ThinkSystem SR655 Server and ThinkSystem DM7000F Storage Set World Record with New 1-Socket VMmark3 ResultPerformance Benchmark Result

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Lenovo sets a new VMmark3 benchmark performance record. The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 achieves the world’s best VMmark3 performance results for a one-processor server in the two-node VMmark3 category.

This document summarizes the VMmark3 benchmark result for the ThinkSystem SR655 that was published on 16 September, 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.


Lenovo has published a new VMmark3 benchmark result that has set record for one-processor 2-node performance for VMmark3. Notably, the 1-processor 2-node Lenovo result achieved a score that surpassed the highest Intel-based 2-processor 2-node result from Fujitsu’s PRIMERGY RX2540 M5 (2).

Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 The VMmark3 benchmark is designed to measure the performance and scalability of virtualization platforms using workloads representative of the highly scalable and complex applications commonly found in the data center.

The ThinkSystem SR655 server achieved the following score (1):

  • 9.10 @ 10 Tiles

The SR655 achieved this record level of virtualized data center performance using the following configuration:

  • ThinkSystem SR655
  • 1x AMD EPYC 7742 64-core processor at 2.25 GHz (1 processor, 64 cores, 128 threads)
  • 1024 GB of Lenovo TruDDR4 memory
  • VMware ESXi 6.7 U3
  • VMware vCenter 6.7 U3

This result also relied on the Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7000F Storage and DB620S Fibre Channel switch, configured as follows:

  • 2x ThinkSystem DM Series DM7000 Controllers
  • 2x ThinkSystem DM240S 2U24 SFF Expansion Enclosures
  • 36x 960GB SSDs
  • 1x Lenovo ThinkSystem DB620S 32Gb FC SAN Switch

Results referenced are current as of September 16, 2019. The total solution availability for this VMmark3 benchmark result is December 15, 2019.

To view all VMmark 3.x results, visit

(1) The new Lenovo result is available from

(2) Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2540 M5 result details are from

About the ThinkSystem SR655

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR655 with the next generation AMD EPYC architecture delivers outstanding TCO for virtualization, big data, analytics, and scale up software defined deployments. It offers two-socket performance in a 2U, single-socket design, featuring higher core, and storage density; increased I/O throughput with less latency; along with built-in system security.

With the enterprise class AMD EPYC 7002 Generation processor, the world’s first 7nm data center CPU, the SR655 features up to an unprecedented 64 cores with 128 PCIe Gen4 lanes in a single socket to reduce bottlenecks and increase server utilization.

Compared to the previous processor generations, ThinkSystem servers with AMD architecture deliver up to 2X performance and 4X floating point capability, providing faster data transfer and analytics without sacrificing memory capacity or I/O with PCIe Gen4 support and faster memory speeds up to 3200 MHz.

Key features of the SR655 include:

  • Multi-GPU optimized rack server, providing support for up to 6 single-wide GPUs that offer more workload acceleration in AI Inference and virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI).
  • 64 cores to handle heavy-lift virtualization workloads; provides cutting edge application efficiency in health care applications such as EMR, PACS, and medical imaging or electronic trading platforms for financial services applications.
  • Support for up to 32 NVMe solid-state drives; when paired with high speed networking, make the system an excellent choice for workloads that need large amounts of low-latency high-bandwidth storage, including virtualized clustered SAN solutions, software-defined storage (SDS), and applications leveraging NVMe over Fabrics.

About the Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7000F Storage

Lenovo ThinkSystem DM7000F Unified Flash Storage ArrayThe ThinkSystem DM7000F Unified Flash Storage Array is a perfect fit for a wide range of enterprise workloads, including big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, engineering and design, hybrid clouds, and other storage I/O-intensive applications. The DM7000F is a scalable, unified, all flash storage system that is designed to provide high performance, simplicity, capacity, security, and high availability for large enterprises. Powered by the ONTAP software, this system delivers enterprise-class storage management capabilities with a wide choice of host connectivity options, flexible drive configurations, and enhanced data management features, including support for NVMe over Fabrics.

The ThinkSystem DM7000F offers the following key features and benefits:

  • All-flash array capabilities to meet the demand for higher speed storage and provide higher IOPS and bandwidth with lower power usage and total cost of ownership than hybrid or HDD-based solutions
  • Scalable, all flash storage with dual active/active controller configurations for high availability and performance.
  • NVMe over Fabrics helps achieve up to two times higher performance at a half of the latency.

Learn more

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

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