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Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series - Financial Services

Financial Services Application Benchmarks

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Black-Scholes* 5.0 performance

Financial Services Application Benchmarks

Benchmark description

The Black-Scholes* kernel workload is based on a financial modeling algorithm for the pricing of European style options. After its publication in 1973 by Fisher Black, Myron Scholes, and Robert Merton, its impact was enormous and rapid. The benchmark consists of a kernel that implements a derivative of the Black-Scholes technique. SunGard developed the code, which uses a continuous fraction technique that is more accurate than the traditional polynomial approximation technique. The test produces number of jobs performed per day.

Configuration Details

Black-Scholes* 5.0

Benchmark: Black-Scholes 5.0

Baseline configuration and score on benchmark: Intel® Software Development Platform W3EB1 with two quad-core Intel® Xeon® processor W5590 (3.33GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 6.4GT/s QPI, D0 stepping, 130W TDP, HT enabled, Turbo enabled, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology-enabled, C1E enabled), BIOS version 03/03/2010, 24GB (6x4GB DDR3-1333 ECC RDIMM) memory, Microsoft* Windows 7 Enterprise x64 Edition OS. Source: Intel internal testing as of March 2010. Score: 11120 Jobs/day.

New configuration and Score on Benchmark: Intel® Software Development Platform W3EA2 (Baseboard Supermicro X8DAi, Intel® 5520 C2 Chipset) with two six-core Intel® Xeon® processor X5690 (3.47GHz, 12MB L3 Cache, 6.4GT/s QPI,B1 stepping, 130W TDP, HT enabled, Turbo enabled, EIST enabled, C1E enabled), BIOS version 09/14/2010, 24GB (6x4GB DDR3-1333 ECC RDIMM) Memory, one nVidia* Quadro* FX5800, nVidia* graphic driver version 259.81 (using 3D APP-Default Global Settings, vertical sync off), one external 21" LCD Display (1280x1024,32bit color quality, 75Hz), one 74GB 10000RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Disk, Microsoft Windows 7* Enterprise x64 Edition OS. Source: Intel internal testing as of December 2010. Score: 17143 Jobs/day.

Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series based workstations

The Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 series can dramatically advance the efficiency of IT infrastructure and provide unmatched business capabilities. These dual-processor-capable multi-core platforms transform workstations into workstation supercomputers that provide breakthrough performance and energy efficiency to visualize larger and more complex data. This groundbreaking intelligent workstation technology features:

  • Intelligent performance technology adapts to mega-tasking workloads, allocating more performance to demanding applications when available.
  • Automated energy efficiency that scales energy usage to the workload to achieve optimal performance per watt.
  • Flexible expandability that supports more memory and dual graphic adapters for better visualization experience.

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Product and Performance Information


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. Source: Published and Intel internal data as of February 14, 2011. Please see configuration details links above for system configuration details. For more information go to www.intel.com/performance.

2. Relative performance for each benchmark is calculated by taking the actual benchmark result for the first platform tested and assigning it a value of 1.0 as a baseline. Relative performance for the remaining platforms tested was calculated by dividing the actual benchmark result for the baseline platform into each of the specific benchmark results of each of the other platforms and assigning them a relative performance number that correlates with the performance improvements reported.

3. 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.

4. Intel® Turbo Boost Technology requires a platform with a processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology capability. Intel Turbo Boost Technology performance varies depending on hardware, software, and overall system configuration. Check with your platform manufacturer on whether your system delivers Intel Turbo Boost Technology. For more information, see www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/turbo-boost/turbo-boost-technology.html.

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. Intel® products are not intended for use in medical, life-saving, life-sustaining, critical control, or safety systems, or in nuclear facility applications. All dates and products specified are for planning purposes only and are subject to change without notice.

7. Intel does not control or audit the design or implementation of third party benchmarks or websites referenced in this document. Intel encourages all of its customers to visit the referenced websites or others where similar performance benchmarks are reported and confirm whether the referenced benchmarks are accurate and reflect performance of systems available for purchase.