ThinkSystem SR650 Sets World Record with 1-Socket SPECvirt_sc2013 Benchmark ResultPerformance Benchmark Result

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The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 server has set new world record virtualization performance with results for the SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark.

This document summarizes the the SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark result for the ThinkSystem SR650 that was published on September 13, 2018. The document lists the result, summarizes the major components of the configuration under test, and provides the link to the relevant benchmark organization’s web site for details about the result.


Lenovo has published a new world-record one-processor performance result for the SPECvirt_sc2013 benchmark. The SPEC VIRT benchmark suites are used to measure performance of virtualized platforms.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 These benchmark suites are targeted for use by hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors, application software vendors, datacenter managers, and academic researchers.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 delivered the following overall SPECvirt_sc2013 world-record 1-socket performance score:

  • SPECvirt_sc2013 1607 @ 95 VMs

The SR650 was configured as follows:

  • 1x Intel Xeon Platinum 8180 processor
    • 2.5 GHz with 38.5 MB L3 cache per processor
    • 2 chips/56 cores/28 cores per chip
  • 384 GB of DDR4 memory (12 x 32GB DDR4 DIMMs).
  • 1x ThinkSystem RAID 930-8i-2GB 12Gb SAS/SATA Adapter
  • 2x Intel X710-DA2 10Gb 2 Port SFP+ Ethernet Adapters.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 using the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.

This benchmark result can be found at:

Results referenced are current as of September 13, 2018. To view all SPECvirt_sc2013 results, visit

About the ThinkSystem SR650

For medium to large enterprises, and managed and cloud service providers, Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 is the optimum 2U, two-socket server—the most widely used server type worldwide. It’s engineered to deliver high performance with 205W CPUs, low-latency NVMe drives, and high-power GPUs.

With Lenovo’s history of reliability, the highly flexible and configurable SR650 is the ideal platform for hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) or software-defined storage (SDS). It provides a solid foundation for:

  • Transforming physical resources into services, using validated designs for hybrid cloud
  • Performing analytics on streaming data, using validated designs for Big Data
  • Increasing productivity of virtualized transactional systems, using validated designs for OLTP databases.

Lenovo XClarity Controller is an all-new hardware embedded management engine common in every ThinkSystem server. XClarity Controller features an uncluttered graphical user interface, industry standard Redfish-compliant REST APIs, and enables booting in half the time of prior generation servers, with up to 6x faster firmware updates.

Lenovo XClarity Administrator is a virtualized application that centrally manages ThinkSystem servers, storage, and networking. Via reusable patterns and policies, it ramps up and scales infrastructure provisioning and maintenance. It serves as a central integration point to extend your data center management processes to physical IT. Running XClarity Integrators in external IT applications, or integrating through REST APIs, helps you further speed services provisioning, streamline IT management, and contain costs.

About SPECvirt

SPECvirt_sc2013 is the second-generation SPEC benchmark for evaluating the virtualization performance of datacenter server consolidation (SPEC VIRT), including enterprise class workloads such as virtualized SMP application server VMs and SMP database VMs, as well as dynamic workload levels across many workload types and VM instances.

Learn more

To learn more about power-efficient solutions for virtualization applications, please contact your Lenovo Sales Representative.

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To learn more about the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 server, visit the SR650 product web page.

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