Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F AMD EPYC 3251 Benchmarks
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 embedded AMD EPYC 3251 is very good. Just for comparison, we added a dual Westmere-EP generation dual Intel Xeon X5670 setup here. This dual CPU 2010 configuration used well over four times the power for the two CPUs and IO hub. In nine years, packaging has reduced by about one quarter, power about one quarter, and cost by about a quarter for a similar level of performance.
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. We wanted to show here how much of a performance lead the AMD EPYC 3251 embedded part has over the CPU performance of the NVIDIA Jetson TX2. The Jetson TX2 is a lower power part with a GPU, but one can see an Arm point of time example in this embedded segment over the EPYC 3251.
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.
Here, the AMD EPYC 3251 performance is substantial, notching another win over the 8-core Intel Xeon D-2141I competition on the decompression side. The Intel Xeon D-2141I performs above the AMD EPYC 3251 on the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F on the compression side.
Sysbench CPU test
Sysbench is another one of those widely used Linux benchmarks. We specifically are using the CPU test, not the OLTP test that we use for some storage testing.
Here the roles reverse and the Intel Xeon D-2141I takes the lead. One can see the clock speed and SMT advantages with 16 threads on the AMD EPYC 3251 versus the AMD EPYC 3201.
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:
The AMD EPYC 3251 offers smaller packaging sizes, lower power consumption, and more performance than the Intel Xeon Silver 4108. That is impressive. The Intel Xeon Silver 4108 has more PCIe lanes and I/O, as well as more memory channels. On the other hand, the AMD EPYC 3251 has a higher memory capacity than the Intel Xeon Silver 4108.
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:
AMD EPYC chips tend to fare well in these tests. Again, we can see performance competitive to Intel Xeon D-2141I levels but at a lower cost. The Xeon D-2141I has a 30% higher TDP (65W v. 50W) than the AMD EPYC 3251 powering the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F.
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:
Overall, having a lot of cores in a 50W TDP SoC helps here, as we have seen in our other tests.
Next, we are going to look at the Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F power consumption followed by our final words.