Supermicro X11SPM-TPF 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. Starting with our 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable benchmarks, we are adding a number of our workload testing features to the mix as the next evolution of our platform.
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:
Here we wanted to show a sense of scale in terms of performance. Intel has a wide range of CPU options to choose from. We focused on the Intel Xeon Bronze, Silver, and Gold range to show what we feel are some realistic options.
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 8K results which work well at this end of the performance spectrum.
Here we wanted to address one of the big suggestions for the Supermicro X11SPM-TPF. It is a lower-cost platform, but there is an enormous benefit from moving beyond the Intel Xeon Bronze 3204 to the Intel Xeon Silver 4208. The price delta is around $200, but it vastly increases the versatility of the platform.
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.
There is also a great benefit to upgrading from that Silver 4208 to the Intel Xeon Silver 4210. You add two cores to the Supermicro X11SPM-TPF for only about $80. We think the Silver 4210 is a sweet spot for the lower-cost platform configurations. Storage servers may not need that much performance, but it adds a lot of flexibility.
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 Supermicro X11SPM-TPF scales up to 165W TDP CPUs. We actually had a Xeon Platinum 8260 working in the motherboard but removed that from our charts since it is not a supported configuration. Still, one can scale to excellent levels of performance with 20-28 cores in this motherboard.
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, we simply wanted to show how some of the options we have tested impact potential buyers. This should give some sense of relative performance between different SKUs but Intel has many SKUs available. Check STH for more in-depth looks at the performance of individual parts relative to others.
Next, we are going to look at the topology and then give our final thoughts.