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ThinkSystem SR950 Delivers Leadership Result with 4-Socket SAP SD Two-Tier Benchmark

Performance Benchmark Result

2 Apr 2019
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The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 server, using four Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L processors, delivers leadership results with 53% performance improvement over the Lenovo x3850 X6 server for the SAP SD 2-tier standard application benchmark in a Microsoft Windows environment.

This document summarizes the SAP SD benchmark result for the ThinkSystem SR950 that was published on April 2, 2019. 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.


The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 server, using four Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L processors, delivers outstanding results for the SAP SD 2-tier standard application benchmark in a Microsoft Windows environment on IBM Db2.

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950Lenovo announces a leadership 4-processor result (1) on Microsoft Windows for the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. The result was published on April 2, 2019. The result offers a 53% performance improvement over the Lenovo x3850 X6 server (2).

The results were achieved on the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 on Microsoft Windows, configured with four Intel Xeon processors, using IBM Db2 10.5 and SAP enhancement package 5 for the SAP ERP application release 6.0.

Lenovo delivered the following certified result (1):

  • Number of SAP SD benchmark users: 62,001


  • Fully processed order line items per hour: 6,805,670
  • Dialog steps per hour: 20,417,000
  • SAPS: 340,280
  • Average database request time (dialog/update): 20 ms/ 25 ms

Configuration of the central server:

  • Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950
  • 4x Intel Xeon Platinum 8280L processor 28C 205W 2.7GHz Processor
  • Cache: 64 KB L1 cache and 1024KB L2 cache per core, 38.5 MB L3 cache per processor
  • 1536 GB system memory

Software platform:

  • Operating system, central server: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
  • RDBMS: IBM Db2 10.5
  • SAP Business Suite software: SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0

Results referenced are current as of April 2, 2019. For the latest SAP benchmark results, visit:

(1) This benchmark fully complies with the SAP Benchmark Council regulations and has been audited and certified by SAP SE (certification number 2019015). Details can be obtained from Lenovo and SAP. The benchmark was performed at Data Center Performance Lab, Lenovo in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, by Lenovo engineers.

(2) The claim of achieving 53% percent improvement in performance is based on results on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark achieved by Lenovo System x3850 X6 (4 processors / 96 cores / 192 threads, Intel Xeon Processor E7-8890 v4, 2.20 GHz, processors (certification number 2016027).

About the ThinkSystem SR950

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 is designed for your most demanding, mission-critical workloads, such as in-memory databases, large transactional databases, batch and real-time analytics, ERP, CRM, and virtualized server workloads. The powerful 4U ThinkSystem SR950 can grow from two to eight second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable Family processors, and with 96 DIMM sockets, supports up to 24 TB of high-speed memory. The modular design of SR950 speeds upgrades and servicing with easy front or rear access to all major subsystems to maximize server availability. The ThinkSystem SR950 also supports Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory delivering a new, flexible tier of memory designed specifically for data center workloads that offer an unprecedented combination of high-capacity, affordability and persistence.

The SR950 packs numerous fault-tolerant and high-availability features into a high-density, 4U rack-optimized design that reduces the space needed to support massive network computing operations and simplify servicing. 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.

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About SAP SD

SAP SD benchmark is a test for standard sale and distribution business components on SAP ERP, which is indicative of the performance of the application and database on a specific hardware environment. For  more information about the benchmark, go to

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To learn more about the Lenovo ThinkSystem SR950 server, visit the SR950 product web page.

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