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Title: Lenovo ThinkSystem Emulex LPe36002 Host Bus Adapter 64G Fibre Channel Performance vs. 32G and 16G HBA Modes

Publication date:   24 August 2021
Document number:    221134


Data storage and retrieval is growing at an extraordinary pace. Analysts note that data grew world-wide by 4x in recent years and that database data warehousing will double in the next five years. Business Intelligence (BI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) can dramatically increase data retrieval rates.

Next-generation Fibre Channel alone and in conjunction with next-generation PCIe 4.0 technology can provide dramatic improvements in application data throughput. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem Emulex Gen 7 LPe36002 64G Fibre Channel (64G) dual-port host bus adapter (HBA) leverages both 64G and PCIe 4.0.

Broadcom commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance of the new adapter in terms of raw performance and compared to existing 32G Fibre Channel (32G) HBAs. The adapter demonstrated dual-port performance in excess of 11 million IOPS. Running relational database transaction benchmarks, the adapter effectively doubled performance by dramatically cutting run times. Similarly, the adapter leveraged PCIe 4.0 technology increasing application throughput to ~12,000MBPS compared to ~6,600MBPS maximum achieved on PCIe 3.0 servers.

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