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Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2600 v2 Product Family

Virtualization performance benchmarks

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The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family is at the heart of an agile and efficient data center that meets your diverse needs. These engineering marvels are designed to deliver the best combination of performance, energy efficiency, integrated workload optimizations, and cost-effectiveness. Whether you are improving agility through virtualization, running cloud-based services, or running high-performance computing applications, such as design automation and real-time financial transactions, you’ll be delighted by better than ever performance and energy efficiency. New virtualizatyion and security features work together to deliver a more trusted compute environment. You will be able to harness big data and deliver new services with deeper insights, enabled by Intel® Integrated I/O, which helps you to eliminate data bottlenecks across the platform. The Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family—versatile processors at the heart of today’s data center.

Virtualized Server Consolidation Performance using SPECvirt_sc*2013

SPECvirt_sc2013* is SPEC's updated benchmark addressing performance evaluation of datacenter servers used in virtualized server consolidation. SPECvirt_sc2013 measures the end-to-end performance of all system components including the hardware, virtualization platform, and the virtualized guest operating system and application software.  Compared to the previous SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark, it provides heavier and more bursty workloads that require virtual machines with more memory and vCPUs and further stress the system's ability to meet the benchmark's quality of service requirements.

The benchmark utilizes several SPEC workloads representing applications that are common targets of virtualization and server consolidation. These workloads are modified versions of SPECweb2005, SPECjAppServer2004, SPECmail2008, and SPEC CPU2006 that match a typical server consolidation scenario of CPU resource requirements, memory, disk I/O, and network utilization for each workload. Scaling is achieved by running additional sets of virtual machines, called "tiles", until overall throughput reaches a peak.  All VMs must continue to meet required quality of service (QoS) criteria.

The benchmark is targeted for use by hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors, application software vendors, data center managers, and academic researchers.

Best publications as of September 10, 2013. 

Configuration Details


Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690-based Platform Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2-based Platform
System

IBM Flex System x240*

IBM System x3650 M4*

Number of processors

2

2

Number of cores/threads

8/16 per processor

12/24 per processor

Processor speed

2.9 GHz

2.7 GHz

Processor third-level cache

20 MB

30 MB

Platform manufacturer

IBM

IBM

System memory

256 GB

512 GB

Operating system

Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.4

Red Hat* Enterprise Linux 6.4

Source

http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2013q3/virt_sc2013-20130730-00003-perf.html

http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2013/results/res2013q3/virt_sc2013-20130820-00004-perf.html

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Product and Performance Information

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1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to www.intel.com/performance.

2. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology: See the Processor Spec Finder at http://ark.intel.com or contact your Intel representative for more information.

3. Requires a system with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is the next generation of Intel Turbo Boost Technology and is only available on select Intel® processors. Consult your PC manufacturer. Performance varies depending on hardware, software, and system configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

4. Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology) requires a computer system with a processor supporting Intel® HT Technology and an Intel® HT Technology-enabled chipset, BIOS, and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. For more information including details on which processors support Intel® HT Technology, see www.intel.com/products/ht/hyperthreading_more.htm.

5. Intel processor numbers are not a measure of performance. Processor numbers differentiate features within each processor family, not across different processor families. See www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/processors/processor-numbers.html for details.

6. Results have been estimated based on internal Intel analysis and are provided for informational purposes only. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance.