* Posts by eoin mcconnell

3 posts • joined 23 Sep 2008

Sun faces up to the 64 thread question with T2+

eoin mcconnell

Response to Eion, Matt & sunsucks.

I can't comment on support costs or support qualify as Intel don't sell server systems. Did you run a benchmark comparison of UltraSPARCT2 vs Xeon?. Comparing a 1s or 2s T2 vs Itanium is really comparing Apples and Oranges. Would suggest that you compare a T2 with a its current xeon equivalent in terms of system configuration and look at the performance and price of the systems. Hopefully some of my comments posted earlier might help

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telecoms companies moving to RHL

Interesting comment about 'But you are not into significant enterprise computing if you think people actually want to switch systems that really matter to RHL, or any linux for that matter'. I agree that you are not into enterprise computing until people switch systems...but people are switching systems away from SPARC and over to RHL/Xeon (or chossing to stay on solaris but deploy solaris on xeon)

Telecoms are in fact choosing to move enterprise computing workloads from Solaris/SPARC over to RHL. Check out Telefonica in Spain. they just moved their mission critical online charging system (based on Oracle) over to combination of RHL on Intel Xeon based servers

http://www.intel.com/references/pdfs/Telef_Prepay_FV.pdf.

hope this helps

cheers

Eoin

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eoin mcconnell

T2 compared to x64 and Xeon

Some great discussion points about T2, SPARC, threads etc.

But what about comparing the performance and price of T2 systems vs standard x86 xeon based systems also available from SUN?. I am an Intel employee and wanted to share some fact.. Don't beat me up yet, until you have had a chance to read what I wanted to share below.

If your Operating system of choice is solaris, then you can run solaris on xeon (and SUNs deep knowledge of this OS) or if you want a change of scenery then you can choose linux or windows on xeon (also available from SUN)

I wanted to share with you some publicly available information comparing T2 systems with their xeon equivalents. Based on system capability and price I compare a 1s T2 system ( with 32GB memory this will set you back about $24,000) vs SUNs 2S Xeon ( same memory for about $11,000) and a 2s T2 (64GB memory $56,000) vs SUNs 4S Xeon (about $33,000).

- 2S Xeon outperforms 1S T2 across a range of workloads (never mind the significant price difference). Taking '1' as a baseline, what I have seen on spec.org and sap websites is higher results for xeon. 10% better on SAP, 40% better on specfprate, 60% better on specintrate, 65% better on specjbb

- 4s xeon outperforms 2s t2. 30% better on specfprate, 80% better on specintrate and 40% on specjbb, 23% better on sap

Now this is comparing a mixed bag of operating systems, but even if you take solaris on T2 vs Solaris on Xeon, Xeon outperforms in a solaris environment

- Sun Blade x6250 15% better on specintrate, Sun Xeon 7460 405 better on specjbb, Sun Xeon 7460 10% better on SAP.

So for me as an IT buyer it would be about buying the best performance product from SUN, retaining my Solaris OS and getting all this at a fraction of the cost of a T2 system

Eoin McConnell

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