache per processor,128 GB main memory, 7,960 SAP SD benchmark users, dialog response: 0.98 seconds, line items/hour: 870,330, dialog steps/hour: 2,611,000, SAPS: 43,520, database response time (dialog/update): 0.012 sec / 0.010 sec, CPU utilization: 99%, OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, DB2 9.7; Certification #2012016.

Cisco UCS B200 M3, 2 processors / 16 cores / 32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690, 2.90 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 20 MB L3 cache per processor, 256 GB main memory; SAP SD benchmark users: 6,530 , Average dialog response time: 0.98 seconds, Throughput: Fully processed order line items/hour: 713,670, Dialog steps/hour: 2,141,000, SAPS: 35,680
Average database request time (dialog/update): 0.015 sec / 0.036 sec, CPU utilization: 99%, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3, Sybase ASE 15.7, SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, Certification #2013001.

http://www.sap.com. Results current as of 1/8/13.

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January 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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A Tale of IBM Great Expectations

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .”

Let’s look at the worst first.

Last week HP announced new Itanium servers. But don’t get too excited. Were there industry standard benchmarks announced in the press release? — No, just “internal lab testing.”

Last week I was meeting with some IT Analysts. They told me how disappointed they were with a certain vendor. “We’ll probably never see an Exadata benchmark.”

Now for the best.

Yesterday IBM once again was a leader in the TOP500 list of supercomputers with:

  • Most systems in TOP500 with 193. HP had 148. Oracle had 6.
  • Most installed aggregate throughput with over 66.2 out of 162 Petaflops. IBM has had this lead for an amazing 27 lists in a row.
  • Most in TOP 10 with 6.
  • Fastest Intel based system.
  • 26 of 30 most energy-efficient systems.

And today, IBM announced new Flex technologies for IBM PureSystems, including POWER7+ compute nodes. And there were benchmarks. Amazing benchmarks, including the IBM PureSystems #1 result on the SAP SD 2-tier 16-core benchmark. (1)

“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.”

“It was the age of wisdom . . . we had everything before us . . .”

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(1) IBM Flex System p260 Compute Node, 2 processors / 16 cores / 64 threads, IBM POWER7+, 4.10 GHz, 32 KB (I) and 32 KB (D) L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 10 MB L3 cache per core, 256 GB main memory. Number of SAP SD benchmark users: 10,000, Average dialog response time: 0.97 seconds, Fully processed order line items/hour: 1,094,000, Dialog steps/hour: 3,282,000, SAPS:54,700, Average database request time (dialog/update):0.010 sec / 0.017 sec, CPU utilization of central server:99%, Operating system, central server:AIX 7.1, RDBMS:DB2 10, SAP Business Suite software:SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, Certification number: 2012035; http://www.sap.com.

Results current as of 11/13/12.

SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SPEC, SPECint, SPECfp, SPECjbb, SPECweb, SPECjAppServer, SPECjEnterprise, SPECjvm, SPECvirt, SPECompM, SPECompL, SPECsfs, SPECpower, SPEC MPI and SPECpower_ssj are trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

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November 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

PureSystems, Bigger (and more Powerful) than a Bread Box

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IBM PureSystems combine the flexibility of a general purpose system, the elasticity of cloud and the simplicity of an appliance tuned to the workload.

Recently I’ve been hearing something that I find odd — Because of the simplicity, flexibility, and integrated design of PureSystems, I’ve heard the “blade” word mentioned. I mean nodes or IT Elements(ITEs) are involved here. Does this mean that the form factor appearance equates in any way to performance? How big exactly is one of these things? And I don’t mean floor space.

Using the Power Systems Performance Report, for instance, let’s take a look at the rPerf numbers.

As we know, rPerf is an estimate of commercial processing performance relative to other IBM UNIX systems. It is derived from an IBM analytical model which uses characteristics from IBM internal workloads, TPC and SPEC benchmarks. The model simulates some of the system operations such as CPU, cache and memory.

An IBM PureSystems 32-core p460 at 3.55 GHz is 331.1. What’s your guess on what that system can be compared with? The answer is: a Power 750 at 331.06. What about a 16-core p260? The rPerf is 176.6 compared with 176.57 for a 16-core Power 750. No small potatoes.

The point here is that these systems do have the advantages of blades and appliances. They have superb systems management capabilities. But also a whole lot more — including powerful performance.

It may look a little like an appliance. It may smell somewhat like a blade. It may taste like bread. But it’s also amazing in the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

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Sources: http://www.tpc.org, http://www.spec.org. Results current as of 6/14/12.
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June 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

Expert Integrated Systems: A Revolutionary Repast

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This past weekend I needed to make dinner for 15 people. Twice.

I organized my shopping into two trips, not ten. I cooked one side dish but bought another. One night I grilled, one I roasted. I set the table ahead of time. I admit it — I even bought bagged salad.

The point here is simplification. Do what we need to with limited resources. Save time, reduce costs, get the performance we require. And that’s one of the main points of Expert Integrated Systems.


With new IBM PureSystems, you get the best of all worlds. A combination of the flexibility of a general purpose system with the simplicity of an appliance. It’s revolutionary and evolutionary. And all of this with outstanding performance, of course:

Performance plus powerful systems management capabilities. Game-changing technology. Like my automatic dishwasher, which was also quite popular this weekend, and luckily performed quite well.

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(1) IBM Flex System p460 – Source: sap.com/benchmark. Configuration and results of the IBM Flex System p460 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 4 processors /32 cores / 128 threads, POWER7, 3.55 GHz, 256 GB memory, 17,000 SAP SD benchmark users, dialog response: 0.96 seconds, line items/hour: 1,861,670, dialog steps/hour: 5,585,000, SAPS: 93,080, database response time (dialog/update): 0.011 sec / 0.021 sec, CPU utilization: 99%, OS: AIX 7.1, DB2 9.7; Certification #2012015.
IBM Flex System x240 – Source: sap.com/benchmark. Configuration and results of the IBM Flex System x240 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 2 processors /16 cores / 32 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690, 2.90 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and
256 KB L2 cache per core, 20 MB L3 cache per processor,
128 GB main memory, 7,960 SAP SD benchmark users, dialog response: 0.98 seconds, line items/hour: 870,330, dialog steps/hour: 2,611,000, SAPS: 43,520, database response time (dialog/update): 0.012 sec / 0.010 sec, CPU utilization: 99%, OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition, DB2 9.7; Certification #2012016.
Results valid as of 4/11/2012.

(2)TPC-C result on IBM Flex System x240, Performance (tpmC): 1,503,544, Price/Performance: .53 USD, Pro! cessors / MHz of Server: Intel Xeon Processor E5-2690 2.90GHz / 2.90GHz
Total # of Processors / Cores / Threads: 2 / 16 / 32, Availability Date: 8/16/2012. Result current as of 4/11/12. Source: http://www.tpc.org

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April 11, 2012 at 12:18 am

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