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IBM is Tops, Once Again, in Technical Computing

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The TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was just released.

IBM had numerous leading entries in this list. Let us count the ways. IBM had the:

  • Most installed aggregate throughput with over 73.2 Petaflops out of  223 Petaflops (32.8%)  HP had 14.7%. And Oracle. Oracle had .4%. Yes, that’s 0.4%. And IBM has had this Lead for 28 Lists in a row.
  • Most in TOP 10 with 5 ( #3 LLNL-Sequoia BG/Q, #5 ANL-Mira BG/Q, #7 Juelich–JUQUEEN BG/Q, #8 LLNL-Vulcan BG/Q, #9 LRZ-SuperMUC iDataPlex)
  • Most in TOP 20 with 9
  • Most in TOP 100 with 34
  • Fastest system in Europe (Juelich-JUQUEEN BG/Q)
  • Fastest Intel based system (x86-only LRZ-SuperMUC iDataPlex)
  • 22 of 28 most energy-efficient systems (over 2,000 MF/w)
  • TOP500 Jun13

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    Source: http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 6/18/13.

    The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM or IBM management.

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    June 18, 2013 at 12:56 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

    IBM is #1 in TOP500 Supercomputers

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    This morning the latest TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was announced. The TOP500 is based on the Linpack benchmark, a key measure of high performance computing.

    IBM is once again #1 in leadership with the:

  • New #1: LLNL Sequoia Blue Gene/Q at 16.32 PFlops
  • 5 in TOP 10
  • Most installed aggregate throughput with over 58.6 out of 123.4 Petaflops with Blue Gene, Power Systems, System x.
  • Lead for 26 Lists in a row
  • Most systems in TOP500 with 213. HP had 140. Oracle had 7.
  • Fastest system in Europe
  • Fastest x86 system
  • 20 Most energy-efficient systems
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    Source: http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 6/18/12.

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    June 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

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    IBM TOP500 Supercomputing Leadership

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    This morning the latest TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was announced. The TOP500 is based on the Linpack benchmark, a key measure of high performance computing.

    IBM is once again #1 in leadership with the:

    • Most installed aggregate throughput with over 20,234 out of 74,064 Teraflops, taking the lead for 25 lists in a row
    • Most systems in the TOP500 with 223 (HP had 142. Oracle had 10, a decrease from June when they had 12.)
    • Most energy-efficient system with the IBM Blue Gene/Q
    • 5 Most energy-efficient systems

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    Source: http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 11/14/11.

    The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM or IBM management.

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    November 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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    Is There a “Right” and “Wrong” with Benchmarks?

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    Like many of our politicians lately, Oracle has been proselytizing — in this case that there are certain benchmarks which are right and certain benchmarks which are wrong.

    In their evaluation Oracle claims to focus on all the right benchmarks while claiming that everyone else is focusing on the wrong ones. Let’s take a look at their reviews:

