Adds world’s highest performing processors from AMD for 2- and 4- way x64 systems outperforming IBM, HP and Dell; Expands operating systems (OS) choice with new SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9; Demonstrates dual-core technology
LinuxWorld Conference — February 14, 2005 – Expanding its offerings for network computing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced performance and feature enhancements for its AMD Opteron processor-based systems that achieved seven new world-record results. Often referred to as x64 systems, the Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z servers outperformed 2- and 4-way servers from IBM, HP and Dell on industry-standard benchmarks. The news comes in conjunction with AMD’s announcement of its latest enhancements to the AMD Opteron processor – Models 252 and 852, and continues to feature highly optimized systems running Solaris 10, common Linux distributions or Windows operating systems. In addition to unmatched OS support, customers can enjoy up to a 25 percent performance increase on the Sun Fire V20z server(2), and up to a 29 percent performance increase on the Sun Fire V40z server(3).
Sun also unveiled new pricing promotions for select Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z servers, and Sun Java Workstations, giving customers even better price/performance for these products. Additionally, Sun announced it has certified its x64 systems to fully support SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 9 for AMD64 technology, broadening customers’ OS choice and increasing the availability of applications for Sun’s x64 systems.
“Sun is strategically positioned to continue leading with x64 systems, and the company continues to offer customers unparalleled performance with systems powered by the latest AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture,” said Lisa Sieker, vice president, Network Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Today’s performance increases at no additional cost, attractive price promotions and the certification of SLES 9 demonstrates our commitment to our customers, and reflects our ability to deliver leading edge technologies. We’ve seen double digit growth in demand for these systems from Sun, proving that when you add valuable business and technical innovation to industry-standard hardware, customers will reap the benefits.”
Customers Choose Sun’s Industry-standard x64 Systems
In just over a year since Sun announced its first system with the AMD Opteron processor, customers including China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Dygra Films, E! Networks, EDS, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Schlumberger, Overture Services, Inc. (A Yahoo! Company), University of Leicester and University of Nottingham have run their applications on Sun’s x64 systems running standard Linux distributions. Enterprise customers in financial services, manufacturing and oil industries to name a few, as well as customers in government, research, and education among other markets, are reaping the benefits of Sun’s OS-independent, high-performance x64 systems, with tens of thousands of unique customers in 49 countries worldwide.
“Sun’s x64 systems powered by AMD Opteron processors run anywhere from three to ten times faster than what we had before. That translates to substantial growth in work productivity,” said Eric Greenwade, chief IT architect at Idaho National Laboratory (formerly INEEL). “We can work simultaneously on models, which are several thousands times larger than our previous ability. The end result is we can do problems that are up to 10 to 100 times bigger and get them done in as little as 1/10th the time and our confidence in results also has vastly improved.”
Sun Delivers Extreme x64 Performance
The Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z servers, and the Sun Java Workstations just got faster. These systems are now powered by the world’s highest performing AMD Opteron processor Model 252 for the Sun Fire V20z server and Sun Java Workstation W2100z, and AMD Opteron processor Model 852 for the Sun Fire V40z server. These systems also support the fastest 400 MHz Double Data Rate (DDR) memory that is available for AMD Opteron processors. Systems equipped with AMD processors deliver incredible performance and competitive advantages with its Direct Connect Architecture, designed to help eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in competitor’s front-side bus and enable overall system performance and efficiency.
“Sun and AMD have teamed to continue to advance 32-bit performance in the enterprise with a simplified migration to 64-bit computing on dual-core ready platforms, while providing a choice of operating systems including Solaris 10, Red Hat and SUSE Linux as well as Windows,” said Ben Williams, vice president, Commercial and Server/Workstation Business, AMD. “We are seeing a growing number of customers interested in taking advantage of the reliability and virtualization features of Solaris 10, which together with Sun Studio 10 is optimized for AMD Opteron processor-based systems.”
Sun Posts Seven New World-Record Results – Outperforms Dell and HP
The Sun Fire V20z and Sun Fire V40z servers provide excellent deployment platforms for a number of high-performance and compute-intensive applications. These x86 systems recently achieved world-record benchmarks running Solaris 10(1), as well as the following seven new records:
Sun Servers Outpace IBM Servers by up to 23 Percent
Sun’s x64 systems with the AMD Opteron processor continue to outperform comparably configured IBM servers equipped with Power5 processors. A recent SPEC OMP2001 benchmark demonstrates that the Sun Fire V40z server, in a 2-way configuration, outruns the 2-way Power5-based IBM eServer OpenPower 710 server by 23 percent using half the number of parallel threads(3). In addition, based on SPEC CPU2000 suite, a 2-way Sun Fire V20z server beat a 2-way IBM eServer p5 510 by 22 percent on SPECint_rate2000 benchmark and by over 7 percent on the SPECfp_rate2000 benchmark. When compared to the 2-way IBM eServer OpenPower 710, which only runs Power-specific version of Linux, the Sun Fire V20z server is faster by over 15 percent on SPECfp_rate2000 benchmark(2). On Web-intensive workloads, the Sun Fire V40z server tops the previous IBM eServer p5 570 SPECweb99_SSL record without resorting to the use of specialized SSL encryption cards, demonstrating the true computing capability of this highly successful platform(5).
Customers Receive Significant Cost Savings
The pricing promotions for x64 systems include:
Customer Options Continue to Grow
Extending its offerings for 64-bit network computing, Sun announced a number of new options for x64 systems including:
Dual-core Sneak Preview
Visit Sun’s booth #123 to see the latest demonstration of AMD64 dual-core technology.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com
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SPEC and the benchmark names SPEComp, SPECweb99_SSL, SPECcpu and SPECjbb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results reflect data published as of 02/11/05. For the latest benchmark results, visit http://www.spec.org/. Sun has submitted all results to SPEC. The 2-way systems have 2 cores. The 4-way systems have 4 cores.
(1) The results can be found at: http://www.sun.com/smi/Press/sunflash/2005-02/sunflash.20050201.6.html