System News
New World Record-Breaking Servers and Workstation Introduced
Powered by New 1.8 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ Processors or Next-Generation AMD Opteron Processors
August 15, 2006,
Volume 102, Issue 3

Ten new products were added to the Sun Fire server and Sun Ultra workstation families that run the SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS):

  • The new midrange Sun FireTM V490, Sun FireTM V890, Sun FireTM E2900, Sun FireTM E4900, Sun FireTM E6900 servers, and
  • Two new high-end servers, the Sun FireTM E20K and Sun FireTM E25K servers

All of these are powered by new 1.8 GHz UltraSPARCR IV+ processors with double the memory capacity and improved I/O. The new 1.8 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processor provides up to eight times the performance over previous SPARC processor generations, improved I/O and expanded memory capabilities.

  • Sun also introduced entry-level x64 servers: the Sun FireTM X2100 M2 server, Sun FireTM X2200 M2 server, and an x64 workstation, the Sun UltraTM 20 M2 workstation, designed for high-performance computing (HPC), web-tier applications and visualization.

Benchmark Results of New UltraSPARC IV+ Servers

The Sun Fire V890 server, equipped with 8 UltraSPARC IV+ 1.8GHz processors, achieved the overall world record performance in the r6iNotes Notesbench benchmark with 40,000 users, using the Domino7 messaging server, beating the IBM p5 550 (8 Power5+ 1.5GHz) with 54 percent more users and beating the much more expensive 16-way IBM p5 p570 by 40 percent. (All benchmark results are documented in the footnotes of the Sun press release for this announcement.)

The Sun Fire E25K server, configured with 1.8 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors and Sun StorEdge 3510FC arrays, set a new world record for the LHS BSCS iX billing and customer care system benchmark, achieving 1,264,490 invoices/hr, an increase of over 12 percent compared to the previous Sun Fire E25K server world record of 1,125,179 invoices/hr set with 1.5 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors.

Another result for the Sun Fire E25K server on the SPECint_rate2000 benchmark with 72 UltraSPARC IV+ 1.8 GHz processors beat the recently announced IBM eServer p5 595 with 64 POWER5+ 2.3 GHz processors by 9 percent. The same server configuration showed improved performance over similar Sun Fire E25K's with UltraSPARC IV 1.2GHz and UltraSPARC IV+ 1.5GHz processors by 93 percent and 13 percent respectively on SPECint_rate2000.

x64 Server Details

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server and Sun Fire X2200 M2 server are powered by the Next-Generation AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture. The systems are pre-installed with the Solaris 10 OS, in addition to giving customers the flexibility of running standard distributions of Linux and Windows.

These servers also come standard with comprehensive remote management capability, LOM, KVM and remote media capabilities.

The Sun Fire X2200 M2 server has up to twice the memory capacity and networking connectivity as other servers in its class, making it the perfect solution for compute-intensive simulation or modeling with large data sets.

The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server has established multiple world record benchmarks using the AMD Opteron 1000 Series processor, which surpasses the performance of Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 CPU. The Sun Fire X2100 M2 server provides at least 52 percent higher performance than the HP DL320 G4, Dell PowerEdge 850 and IBM xServer 306m.

The Sun Fire X2200 M2 server offers 15 percent lower power consumption and 38 percent better performance than systems based on the Intel Xeon 5160 processor, such as the HP DL360 G5 and Dell PowerEdge 1950.

The Sun Ultra 20 M2 workstation outperforms other workstations in its class, with a single socket x86 world record for floating point calculations. The developer tools installed on the system are Sun JavaTM Studio, Sun JavaTM Studio Creator, Sun JavaTM Studio Enterprise and the NetBeansTM IDE.

John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president, Systems Group, said: "Today we add new systems and additional firepower to our existing line, building on the success of our industry-standard x64 and CoolThreadsTM servers and leveraging the world-record performance, reliability and industry-leading virtualization capabilities of the Solaris 10 OS. With systems that scale from multi-core and multi-threaded 2- to 72-ways, a broad range of pricing and capabilities and support for multiple operating systems, Sun's rock-solid portfolio serves every aspect of computing."


There will be a Sun Expert Exchange forum August 24, 2006 (Thursday) on the new x64 servers, and another Sun Expert Exchange Forum on Wednesday August 30, 2006, about the new Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ servers with the new 1.8 GHz processor.

Audiocasts about the UltraSPARC IV+ and the x64 servers are available online.

There is a product webinar for partners available on the partner web site.

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