October 13, 2008

Sun Sets Multiple World Records With New Solaris-Powered Sun SPARC(R) Enterprise T5440 Server; Launches New Sun Savings Challenge to Demonstrate Extreme Cost Savings and Value of SPARC Enterprise Servers

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the new Sun SPARC(R) Enterprise T5440 server with the Solaris 10(TM) Operating System (OS) has set seven world records on industry standard benchmarks including the best four processor result on two-tier SAP(R) Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, Oracle's Siebel CRM 8.0 Platform Sizing and Performance Program (PSPP) and single-node SPECjAppServer2004.

Sun also announced the Sun Savings Challenge to give customers a view into how the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server competes with other vendors' servers on key buying criteria including performance, cost, power, space and management. Qualified customers can apply for a free on-site assessment and receive a detailed total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) analysis. Other benefits of the Sun Savings Challenge include whitepapers and technical solution briefs. The Challenge will also be available for the Sun SPARC(R) Enterprise M4000 and M5000 servers. More information on the Sun Savings Challenge is available at http://www.sun.com/SunSavingsChallenge.

Delivering up to four times the performance of competitive quad-socket servers, the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server is an ideal consolidation and virtualization platform for enterprise applications including large scale OLTP databases, CRM and ERP. In a compact 4 RU package, the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server increases server utilization while reducing energy consumption and lowering operating costs. For more information on the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server visit http://www.sun.com/T5440.

 Enterprise-Class World Records:  -- Two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark - The SPARC Enterprise T5440 server running on the SAP ERP application Release 6.0 and Oracle(R) Database Server 10g on the Solaris 10 OS delivered the highest four-processor result on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark, as of Oct. 13, 2008. The breakthrough score of 7,520 SAP SD Benchmark users posted by the new SPARC Enterprise server (4 processors/32 cores/256 threads) outperforms four processor two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark results achieved on the IBM System p570 Power6 (4,010 SAP SD Benchmark users). When compared with HP Integrity rx6600 running Intel Itanium 2 processors (1,750 SAP SD Benchmark users) the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server achieved up to four times the number of SAP SD Benchmark users.(1)  -- Siebel CRM 8.0 PSPP - The SPARC Enterprise T5440 server has claimed the world record on the Siebel CRM PSPP benchmark, which is designed to stress systems running Siebel CRM software, one of the most widely used CRM applications. The unprecedented result of 14,000 active Siebel benchmark users was set on a single SPARC Enterprise T5440 server with Sun Java System Web server, Siebel CRM Application Servers and Oracle Database software using Solaris Containers. Siebel CRM 8.0 PSPP is a multi-tier benchmark that simulates the real-world requirements of a large organization consisting of thousands of users simultaneously accessing a call center from multiple departments. The SPARC Enterprise T5440 server proves to be the most energy and space efficient server in the industry consuming only 1,276 watts during the benchmark in only four RUs.(2)  -- SPECjbb2005 - Pairing the most stable Java(TM) technology implementation on the market with the industry's most efficient multi-socket CMT platform propels the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server to the top spot in the four processor category on this Java-based Enterprise benchmark. The Sun HotSpot JVM running on top of Solaris 10 10/08, the forthcoming update to the Solaris 10 OS, sets a new standard for scalability by leveraging the 256 threads of the UltraSPARC(R) T2 Plus processors and beats the IBM System p550 result by almost 2x while demonstrating 1.5x better performance per watt.(3)  -- SPECjAppServer2004 - The SPARC Enterprise T5440 server running the Solaris 10 OS and Oracle WebLogic Server 10g raises the bar for other single application server results on the SPECjAppServer2004 benchmark. Benefiting from the scalability of the CMT architecture, the newest SPARC Enterprise server increases the competitive pressure by beating Java application servers based on the latest IBM Power6, Intel Itanium 2 and Intel Xeon processors. In addition, the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server delivered record performance per watt and scored best performance per rack unit for a Java application server. On the database tier of the benchmark, another SPARC Enterprise T5440 server running Oracle Database 11g on Solaris 10, supported this single-node world record SPECjAppServer2004 result.(4)  High Performance Computing (HPC) World Records:  -- SPECompL2001, SPECint_rate2006, SPECfp_rate2006 - The SPARC Enterprise T5440 server provides a portable, scalable platform for developing and deploying parallel applications and for running compute-intensive workloads, particularly when coupled with the Solaris 10 OS and Sun(TM) Studio 12 software. The new SPARC Enterprise T5440 server has achieved three world record results for all quad-processor systems on the following industry standard benchmarks: SPECompL2001, SPECint_rate2006 and SPECfp_rate2006(5).  Integer performance and the ability to parallelize workloads provide CMT-based systems with a significant advantage on real- world workloads like string searching or pattern matching. These operations often present in a variety of commercial, government and HPC applications ranging from bioinformatics to computer virus detection software. In Sun internal testing, the SPARC Enterprise T5440 server demonstrated up to 27x the throughput of an IBM Cell Broadband Engine DD3 blade and performed string searching 3.3x faster than the HP DL 580 G5 server with four Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPUs. With such vast integer-intensive and memory-intensive searching and matching capabilities the SPARC(R) Enterprise T5440 server could search a book as tall as Mt. Everest (29,035 feet) in mere 68 seconds. 

For additional information on Sun's leading CMT benchmarks please visit: http://www.sun.com/coolthreads/benchmarks.

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(1) Results of the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark. Configurations are as follows:

SPARC Enterprise T5440 - UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 4 processors / 32 cores / 256 threads, Solaris 10, Oracle 10g, SAP ERP 6.0. Results: 7,520 SAP SD Benchmark users, 37,650 SAPS, certification number 2008058

IBM System p 570 POWER6, 4 processors / 8 cores / 16 threads, AIX 5L version 5.3, Oracle 10g, SAP ERP 6.0. Results: 4,010 SAP SD Benchmark users, 20,120 SAPS, certification number 2008038.

HP Integrity rx6600 - Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050, 4 processors / 8 cores / 16 threads, Windows Server 2003 EE, SQL Server 2005, SAP ERP 6.0. Results: 1,725 SAP SD Benchmark users, 8,680 SAPS, certification number 2007040.

(2) Siebel CRM 8.0 Platform Sizing and Performance Program (PSPP) benchmark as of 10/01/08. Sun Microsystems: 14,000 users, 1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 x 1.4 GHz, 32 cores, 128GB RAM) Siebel CRM 8.0 SIA (20204) ENU, Sun Java System Web Server 6.1 SP8, Oracle 10g R2 V, Solaris 10 5/08. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 power consumption taken from measurements made during the benchmark run.

(3) Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores) 692736 SPECjbb2005 bops, 21648 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 power consumption of 1525W was measured during the benchmark run. IBM p550 (4 chips, 8 cores) 350642 SPECjbb2005 bops, 87661 SPECjbb2005 ops/JVM. IBM p 550 power specifications calculated as 80% of maximum input power reported 10/5/08 in "Facts and Features Report": ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/pm/br/n/ psb01628usen/PSB01628USEN.PDF (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.)

(4) Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores, 4RU) 5,836.15 SPECjAppServer2004 [email protected] Additional details available at http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/t5440/benchmarks.jsp.

(5) The following are the best 4 chip results. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 (4 chips, 32 cores, 256 threads): SPECint_rate2006 - 301, SPECfp_rate2006 - 230, SPECompL2001 - 235,655.