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Oracle Corporation

September 26, 2011 18:50 ET

Oracle's SPARC T4 Servers Deliver Record-Breaking Performance Results

New Processor Design Innovations Deliver Unmatched Scalability, Performance and Value for Customers Running Mission Critical Workloads

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News Facts

  • Demonstrating the superior performance, scalability and value of Oracle's new SPARC T4 server line, Oracle today announced a range of record-setting and industry-first results on prominent business-critical enterprise workloads and industry-standard benchmarks.
  • Delivering the biggest generational increase in performance in the history of Oracle's SPARC processors, the new SPARC T4 server line is designed for every tier in the enterprise and is based on the SPARC T4 processor, which features higher clock speeds and a smarter core layout, optimized for both throughput and single-threaded processing.
  • All benchmarks used the newly announced SPARC T4 systems that are available as 1-, 2- and 4-socket servers or as a single socket blade server module and engineered and tuned to excel on Oracle and third party applications, delivering better performance, availability, security and manageability to customers.
  • As highlighted by these outstanding benchmark results, the new systems shine on both mission critical single-threaded and highly concurrent workloads, such as Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications.
  • These benchmarks showcase the outstanding performance and scalability of the entire Oracle stack, from applications to disk.

Benchmark Details

  • SPECjEnterprise2010: This benchmark uses a scenario based on real-world Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), manufacturing and supply chain management business cases. Oracle achieved a new world record result with a configuration powered by SPARC T4 3 GHz processors that consisted of a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a two-node SPARC T4-4 cluster running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters and eight Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays. This complete Oracle hardware and software solution beat IBM's best performance result by over 2.4 times and delivered 20 percent higher performance per processor across the configuration compared to IBM POWER7. Additionally, at the application tier, Oracle's solution, running Oracle Solaris and Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM, the industry-leading Java Virtual Machine, delivered 6.7 times better price/performance with nearly two times better performance per rack unit over IBM's solution (1).
  • TPC-H @ 1000GB: On this industry-standard benchmark that simulates a decision support system providing answers to critical business questions and consists of a suite of business oriented queries and data with broad industry-wide relevance, the SPARC T4-4 server, with four SPARC T4 3 GHz processors, running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Solaris, delivered over 2.4 times better performance per processor at 1/3 the price/performance than an eight processor IBM Power 780, and 44 percent faster performance at 2.6 times better price/performance than a 16 processor HP Superdome 2 (2).
  • Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1: Oracle's SPARC T4-4 servers posted a world record result of 15,000 concurrent users on this complex OLTP benchmark that emulates a large enterprise with 600,000 employees where HR personnel perform typical HR transactions. The combination of three SPARC T4-based servers running Oracle Solaris, Unicode Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and the PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 benchmark supported 3.75 times more online users with two times faster response times compared to the best published result from IBM on the previous version, 8.9, of this benchmark (3). The SPARC T4-4 server at the application tier used Oracle Solaris Containers to host two PeopleSoft application server instances and had an average CPU utilization of less than 50 percent, demonstrating a flexible and scalable virtualization environment that has significant headroom for application growth.
  • Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll (N.A.) 9.1: The SPARC T4-4 server delivered a new world record result on the extra-large volume model of this benchmark using a Unicode Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris. The PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 Payroll (North America) benchmark executes large batch workloads typical for a large organization processing employee payroll. The application calculates gross to net earnings, deductions and taxes, and is fully integrated with Oracle's other PeopleSoft Enterprise products. The SPARC T4-4 server with four SPARC T4 3GHz CPUs processed the payroll for 500,000 employees, calculating 750,000 payments in 30.84 minutes, beating the earlier world record result of Oracle's SPARC Enterprise M5000 server by 34 percent with 51 percent better throughput (4).
  • The Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 XL: The SPARC T4-2 server and SPARC T4-4 server, deployed in the application and database tier respectively, are the first ever to post results on the on-line Order-Management component of the Oracle E-Business Suite R12 X-large benchmark. Achieving the result of 2,400 users on this business flow demonstrates that SPARC T4-based servers, running Oracle Solaris and coupled with Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array, deliver excellent average transaction response times, are well suited for OLTP-application environments, and leave customers plenty of room for future growth (5).
  • Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Delivering record-breaking performance on both the interactive and batch components of the "Day in the Life" benchmark that represents the most popular JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications, two SPARC T4-2 servers running JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.2 with Tools in Oracle Solaris Containers, and another SPARC T4-2 server running Oracle Database 11g Release 2, delivered a new world record result of 10,000 interactive users, with an average response time of 0.32 seconds, concurrent with 65 batch jobs per minute. This SPARC T4-powered configuration supports 2.5 times more online users and has two times better response time than IBM's most recently published results with POWER7 CPUs. This solution incorporates a batch processing component that ran six times faster on SPARC T4 servers than on the previous generation of systems, rewarding customers with high performance, scalability and built-in virtualization and security features (6).
  • Oracle Siebel Loyalty Management: A critical feature of Oracle's Siebel Loyalty Management application, the Loyalty batch engine is used by major enterprise customers across the Retail, Travel and Transportation, and Telecommunications industries to support their key loyalty processes and drive customer experience. Three SPARC T4-2 servers and one SPARC T4-4 server with Oracle Solaris, running three Siebel Server instances and Oracle Database 11g Release 2, respectively, achieved 7.65M transactions per hour (TPH). This testing demonstrates that SPARC T4-based servers deliver double the performance of the previous generation of SPARC servers while leaving 75 percent headroom for expansion of the database tier.
  • Oracle Communications Applications: Oracle tested new SPARC T4 servers with two applications instrumental in the order-to-cash business process of communications service providers from its complete portfolio spanning the entire communications systems landscape. Highlights of these tests include:
    • Compared to the previous generation of SPARC servers, two SPARC T4-4 servers running Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management demonstrated a 6x improvement in price/performance with � the data center space requirements and a 37 percent reduction in latency for real-time transaction processing, critical for prepaid mobile operators (7).
    • A SPARC T4-2 server operating at 50 percent CPU utilization and running a single instance of the Oracle Communications ASAP application, with both the application and database tiers consolidated onto a single machine, easily supported the service activation volumes of roughly 1,800 atomic network activation actions/sec, representative of a typical mobile operator with more than 150 million subscribers. On a per processor basis, SPARC T4 can deliver seven times the performance of Itanium processor (8).
  • Cryptography: SPARC T4 processors feature new crypto units that support 16 industry standard ciphers and deliver industry-leading, no added-cost cryptography to security conscious organizations in industries such as telecommunications, healthcare and financial services. With new SPARC T4-based servers and the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system, customers can keep data safe and prevent unauthorized access with up to 3x faster encryption than the latest generation of x86 systems (9). Additionally, single-thread OpenSSL security can run up to four times faster on SPARC T4 than on an IBM POWER7-based system (10).

