Several months ago, Sun gave us the opportunity to look at a quad Opteron, 3U rackmount server that had everyone reevaluating Intel's dominance in the server arena. Four months later, AMD finally has some significant market share for entry level servers. Our original quad Opteron 850 server was an impressive piece of machinery, but since AMD's launch of dual core processors, a whole new class of high performance entry servers has evolved.

Sun was extremely pleased to announce to us that their dual core V40z had set the 64-bit SPEC JBB2000 World Record. We couldn't have been more excited to get a similar configuration for our testing to do some real world benchmarks for ourselves! Today we will look at one of these high performance Sun Fire V40z machines and see how they compare against the previous generation of V40z.

Since we are looking at an 8-core Opteron server today, a huge portion of our time will be dedicated to investigating scalability. While it is relatively hard to take an operating system or application and design it to run on two processors instead of one, it is also equally hard to take a system designed for two processes and scale it to eight. The cost prohibitive nature of 8-way systems traditionally make scaling defects difficult to really ascertain, and likewise its not too often that we even pay attention to them. With processors heading toward dual and eventually quad core, scalability of the OS and hardware begin to carry more and more weight.

For anyone in the computer business, there really isn't a better feeling than seeing 8 Opterons POST.

New Changes to the V40z
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  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    It brings up the Article Search box because I had to disable the article until we figure out the IE problem.


  • yelo333 - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    Is it just me, or is it normal to have problems reading anything but the first page? When I click to go to the next page, it just brings up the "article search" box. The print version also doesn't work.

    Using Firefox on linux. All extensions were disabled for the purpose of troubleshooting, with the same response.

    As it is right now, even clicking the article results in the "Article Search" box, rather then the article. I was able to read the first page about 5 min ago, though.
  • mircea - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    Page 3, 2nd last pharagraph, 4th line "we were ample to use the analyzer"

    I guess you want to say "able".
  • jm20 - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    wierd rendering in IE, does not produce a background and the formatting looks off. Also page 2 is not visible and sends me to the article search page.
  • Marlin1975 - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    yea weird rendering to say the least, that and nothing after page 2?
  • BurntKooshie - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    Shouldn't the first graph list SLES9 as one of the test parameters isntead of two Solaris 10's?
  • KristopherKubicki - Wednesday, June 29, 2005 - link

    If anyone is getting weird rendering in IE, please email me


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