Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 Performance
For this exercise, we are using our legacy Linux-Bench scripts which help us see cross-platform “least common denominator” results we have been using for years as well as several results from our updated Linux-Bench2 scripts. At this point, our benchmarking sessions take days to run and we are generating well over a thousand data points. We are also running workloads for software companies that want to see how their software works on the latest hardware. As a result, this is a small sample of the data we are collecting and can share publicly. Our position is always that we are happy to provide some free data but we also have services to let companies run their own workloads in our lab, such as with our DemoEval service. What we do provide is an extremely controlled environment where we know every step is exactly the same and each run is done in a real-world data center, not a test bench.
We are going to show off a few results, and highlight a number of interesting data points in this article.
Python Linux 4.4.2 Kernel Compile Benchmark
This is one of the most requested benchmarks for STH over the past few years. The task was simple, we have a standard configuration file, the Linux 4.4.2 kernel from kernel.org, and make the standard auto-generated configuration utilizing every thread in the system. We are expressing results in terms of compiles per hour to make the results easier to read:
Performance of the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 ‘s embedded AMD EPYC 3251 tops our charts of embedded parts up to eight cores here. High clock speeds along with sixteen threads mean performance is great. It comes close to the dual Intel Xeon X5670 configurations which shows just how much performance has moved into the low power embedded realm.
c-ray 1.1 Performance
We have been using c-ray for our performance testing for years now. It is a ray tracing benchmark that is extremely popular to show differences in processors under multi-threaded workloads. We are going to use our 4K results which work well at this end of the performance spectrum.
Here the AMD “Zen” architecture performs very well benefiting the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4. Clock speeds combined with high core counts and fast caches mean that AMD solutions do well here.
7-zip Compression Performance
7-zip is a widely used compression/ decompression program that works cross-platform. We started using the program during our early days with Windows testing. It is now part of Linux-Bench.
One can notice Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 with the AMD EPYC 3251 is faster than the Intel Xeon D-2141I. Supermicro offers Intel Xeon D-2141I options as well. Since the Xeon D-2141I is a higher cost and power consumption part, this can be a good alternative platform.
OpenSSL is widely used to secure communications between servers. This is an important protocol in many server stacks. We first look at our sign tests:
Here are the verify results:
This is very interesting. Here we see the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 offers more performance than the Intel Xeon Silver 4108 based servers. That is impressive. Our Intel Xeon Silver 4208 review was published before this review but tested after. The performance edge has moved back to the mainstream Xeons which have more PCIe lanes and I/O, as well as more memory channels. Still, the fact that AMD is competitive here says a lot about today’s market.
UnixBench Dhrystone 2 and Whetstone Benchmarks
Some of the longest-running tests at STH are the venerable UnixBench 5.1.3 Dhrystone 2 and Whetstone results. They are certainly aging, however, we constantly get requests for them, and many angry notes when we leave them out. UnixBench is widely used so we are including it in this data set. Here are the Dhrystone 2 results:
Here are the whetstone results:
Here again, we see the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 and the onboard AMD EPYC 3251 perform well both in single and multi-threaded tests. That is a testament to how well AMD designed the EPYC 3000 line.
Chess is an interesting use case since it has almost unlimited complexity. Over the years, we have received a number of requests to bring back chess benchmarking. We have been profiling systems and are ready to start sharing results:
Here the Intel Xeon D-2141I again edges out the AMD EPYC 3251, but AMD is again very close at lower cost and power consumption. For the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 that is a great trend.
Next, we are going to look at the Supermicro AS-E301-9D-8CN4 power consumption before getting to the STH Server Spider and our final words.