New TPC-E Benchmark for HP DL385 G7

Somewhat unnoticed during the holiday season, HP has submitted a new TPC-E benchmark for the DL385 G7 two socket database server, equipped with two 32nm 2.6GHz AMD Opteron 6282SE processors. This system, with 256GB of RAM and 84 spindles (in two Violin Memory Systems V3205 Flash Memory arrays), comes in with a 1,232.84 TpsE score.

This score is roughly comparable to an older score of 1284.14 TpsE for an HP DL380 G7 two socket database server, equipped with two 32nm 3.46GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 192GB of RAM, and 84 spindles.

The AMD Opteron 6282SE has 16 physical cores, so that a two socket system will have 32 physical cores. The Intel Xeon X5690 has six physical cores (plus hyper-threading), so a two socket system will have 12 physical cores or 24 logical cores with hyper-threading enabled.

This is very grim news for AMD with the upcoming core-based licensing in SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition, which would make the SQL Server 2012 core licenses for the DL385 G7 system cost 2.66 times as much as for the DL380 G7 system. That will be a pretty hard sell to justify that much extra in licensing costs, for no extra performance or scalability.

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4 Responses to New TPC-E Benchmark for HP DL385 G7

  1. There were DL385 G7 TPC-C results posted as well. Though that’s probably much less relevant to you, it showed at least a measurable delta ( ~ 15%) versus the 2-socket Xeon 5600 servers.

    The licensing impact will be harsh to AMD. Perhaps AMD can dream of an Oracle-like “core factor” for SQL. In a similar vein, VMware recently adjusted one of their per-core licenses to help: Opteron 6200 is licensed on vSphere 4.1 as if it only had half its cores. The technical reason for that (circuit-sharing between core pairs) seems a bit forced, but don’t argue with a discount.

    Microsoft would seemingly be better position to draw more SQL license money if competition in x86 processors kept hardware prices down.

  2. IPB says:

    Microsoft has published a SQL 2012 Core Factor table. AMD (> 6 cores) count as 0.75, while Intel are 1. So, cost gap closes a bit, but VMware used a core factor or 0.5 for their AMD licensing (16 cores counts as 8).

  3. Glenn Berry says:

    Microsoft has rolled out a core factor table for certain AMD processors, which include AMD 31XX, 32XX, 41XX, 42XX, 61XX, 62XX Series Processors with 6 or more cores.
    http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/get-sql-server/licensing.aspx

  4. Pingback: SQL Server 2012 Core Factor Table for AMD Processors | Glenn Berry's SQL Server Performance

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