System x X6 Servers Shatter Industry Performance Records Using New Intel Xeon Processor E7 v3 Family

Since the introduction of enterprise X-Architecture (EXA) in 2001, Lenovo’s System x[1] EXA servers have led the industry in performance, achieving dozens of world record results. These records span the breadth of workload types, from data warehousing and online transaction processing to virtualization, decision-support, and more.

When the sixth generation of EXA (X6) debuted in January 2014, the trend of setting new world records continued, with eight more #1 results in 2014 and early 2015.[2]

Now, incorporating the new Intel Xeon E7 v3 series of processors (codenamed Haswell), System x X6 servers have shattered even more 4-processor performance world records:

  • TPC-E[3] — The Lenovo System x3850 X6 achieved a score of 6964.75 tpsE, 24% faster than the previous record.
  • TPC-H[4] @ 3000GB — The System x3850 X6 scored 700,392.4 Queries per hour H (QphH) @ 3000GB, 51% faster than the previous record.
  • SPECvirt_sc2013[5] — The System x3850 X6 scored 2655 @ 147 VMs, 27% faster than the previous record.
  • 2-tier SAP SD (running Windows)[6] — The x3850 X6 achieved 30,501 SAP SD benchmark users, 22% faster than the previous record.[7]
  • SAP BW-EML scale-out @ 1 billion records[8] — The x3850 X6 achieved 1,992,570 nav steps/hr @ 1 billion records, 29% faster than the previous record.
  • SAP BW-EML scale-out @ 10 billion records[9] — The x3850 X6 achieved 269,960 nav steps/hr @ 10 billion, the first server ever to use 10 billion initial records.
  • ANSYS Fluent x86 R16[10] — The System x3850 X6 achieved the highest performance rate ever for a single x86 server on the fluidized_bed_2m  benchmark with a score of 4035.5, 19% faster than a similarly configured previous-generation system baselined by Intel. (New benchmark; no previous R16 record.)

These results prove that System x X6 servers continue to be the premiere performance servers across a wide range of workloads, encompassing both rack and converged infrastructure/blade form factors.

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[1] Lenovo acquired the full line of System x servers from IBM in October 2014.

[2] All 2014 benchmark results are available at http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/systems/server-library/index.html#sortBy=time&sortAscending=false.

[3] #1 4P TPC-E as of May 5, 2015. See http://www.tpc.org/4072. Availability: July 31, 2015. Details of the previous best 4P TPC-E performance result can be found at http://www.tpc.org/4067.

[4] #1 4P @3000GB non-clustered TPC-H as of May 5, 2015. Also, #1 price/performance @3000GB non-clustered TPC-H as of May 5, 2015. See http://www.tpc.org/3313. Availability: May 26, 2015. Details of the previous best TPC-H @3000GB non-clustered performance result can be found at http://www.tpc.org/3297.

[5] #1 4P SPECvirt_sc2013 as of May 5, 2015. Results available at http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2015q2/virt_sc2013-20150430-00025-perf.html. Availability: May 26, 2015. Previous record result available at http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2014q4/virt_sc2013-20140929-00018-perf.html.

[6] #1 4P 2-tier SAP SD (Windows). Results published on May 5, 2015. The SAP certification number is  2015010. Results can be found at www.sap.com/benchmark. For previous record results, see Footnote 5, above.

[7] All SAP 2-tier SD benchmarks were run on Windows Server, IBM DB2 10 and SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0. All SAP BW-EML benchmarks were run on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, SAP HANA 1.0 and SAP NetWeaver 7.40. For previous record results, see Footnote 6, above.

[8] #1 4P scale-out @ 1 billion records. Results published on May 5, 2015. The SAP certification number is  2015011. Results can be found at www.sap.com/benchmark. 

[9] #1 4P scale-out @ 10 billion records. Results published on May 5, 2015. The SAP certification number is  2015018. Results can be found at www.sap.com/benchmark.

[10] #1 4P Fluent x86 R16 single-server result as of May 5, 2015. Using Lenovo System x3850 X6 with four Xeon E7-8890 v3 processors (2.5GHz, 72 cores, 144 threads), 512GB TruDDR4 memory, and one 400GB SAS HDD, running RHEL 6.6; compared to a similarly configured system baselined by Intel, with four Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 processors (2.8 GHz, 60 cores, 120 threads) and 512GB DDR3, running RHEL 6.4.