  • Thumbs up for SPECjEnterprise – Yes, I wholeheartedly agree, a good benchmark to use for Java applications. And that’s why IBM has outstanding results on this benchmark. Oracle’s T4 result needed four times the number of app nodes, twice the number of cores, almost four times the amount of memory and significantly more storage than the IBM POWER7 result.(1)
  • Thumbs up for Oracle ebusiness, JDEdwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel – Good when you need to model these exact applications but keep in mind that Oracle owns these “independent” benchmarks. Even with a stacked deck, IBM has #1’s here.
  • Thumbs up for TPC-H – Yes, totally agree that this benchmark is valuable for business intelligence applications. Which is why IBM just published a leadership 3TB TPC-H result.(2) And Oracle’s T4 result needed 2.7x the amount of storage and 14x the number of streams than the IBM POWER7 1TB result.(3)
  • Thumbs up for SPECweb2005 – Funny that Oracle likes this one since there is a definite lack of publishes here anymore and this benchmark is being retired in January.
  • Thumbs up for TPC-C – Even funnier that Oracle likes this one since Sun avoided publishing on this for many, many years claiming this benchmark was too old. Now, as a fair-weather friend, it’s a favorite. IBM has the top nonclustered result (even with an older Power system).(4)
  • Thumbs down for SAP SD – Interesting that this valuable benchmark for SAP users is on Oracle’s hit list. This benchmark is a wonderful measure for SAP users and has many proof points from many vendors. Is that why Oracle tries to avoid this one and instead publishes on other more obscure SAP benchmarks like SD-Parallel and ATO?
  • Thumbs down for SPECjAppServer2004 – Looking to fill up space, since Oracle knows as well as we do that this benchmark was retired almost a year ago. Also ironic because I do seem to remember that Oracle/Sun used to really like this benchmark. Alot.
  • Thumbs down for SPECcpu and SPECjbb – These are nice and easy for integer, floating point, and Java business apps. Surely valuable in their own way.
  • Thumbs down for Stream – Ignoring HPC users are we? We’ve seen this before with the TOP500. IBM has the most systems with 213. Oracle had 12.
  • Keep in mind that Oracle has only published their latest SPARC T4 results on 2 industry standard benchmarks — that’s right, only 2. Which is fine, if you don’t mind steering with your eyes closed.

    My view is that you may want and need to look at different aspects of systems across a wide portfolio of many different types of benchmarks. Which is why IBM is #1 — in over 100.

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    (1)Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Solaris running on a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster, each system with four SPARC T4 3GHz processors, (128 core app server, 64 core db server), 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS vs. WebSphere Application Server V7 on IBM Power 780 and DB2 on IBM Power 750 Express, (64 core app server, 32 core db server), 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.
    (2)IBM POWER 780 (8 sockets/32 cores/128 threads) 192,001 QphH@3000GB, $6.37/QphH@3000GB, available 11/30/11.
    (3)SPARC T4-4 server (4 sockets/32 cores/256 threads) 201,487 QphH@1000GB, $4.60/QphH@1000GB, available 10/30/11. IBM POWER 780 Model 9179-MHB server (8 sockets/32 cores/128 threads) 164,747.2 QphH@1000GB, $6.85/QphH@1000GB, available 3/31/11.
    (4)A 64-core IBM Power 595 (5 GHz, 32 chips, 128 threads) with IBM DB2 9.5 is the best overall single system (6,085,166 tpmC, $2.81/tpmC, configuration available 12/10/08).
    Sources: http://www.spec.org, http://www.tpc.org, http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 10/26/11.

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    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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    October 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    It’s Better on TOP (500)

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    Two weeks ago I climbed Old Rag. Old Rag is one of the most awesome mountains in the Shenandoah, only 70 miles from Washington DC and one of the few treeless tops in the park with an incredible 360 degree view. What did I learn from my climb?

    • When it’s 95 degrees, you really do need 2 liters of water per person.
    • Black flies have now migrated from Canada and New England to Virginia.
    • You definitely want to rub your suntan lotion in first, then put on the insect repellent.
    • If you take off your pack first, it’s amazing how much easier you can pull yourself through crevasses.
    • If you’re anything older than 19, you may need some help getting around boulders.
    • A “shelter” in the Shenandoah is not the same thing as a “hut” in the White Mountains. There is no drinking water and they don’t sell cookies.

    So you may be thinking — this is a nice way to spend a vacation day? But despite all, there’s just something about being on top.

    And today, the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was released.

    • IBM has the most installed aggregate throughput with over 15,334 out of 58,876 Teraflops (26.0%).
    • IBM has had this lead for 24 lists in a row.
    • IBM has the most energy-efficient system.
    • IBM has the most systems with 213. HP had 154. Oracle had 12.

    Oh, and one more thing. Besides the top of the mountain, there’s the beautiful mountain laurel blooming white and pink. And the cold stream you can soak your hot feet and insect bitten legs in at the bottom. And that’s when you really feel that you wouldn’t trade the top of Old Rag for anything. Except maybe another top.

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    Source: http://www.top500.org. Results current as of 6/20/11.

    The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of IBM or IBM management.

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    June 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

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