SPEC CPU2006 Platform Settings for IBM Systems

Operating System Tuning Parameters

Zone Reclaim:
Zone reclaim allows the reclaiming of pages from a zone if the number of free pages falls below a watermark even if other zones still have enough pages available. Reclaiming a page can be more beneficial than taking the performance penalties that are associated with allocating a page on a remote zone, especially for NUMA machines.

Firmware / BIOS / Microcode Settings

Operating Modes (Default=Custom Mode):
Operating Mode is a BIOS setting which allows you to select the appropriate mode of operation based on the specific user environment. This menu option is provided to allow optimization of the system for minimum power usage, maximum efficiency, or maximum performance.
Turbo Boost:
This BIOS option can be set to Power Optimized or Traditional. When Power Optimized is selected, Intel Turbo Boost Technology engages after Performance state P0 is sustained for longer than two seconds. When Traditional is selected, Intel Turbo Boost Technology is engaged even for P0 requests less than two seconds.