Fujitsu SPARC M12-1: Impressive Debut


It’s time to welcome a new member into the recently released Fujitsu SPARC M12 server family:  it’s the brand new Fujitsu SPARC M12-1. Although it’s the smallest system in the Fujitsu SPARC M12 product line, it packs quite a punch. Let’s take a closer look at it.

At the heart of the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 is the SPARC64 XII processor. As you may remember from previous blogs, this processor turned in the top scores on per-core and system level performance on the SPEC benchmarks. These performance records include both integer and floating point performance – which is a big plus to customers running compute intensive workloads. In fact, these servers have set 13 world records in major performance benchmark tests.

Fujitsu SPARC M12

This version of the SPARC64 XII processor has six cores and runs at 3.2GHz, and can support 8 threads per core, yielding 48 threads total. You may think you’d be disappointed with the new processor’s core counts and frequency, however it turns in per-core performance that is 2.3 times faster than the previous SPARC64X+ 3.2GHz.

With the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1, customers will get much more performance per core, which in turn will reduce the number of software licenses necessary to achieve the performance levels needed. In other words, this processor and system can be a big money saver for end users in terms of annual per-core software licensing costs.

The Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 is the lowest-priced server in the Fujitsu SPARC M12 family. However it doesn’t mean we compromised on quality to get to this price point. The SPARC64 Xll processor in the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 has exactly the same RAS features as the processors featured in our larger Fujitsu SPARC M12 systems. This includes error checkers on the L3 cache and I/O controllers, ECC parity, and ECC duplication and parity on the cache. It also includes hardware instruction retry, which means the system will retry commands that may have caused a problem, and CPU core auto-replacement, which will allocate un-activated CPU core automatically when an activated CPU core fails – all of which usually results in avoiding a system failure. If there is a failure, the processor history logging will tell admins exactly what was happening with the processor when the failure occurred.

Even though the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 is a single socket system, customers can start even smaller by activating only one SPARC64 XII core and adding new cores as business needs dictate by utilizing Fujitsu’s CPU Core Activation feature. This allows customers to inexpensively add cores one at a time to handle their growing business needs.

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At 1U, the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 (along with the Fujitsu M10-1) is the most compact SPARC server available. The Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 is the perfect system for customers with smaller workloads that can be handled by this single socket system, or even customers who would like to consolidate several workloads from older SPARC systems – the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 has the power to handle them.

One question we have anticipated that we will get with the introduction of the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 is this:  What happens to the Fujitsu M10-1?

Fujitsu SPARC M12 product lineup

Rest assured that the Fujitsu M10-1 will continue onwards as an affordable, entry-level server in the Fujitsu SPARC line up. Starting at under $10,000, the Fujitsu M10-1 is the lowest priced SPARC/Solaris system in the industry and continues to be a popular choice among customers.

We’re excited to welcome the Fujitsu SPARC M12-1 to the family and encourage you to find out more here.

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