Supporting Quote

  • "This range of benchmark results demonstrates the power and innovation built into the new SPARC T-4 servers and provides further proof that Oracle hardware with Oracle Solaris is the best platform for running enterprise applications," said John Fowler, executive vice president, Server, Oracle. "Whether customers are running highly threaded Java applications or compute-intensive batch workloads in their production environments, Oracle's integrated applications-to-disk solutions can deliver the best performance and scalability, bar none."

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(1) Results from as of September 24, 2011. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Solaris running on a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster (20RU), each system with four SPARC T4 3GHz processors, 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS: (World Record SPECjEnterprise2010 result. 1,671 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration). SPECjEnterprise2010 models contemporary Java-based applications that run on large JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) servers, backed by network infrastructure and database servers. The Application tier cost of acquisition for four SPARC T4-4 servers with Solaris 10 is $ $467,856 or $11.67/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle pricing from on 9/26/11. WebSphere Application Server V7 on IBM Power 780 (16RU) and DB2 on IBM Power 750 Express, 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (Best IBM SPECjEnterprise2010 result. 1,387 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration). The Application tier cost of acquisition for IBM Power 780 (3.86GHz Power7, 512GB RAM, AIX 7.1) is $1,297,956 or $77.97/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. IBM system pricing is from adjusted to license 64 cores (w/o TurboCore). AIX 7.1 pricing is from on 9/22/11. $77.97/$11.67=6.7x. Oracle app. tier configuration occupies 20RU of space, 40,104.86/20=2005 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. IBM app. tier configuration occupies 16RU of space, 16,646.34/16=1040 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. 2005/1040=1.93x round nearest 2x. SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS: 40,104.86/16,646.34 = 2.4.
(2) Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) as of September 24, 2011. SPARC T4-4 server (4 sockets/32 cores/256 threads) 201,487 QphH@1000GB, $4.60/QphH@1000GB, 50,371 QphH@1000GB/per socket, available 10/30/11. IBM POWER 780 Model 9179-MHB server (8 sockets/32 cores/128 threads) 164,747.2 QphH@1000GB, $6.85/QphH@1000GB, 20,593 QphH@1000GB per socket, available 3/31/11. HP Integrity Superdome 2 server (16 sockets/64 cores/64 threads) 140,181 QphH@1000GB, $12.15/QphH@1000GB, 8,761 QphH@1000GB per socket, available 10/20/10. TPC-H: 50,371 QphH@1000GB per socket / 20,593 QphH@1000GB per socket = 2.44.
(3) Oracle PeopleSoft HRMS benchmark results from, as of 9/26/2011. Best published result from IBM on PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 benchmark (4000 users, 1.74 sec avg response time). SPARC T4-4 on PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 (15000 users, 0.64 sec avg response time).
(4) SPARC Enterprise M5000 server -- 46.76 min. Results from, as of September 24, 2011.
(5) Results from, as of September 24, 2011
(6) IBM Power 750 server: 4,000 users, 0.62s response time. IBM data as of September 24, 2011
(7) Comparison is based on internal testing of BRM 7.4 on SPARC T4-4 servers against previous tests on SPARC Enterprise M4000 servers.
(8) Comparison is based on internal testing of ASAP 7.0.2 on two CPU SPARC T4-2 server (900 atomic network activation actions/sec per CPU) against previous tests on two 4 CPU Itanium systems with the result of 1,000 atomic network activation actions/sec (125 atomic network activation actions/sec per CPU). 900/125=7.2x
(9) Based on internal testing of ZFS on Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11 using AES with key lengths of 256, 192, and 128 in the CCM and GCM operation modes.
(10) Comparison is based on internal testing of AES-256-CBC encryption at 8K under Solaris 11 using OpenSSL against published test results for IBM:

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