Lenovo System x3950 X6 Establishes a BIG First

Think of famous firsts and a name automatically pops into your head.  The first person to walk on the moon: Neil Armstrong.  The first to climb Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary, or the first to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, Charles Lindbergh.  That’s how firsts work.  Be the first and you are forever associated with the accomplishment.

The Lenovo System x3950 X6, our top of the line eight-processor mission critical server just established the first ever non-clustered performance result on the TPC-H™ benchmark @30,000GB scale.  The TPC Benchmark™ H (TPC-H) (from tpc.org) is a decision support benchmark that projects system performance in a data warehouse environment. The benchmark mimics decision support systems that examine large volumes of data, executes highly complex queries, and provides critical business insights.  

To achieve this record level of performance, the x3950 X6 was configured with eight Intel Xeon E7-8890 v3 processors with 18 cores each, 12TB of memory and sixteen Enterprise io3 Flash PCIe adapters and used Microsoft Windows Server® 2016 Standard Edition and Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise Edition.  The result demonstrates a tightly integrated and optimized Microsoft SQL solution on the Lenovo X6 server, with the ability to process huge amounts of data. The benchmark result was helped by the ability of Windows Server 2016 to support 12TB of memory; previously Windows Server only supported 4TB of memory.  Check out Microsoft’s site for SQL Server 2016.

At 30TB, this result is three times larger than the previous tested non-clustered database, reflecting the growth of in-memory databases both in size, and popularity.  Customers running SAP HANA and Hadoop environments will be able to run larger databases without having to compromise performance.  To learn more about our results, click here.  Our results are posted here. This result comes on the heels of the x3850 X6, our 4P E7 system, establishing a new world record on the TPC-H 3K benchmark back in March.

Even our friends at Intel were impressed:  “Intel is excited about our collaborative capabilities with Lenovo and Microsoft in mission critical computing. The support of 12TB of memory running with the Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family allows customers to run sizeable in-memory databases without compromises in performance, capacity, or scalability” said Shiv Kaushik, Intel Senior Fellow, Software and Services Group General Manager

Now, establishing the initial world record on a server benchmark may, (and I emphasize may), not fall into the Everest, moon, Atlantic category of accomplishments for most folks.  But I can tell you that the very smart folks here in the Lenovo labs are pretty darn excited about it.  I mean, it’s big, and we’re first!  After all, can you name the second person to fly across the Atlantic?