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World Record Benchmarks Set by Sun Ultra Workstations
Sun Ultra 40 and 20 Workstations Lead Price/Performance
February 20, 2006,
Volume 96, Issue 4

Customers are looking for increased performance from their workstations.... Sun designed these new workstations with these customer needs in mind.

-- Lloyd Cohen
 

Sun UltraTM Workstations have set 12 world record benchmarks, reports Sun, demonstrating these systems' capabilities with various system configurations while running a variety of supported operating systems. The Sun UltraTM 40 Workstation alone set nine new world records, indicating its unquestionable lead over the competition in both performance and price/performance categories.

Details of the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation's new world records include:

  • Pro/Engineer OCUS benchmark: On this MCAD benchmark, the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, running 64-bit Windows XP operating system and equipped with two AMD Opteron processor Model 254 CPUs, is up to 7 percent faster than the competing HP xw9300 workstation and up to 49 percent faster than the closest competing Intel Xeon-based workstation, the Dell Precision 670.

  • SPEC_CPU2000 benchmark: Two world records were set on this benchmark for dual socket x86 workstations. The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation, equipped with two AMD Opteron processor Model 280 CPUs and utilizing the SunTM Studio 11 compiler suite on the SolarisTM 10 Operating System (Solaris OS), excelled on both integer and floating point intensive throughput subcomponents of the benchmark.

The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation set its own records with three new world records recorded, including:

  • SPEC APC SolidWorks 2005 benchmark: This benchmark was developed to capture the typical activities of a CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) designer, including I/O, CPU and graphics-intensive operations. The result is an eight test suite from which a single composite score is derived. The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation topped the chart in both performance and price/performance categories, outrunning the HP xw9300 workstation by 76 percent, while costing two times less.

  • EnSight benchmark: The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation delivered the best price/performance combination, while performing faster than the nearest competing system, the HP xw9300.

"Customers are looking for increased performance from their workstations, including the ability to handle increasingly complex data sets and sophisticated visualization. What's more, IT departments are faced with developing the correct IT infrastructure at the right cost," said Lloyd Cohen, director, Worldwide Market Analysis at IDC. "Sun designed these new workstations with these customer needs in mind. With its Ultra Workstation family, Sun offers customers flexibility in platform and operating system choice, providing options for the x64 market as well as the company's SPARC installed base."

More information on the Sun Ultra Workstation benchmarks can be found at the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation Web page and the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation Web page both hosted on the Sun Web site. "

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