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Article: 8-Socket Commodity Servers: Flourish or Perish?
By: Jesper Frimann (jesperfrimann.delete@this.gmail.com), March 9, 2010 10:35 pm
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Michael S (already5chosen@yahoo.com) on 3/9/10 wrote:

>2. IBM X4 is higher performance at 8 sockets than NEC/Unisys? Where is a proof?
>IBM could have marginally higher performance at 4S and IBM used to have higher
>performance at 8-16S during Tigerton times. But current Xeon-MP is Dunnington, not
>Tigerton. It seems very likely that with Dunnington IBM is slower than NEC/Unisys,
>otherwise they wouldn't avoid apple-2-apple comparisons.

Well I'd put these boxes at about equal performance, or at least to close to call. Sure the x3950 is the only one with a newish TPC-C test. So IMHO to close to call.

>3. AMD scaling to 8 socket was poor in the past. It's still not great right now
>but Shanghai was a huge improvement and Istanbul is slightly better yet. No, I wouldn't
>buy 8-socket Istanbul for anything I do. But, unlike a year ago, I wouldn't say
>that buying 8S Opteron is plain stupid and never makes sense. More so, by now it
>makes sense significantly more often than buying 8S Xeon.
>

Well if you look at the DL385 G6 versus DL585 G6 versus the DL785 G6 then I would call the scalability going from one to the other good enough, or perhaps adequate.

HP posted 3 SAP 2-Tier benchmarks on these boxes on December 7'th 2009. Here the scalability was 89% going from 385->585 and 84% going from 585->785.

Sure this SAP 2-Tier is a benchmark that is almost embarrassingly parallel but still :)=

// Jesper
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