Cisco UCS Claims Nine World Record Benchmarks with the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 Family

By Girish Kulkarni, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco

On March 31, 2016 Cisco announced support for the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 family on the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS). On the same day as the Intel announcement, Cisco captured Nine world records on industry benchmarks on Cisco UCS to highlight the way in which Cisco UCS can accelerate performance across the data center.

As we know, there is no better way to compare performance than by using industry-standard benchmarks, and with Nine new world record benchmark performance results Cisco has demonstrated Cisco Unified Computing System’s outstanding performance and IT productivity across key data center workloads. Check out the Performance Brief for additional information on the nine new Cisco UCS world record benchmarks. The detailed benchmark disclosure reports are available here. The performance leadership across a wide range of workloads provided by Cisco UCS is validated by the nine World records announced today summarized below:

  1. SPECfp®_rate_base2006 – Best 2-socket x86-architecture result
  2. SPECint®_rate_base – Best 2-socket x86-architecture result
  3. SPECint_base2006 – Best 2-socket x86-architecture result
  4. SPECjbb®2015-MultiJVMBest 2-socket x86-architecture result for critical jOPS
  5. SPECfp®_base2006 – Best 2-socket x86-architecture result
  6. TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS)- Best performance and price/performance at the 1-TB scale factor
  7. TPC Express Benchmark HS (TPCx-HS)- Best performance and price/performance at the 10-TB scale factor
  8. SAP Sales and Distribution (SD)- Best 2-processor, 44-core, 2-tier result
  9. SPEC®OMPG2012 – Best 2-socket x86-architecture result

Cisco’s world-record-setting benchmark results also demonstrate dramatic performance improvements over the prior- generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family. Cisco’s results demonstrate the degree to which Cisco UCS servers with large memory configurations deliver the power of the new Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family. Compared to Cisco’s previous-generation servers powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5 v3 family, Cisco’s new servers demonstrate dramatic improvements in raw CPU power as well as business and parallelized application performance.

Cisco UCS with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 family delivered up to 127 percent better performance over the prior generation Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family as shown in the graph below:

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Performance Improvement Compared to Previous Generation Cisco UCS Servers (Percent)

It is interesting to note that although all vendors have access to same Intel processors, Cisco UCS unleashes their potential to deliver high performance to applications through the power of unification and performance optimization. Cisco UCS integrates industry-standard x86-architecture blade and rack servers with networking and storage access into a unified system. Automated server and network configuration let you quickly and easily deploy new applications, repurpose existing servers, and scale applications with configurations that are compliant with your IT standards.

Cisco’s continued performance leadership with Cisco UCS comes in part due to the power of the Intel Xeon processors that power Cisco UCS servers. Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 family CPUs provide the best balance of performance, power efficiency, and features to meet the diverse needs of your data center applications and workloads. Built on 14-nanometer (nm) processor technology, these innovative processors offer up to 22 cores, large high-speed memory configurations, and accelerated I/O throughput, delivering significant performance improvements compared to previous-generation processors. The processors also offer increased memory bandwidth monitoring and cache allocation capabilities, optimum data center orchestration and virtualization features, and hardware-assisted security advancements, which work in conjunction with Cisco UCS servers to further enhance the value of IT infrastructure in your enterprise.

The architectural advantages of a single cohesive system optimized for virtualized environments coupled with the industry leading benchmark performance results makes the Cisco Unified Computing System an “infrastructure platform of choice” to provide industry-leading performance in your data center. For additional information on Cisco UCS and Cisco UCS solutions please visit Cisco Unified Computing & Servers web page.

  1. The floating-point throughput performance improvement of 19.3 percent compared the SPECfp_rate_base2006 score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available on September 8, 2014.
  2. The integer throughput performance improvement of 27.5 percent compared the SPECint_rate_base score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available on March 5, 2015.
  3. The integer processing performance improvement of 14 percent compared the SPECint_base2006 score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available on March 5, 2015.
  4. The Java application performance improvement of 127.3 percent compared the SPECjbb2015- MultiJVM critical-jOPS score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available on September 30, 2015.
  5. The floating-point performance improvement of 16.8 percent compared the SPECfp_base2006 score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available in December, 2014.
  6. The big data system performance improvement of 11.1 percent and the price/performance improvement of 29.6 percent at a scale factor of 1 TB compared the TPCx-HS results of Cisco Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics using Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Servers with Huawei FusionInsight for Big Data, a result that was available on September 15, 2015.
  7. The big data system performance improvement of 3.9 percent and price/performance improvement of 13.3 percent at a scale factor of 10 TB compared the TCPx-HS results of the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Big Data and Analytics using the Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server with the previous generation of Cisco’s solution, a result that was available March 22, 2016.
  8. The SAP SD benchmark certification number was not available at press time and when certified can be found on the following web page: http://global.sap.com/campaigns/benchmark/index.epx.
  9. The parallel-processing performance improvement of 28.2 percent compared the SPECompG_peak2012 score of the Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server with the previous-generation Cisco UCS C220 M4 Rack Server, a result that was available on September 8, 2014.
  10. The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a nonprofit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective and verifiable performance data to the industry. TPC membership includes major hardware and software companies. The performance results described in this document are derived from detailed benchmark results available as of March 31,2016, at http:// www.tpc.org/tpcx-hs/results/tpcxhs_perf_results. asp.
  11. SPEC, SPECfp, SPECint, SPECjbb, and SPEComp are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. The benchmark results used to establish world-record status are based on those available at http://www.spec.org as of September 8, 2014.