Sandra Platinum (2017) SP4 – Updates for ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’

Update Wizard

NB: SP4 has been refreshed to version 24.61 vs. the original 24.55 a day later.

We are pleased to release SP4 (Service Pack 4 – version 24.61) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Reporting of Operating System (Windows) speculation control settings for the recently discovered vulnerabilities:
  • Reporting of latest CPU microcode update availability
    • Hardware mitigation for BTI/’Spectre’
  • Reporting of CPU features for branch control
    • Hardware enumeration and control for speculation and predictors
      • Indirect branch restricted speculation (IBRS) and Indirect branch predictor barrier (IBPB)
      • Single thread indirect branch predictors (STIBP)
      • Architecture Capabilities (affected by IB or not)
  • Reporting of CPU support for Context ID / Indirect CID
    • Hardware acceleration for context switching thus mitigating performance loss when KVA (Kernel’s Virtual Address) Shadowing is enabled.

Windows speculation control settings reporting:

Recommended Settings (Windows and CPU updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Enabled, CPU indirect branch-control enumeration support (microcode updated)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing enabled, Windows/CPU context-ID support

OK Settings (Windows updated, but CPU not updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Not enabled, no CPU support (e.g. firmware not updated – check for BIOS update)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing enabled, Windows/CPU context-ID support

OK Settings (Windows updated, but CPU not updated, no CID)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Not enabled, no CPU support (e.g. firmware not updated – check for BIOS update)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing not enabled, no context-ID support (either CPU or Windows obsolete)

Not Recommended (Windows not updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Not enabled, Windows has not been updated – install the OS update)

Processor features and microcode updates:

CPU microcode not latest
CPU has not been updated with the latest microcode update: check for an updated BIOS/firmware from the OEM/computer manufacturer.
CPU microcode w/speculation support
CPU supports IBRS/PB (indirect branch restricted speculation/predictor barrier) ennumeration as well as STIBP (single thread indirect branch predictors).
CPU supports CID or InvPCID
CPU supports either CID (Context ID) or InvPCID (Process Context ID) for faster context switch – thus mitigating performance loss.

In preliminary benchmarking, we have observed no or very minor performance impact to CPU, GPGPU and memory scores; disk performance for small transfers is impacted when KVA shadowing is enabled.

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP3 – Updates and Fixes

Update Wizard

We are pleased to release SP3 (Service Pack 3 – version 24.50) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Fix start-up crash with non-AVX older systems (both x86 and x64)
  • Tools update allowing further optimisations to AVX512 benchmarks
  • Other hardware information fixes depending on APIC ID configuration
    • AMD Ryzen 5 – L3 cache detection 4x not 2x
    • AMD Ryzen 3 – detected as SMP

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP2 – NUMA for ThreadRipper, AVX512 for SKL-X

Update Wizard

We are pleased to release SP2 (Service Pack 2 – version 24.41) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Tools update allowing further ports of benchmarks to AVX512, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: 128-bit (octa) floating-point benchmark
    • CPU Scientific: GEMM, FFT N-Body (single and double floating-point)
    • CPU Image Processing: All filters vectorised and ported to AVX512 (Blur/Sharpen/Motion-Blur, Edge/Noise/Oil, Diffusion/Marble)
  • Algorithm harness update allowing NUMA multi-block performance improvement, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: all algorithms. both integer and floating-point.
    • CPU Cryptography: all algorithms, both crypto and hashing.
    • CPU Scientific: all algorithms (but especially (F/D)GEMM)
    • CPU Financial: Monte-Carlo (N/A others).
    • CPU Image Processing: All filters (Blur/Sharpen/Motion-Blur, Edge/Noise/Oil, Diffusion/Marble).

New articles showing the improvement that AVX512 and NUMA bring:

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1a

Update Wizard

We are pleased to release SP1a (Service Pack 1a – version 24.30) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Tools update allowing further ports of benchmarks to AVX512, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: 128-bit (octa) floating-point benchmark
    • CPU Scientific: GEMM and N-Body (single and double floating-point)
    • CPU Image Processing: SIMD filters (AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4*, SSE2) performance improvement
    • further benchmarks will be enabled as tools are further updated

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1

We are pleased to announce SP1 (Service Pack 1 – version 24.27) for Sandra Platinum (2017) with updated hardware support and benchmark optimisations:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Updated hardware support to including:
    • Intel HEDT/Workstation/Server Skylake-X/Kabylake-X
    • Intel Core Cofeelake
    • AMD HEDT/Workstation/Server Threadripper
    • Updated DDR4, NVMem (non-volatile), PMem (persistent) memory support
  • Updated CPU benchmarks including:
    • Updated AVX512 benchmarks (Multi-Media, Cryptography/Hashing, Memory & Cache Bandwidth)
    • Further benchmarks will be updated to AVX512 in due course
  • Benchmark Fixes
    • Fix: CPU Power Management Efficiency benchmark running with more than 16 threads.
    • Fix: SGEMM AVX2/FMA running with non-power of 2 threads
    • Fix: Database AVX512 scores would not be entered

New hardware reviews with Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1:

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Press Office

SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released:
Brand-new benchmarks, hardware support

Updates:

Articles & Benchmarks:

London, UK, March 24th 2017 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017), the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

Sandra Platinum has a brand-new fresh look that is not out-of-place on all operating systems from the classic Windows 7 (Aero) to future Windows 10 (Acrylic).

We have added hardware support and optimisations for brand-new CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen/Threadripper, future AVX512, etc.) not forgetting GPGPU architectures across the various interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader, OpenGL Compute).

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2016 service packs: in Sandra Platinum they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra Platinum:

Brand-new look and icons for all versions of Windows from 7 (Aero) to future 10 (Acrylic)

  • Updated benchmark icons: high resolution 256×256 icons suitable for high-dpi screens (4k/UHD).

Main

Benchmarks

Wizards

Information

Windows

Broad Operating System Support
All current versions supported: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • Updated Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
  • New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE2)
  • New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
  • New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Image Processing)
  • Maintained Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016/2017) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
  • New Hardware Support: New AMD Ryzen, Threadripper architecture support; future AVX512-supporting hardware support (SKL-X, KBL-X, Coffeelake, etc.).
System Overall Benchmark

Overall Score 2016/Platinum benchmark:
16 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, SSE2)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogeneous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogeneous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance

Key features of Sandra Platinum

  • 4 native architectures support (x86, x64 – Windows; ARM, ARM64, x86, x64 – Android)
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (AMD/ATI, nVidia, Intel).
  • 4 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL 1.2+, CUDA 8.0+, DirectX Compute Shader 10+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 9 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian) in a single installer.
  • Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

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Updating or Upgrading

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Downloading

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Reviewers and Editors

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About SiSoftware

SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as “SANDRA”, was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. Many worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Thousands on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on our website alone.

Since launch, SiSoftware has always been at the forefront of the technology arena, being among the first providers of benchmarks that show the power of emerging new technologies such as multi-core, GPGPU, OpenCL, OpenGL, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX512, AVX2, AVX, FMA3, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

SiSoftware is located in London, UK. For more information, please visit http://www.sisoftware.net, http://www.sisoftware.eu, http://www.sisoftware.info or http://www.sisoftware.co.uk