Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Netra SPARC T4-2 SPECjvm2008 World Record Performance

Oracle's Netra SPARC T4-2 server equipped with two SPARC T4 processors running at 2.85 GHz delivered a World Record result of 454.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m on the SPECjvm2008 benchmark. This result just eclipsed the previous record which was run on a similar product, Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server, which is also a two SPARC T4 processor based system.

  • The Netra SPARC T4-2 server demonstrates 41% better performance than the SPARC T3-2 server and similar performance to Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server.

  • The Netra SPARC T4-2 server running the SPECjvm2008 benchmark achieved a score of 454.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m while the Sun Blade X6270 server module achieved 317.13 SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m.

  • The Netra SPARC T4-2 server with hardware cryptography acceleration greatly increases performance with subtests using AES and RSA encryption ciphers.

  • This result was produced using Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle JDK 7 Update 2.

  • There are no SPECjvm2008 results published by IBM on POWER7 based systems.

  • The Netra SPARC T4-2 server demonstrates Oracle's position of leadership in Java-based computing by publishing world record results for the SPECjvm2008 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPECjvm2008 website.

SPECjvm2008 Performance Chart
(ordered by performance)
System Processors Performance
base peak
Netra SPARC T4-2 2 x 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 - 454.52
SPARC T4-2 2 x 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 - 454.25
SPARC T3-2 2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 - 320.52
Sun Blade X6270 2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 317.13 -

base: SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m (bigger is better)
peak: SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m (bigger is better)

SPEC allows base and peak to be submitted separately. The base metric does not allow any optimization of the JVM, the peak metric allows optimization.

Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

Netra SPARC T4-2 server
2 x 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processors
256 GB memory

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
Java Platform, Standard Edition, JDK 7 Update 2

Benchmark Description

SPECjvm2008 (Java Virtual Machine Benchmark) is a benchmark suite for measuring the performance of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), containing several real life applications and benchmarks focusing on core Java functionality. The suite focuses on the performance of the JRE executing a single application; it reflects the performance of the hardware processor and memory subsystem, but has low dependence on file I/O and includes no network I/O across machines.

The SPECjvm2008 workload mimics a variety of common general purpose application computations. These characteristics reflect the intent that this benchmark will be applicable to measuring basic Java performance on a wide variety of both client and server systems.

SPECjvm2008 benchmark highlights:

  • Leverages real life applications (like derby, sunflow, and javac) and area-focused benchmarks (like xml, serialization, crypto, and scimark).
  • Also measures the performance of the operating system and hardware in the context of executing the JRE.

The current rules for the benchmark allow either base or peak to be run. The base run is done without any tuning of the JVM to improve the out of the box performance. The peak run allows tuning of the JVM.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance, especially for the security tests.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and SPECjvm are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org and this report as of 1/9/2012. Netra SPARC T4-2 454.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m submitted for review, SPARC T4-2 454.25 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m, SPARC T3-2 320.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m, Sun Blade X6270 317.13 SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m.

Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

SPARC T4-4 Beats 8-CPU IBM POWER7 on TPC-H @3000GB Benchmark

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server delivered a world record TPC-H @3000GB benchmark result for systems with four processors. This result beats eight processor results from IBM (POWER7) and HP (x86). The SPARC T4-4 server also delivered better performance per core than these eight processor systems from IBM and HP. Comparisons below are based upon system to system comparisons, highlighting Oracle's complete software and hardware solution.

This database world record result used Oracle's Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays (rotating disk) connected to a SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 demonstrating the power of Oracle's integrated hardware and software solution.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server based configuration achieved a TPC-H scale factor 3000 world record for four processor systems of 205,792 QphH@3000GB with price/performance of $4.10/QphH@3000GB.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server with four SPARC T4 processors (total of 32 cores) is 7% faster than the IBM Power 780 server with eight POWER7 processors (total of 32 cores) on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 36% better in price performance compared to the IBM Power 780 server on the TPC-H @3000GB Benchmark.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 29% faster than the IBM Power 780 for data loading.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is up to 3.4 times faster than the IBM Power 780 server for the Refresh Function.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server with four SPARC T4 processors is 27% faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server with eight x86 processors on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 52% faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server for data loading.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is up to 3.2 times faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 for the Refresh Function.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server achieved a peak IO rate from the Oracle database of 17 GB/sec. This rate was independent of the storage used, as demonstrated by the TPC-H @3000TB benchmark which used twelve Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays (rotating disk) and the TPC-H @1000TB benchmark which used four Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array devices (flash storage). [*]

  • The SPARC T4-4 server showed linear scaling from TPC-H @1000GB to TPC-H @3000GB. This demonstrates that the SPARC T4-4 server can handle the increasingly larger databases required of DSS systems. [*]

  • The SPARC T4-4 server benchmark results demonstrate a complete solution of building Decision Support Systems including data loading, business questions and refreshing data. Each phase usually has a time constraint and the SPARC T4-4 server shows superior performance during each phase.

[*] The TPC believes that comparisons of results published with different scale factors are misleading and discourages such comparisons.

Performance Landscape

The table lists the leading TPC-H @3000GB results for non-clustered systems.

