AMD / Tyan / SUSE Set LAN Server Throughput Record
Chicago, IL, May 4, 2005 - A series of tests conducted in April at the Neal Nelson & Associates benchmarking laboratory measured a sustained data rate of 6.5 gigabits per second from a single 2U form
factor server powered by AMD Opteron processors. One endurance test ran continuously for 48 hours and transferred over 1,000 terabits (1 petabit) of user data between 96 FTP client machines and the single FTP
server. These data rates were achieved with the common IPV4 protocol and standard 1,500 byte packets.
"AMD64 technology combined with quality components from other vendors, like Tyan, results in servers with
incredible price-performance," said Pat Patla, director, Server/Workstation Marketing, Microprocessor Business Unit, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD (NYSE: AMD). "This particular server set-up demonstrates
that the AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect Architecture is well-suited for demanding datacenter environments."
The server was assembled entirely from stock components. Four AMD Opteron processors Model
850 were installed in a Tyan Transport TX46 chassis, and the system was configured with Novell's (NASDAQ: NOVL) SUSE LINUX Professional 9.2 operating system. System integration and system tuning were provided by the
Neal Nelson & Associates staff.
"Tyan's Transport server systems are built to provide performance and power for a wide range of applications in many different industries," stated Danny Hsu, vice-president of
Sales and Marketing at Tyan Computer Corporation. "Neal Nelson & Associates has pushed the performance envelope forward through what is both an incredible feat of engineering prowess, and another great example of
how Tyan products enable our customers to gain technology leadership."
The 6.5 gigabit data rate was measured as 96 client computers of Neal Nelson's Multi-Node Test Bed performed FTP "Gets" and
"Puts" of multi-megabyte files. The client traffic was evenly spread over six separate gigabit ports in the server machine.
Nelson's Multi-Node Test Bed allows the use of user application programs to
stress both networks and servers in ways that exactly duplicate real-world operating conditions.
"In our lab we run tests where application programs perform specific tasks in a carefully controlled fashion," said
Neal Nelson, who supervised the test. "This allows us to isolate performance factors and optimize a machine configuration to get the absolute highest performance from a given platform."
"Never before has a single
2U chassis run real application programs like FTP at sustained data rates that are this high," continued Nelson. "When this is viewed in the context of continuous operation for 48 hours and a total of 1 petabit of data
transferred this is truly a record-setting accomplishment."
A white paper has been prepared that more fully describes the test sequence and its findings. A copy of the white paper can be obtained by sending an
email request to LanTest@nna.com
Neal Nelson & Associates operates a benchmarking laboratory in the Chicago area. This lab is available to commercial and government users for independent tests. For further information, call (847) 851-8900 or email
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Tyan Computer Corporation,
founded in 1989 by long-time Intel and IBM executive Dr. T. Symon Chang, designs, manufactures and markets advanced system board technology. Its products are sold to OEMs, VARs, System Integrators, and Resellers
worldwide for a wide range of applications. Tyan enables its customers to be technology leaders by providing scalable, highly-integrated, reliable platforms for a wide range of applications such as Internet
appliances, and server/workstation usage in markets such as CAD, DCC, E&P and HPC. Since its inception, Tyan has consistently been one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States.
Tyan was named to the prestigious INC 500 in 1997 and 1998 (the 19th fastest growing U.S. company in 1997). Tyan was also ranked by Deloitte & Touché as one of the USA's "Fast 500", as well as one of
Silicon Valley's "Fast 50" companies in 1998. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.tyan.com