TPC-H @3000GB, Non-Clustered Systems
System
Processor
P/C/T – Memory
Composite
(QphH)
$/perf
($/QphH)
Power
(QppH)
Throughput
(QthH)
Database Available
SPARC Enterprise M9000
3.0 GHz SPARC64 VII+
64/256/256 – 1024 GB
386,478.3 $18.19 316,835.8 471,428.6 Oracle 11g R2 09/22/11
SPARC T4-4
3.0 GHz SPARC T4
4/32/256 – 1024 GB
205,792.0 $4.10 190,325.1 222,515.9 Oracle 11g R2 05/31/12
SPARC Enterprise M9000
2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII
32/128/256 – 512 GB
198,907.5 $15.27 182,350.7 216,967.7 Oracle 11g R2 12/09/10
IBM Power 780
4.1 GHz POWER7
8/32/128 – 1024 GB
192,001.1 $6.37 210,368.4 175,237.4 Sybase 15.4 11/30/11
HP ProLiant DL980 G7
2.27 GHz Intel Xeon X7560
8/64/128 – 512 GB
162,601.7 $2.68 185,297.7 142,685.6 SQL Server 2008 10/13/10

P/C/T = Processors, Cores, Threads
QphH = the Composite Metric (bigger is better)
$/QphH = the Price/Performance metric in USD (smaller is better)
QppH = the Power Numerical Quantity
QthH = the Throughput Numerical Quantity

The following table lists data load times and refresh function times during the power run.

TPC-H @3000GB, Non-Clustered Systems
Database Load & Database Refresh
System
Processor
Data Loading
(h:m:s)
T4
Advan
RF1
(sec)
T4
Advan
RF2
(sec)
T4
Advan
SPARC T4-4
3.0 GHz SPARC T4
04:08:29 1.0x 67.1 1.0x 39.5 1.0x
IBM Power 780
4.1 GHz POWER7
05:51:50 1.5x 147.3 2.2x 133.2 3.4x
HP ProLiant DL980 G7
2.27 GHz Intel Xeon X7560
08:35:17 2.1x 173.0 2.6x 126.3 3.2x

Data Loading = database load time
RF1 = power test first refresh transaction
RF2 = power test second refresh transaction
T4 Advan = the ratio of time to T4 time

Complete benchmark results found at the TPC benchmark website http://www.tpc.org.

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC T4 3.0 GHz processors (total of 32 cores, 128 threads)
1024 GB memory
8 x internal SAS (8 x 300 GB) disk drives

External Storage:

12 x Sun Storage 2540-M2 array storage, each with
12 x 15K RPM 300 GB drives, 2 controllers, 2 GB cache

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition

Audited Results:

Database Size: 3000 GB (Scale Factor 3000)
TPC-H Composite: 205,792.0 QphH@3000GB
Price/performance: $4.10/QphH@3000GB
Available: 05/31/2012
Total 3 year Cost: $843,656
TPC-H Power: 190,325.1
TPC-H Throughput: 222,515.9
Database Load Time: 4:08:29

Benchmark Description

The TPC-H benchmark is a performance benchmark established by the Transaction Processing Council (TPC) to demonstrate Data Warehousing/Decision Support Systems (DSS). TPC-H measurements are produced for customers to evaluate the performance of various DSS systems. These queries and updates are executed against a standard database under controlled conditions. Performance projections and comparisons between different TPC-H Database sizes (100GB, 300GB, 1000GB, 3000GB, 10000GB, 30000GB and 100000GB) are not allowed by the TPC.

TPC-H is a data warehousing-oriented, non-industry-specific benchmark that consists of a large number of complex queries typical of decision support applications. It also includes some insert and delete activity that is intended to simulate loading and purging data from a warehouse. TPC-H measures the combined performance of a particular database manager on a specific computer system.

The main performance metric reported by TPC-H is called the TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric (QphH@SF, where SF is the number of GB of raw data, referred to as the scale factor). QphH@SF is intended to summarize the ability of the system to process queries in both single and multiple user modes. The benchmark requires reporting of price/performance, which is the ratio of the total HW/SW cost plus 3 years maintenance to the QphH. A secondary metric is the storage efficiency, which is the ratio of total configured disk space in GB to the scale factor.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Twelve Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays were used for the benchmark. Each Sun Storage 2540-M2 array contains 12 15K RPM drives and is connected to a single dual port 8Gb FC HBA using 2 ports. Each Sun Storage 2540-M2 array showed 1.5 GB/sec for sequential read operations and showed linear scaling, achieving 18 GB/sec with twelve Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays. These were stand alone IO tests.

  • The peak IO rate measured from the Oracle database was 17 GB/sec.

  • Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 required very little system tuning.

  • Some vendors try to make the point that storage ratios are of customer concern. However, storage ratio size has more to do with disk layout and the increasing capacities of disks – so this is not an important metric in which to compare systems.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server and Oracle Solaris efficiently managed the system load of over one thousand Oracle Database parallel processes.

  • Six Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays were mirrored to another six Sun Storage 2540-M2 arrays on which all of the Oracle database files were placed. IO performance was high and balanced across all the arrays.

  • The TPC-H Refresh Function (RF) simulates periodical refresh portion of Data Warehouse by adding new sales and deleting old sales data. Parallel DML (parallel insert and delete in this case) and database log performance are a key for this function and the SPARC T4-4 server outperformed both the IBM POWER7 server and HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server. (See the RF columns above.)

See Also

Disclosure Statement

TPC-H, QphH, $/QphH are trademarks of Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). For more information, see www.tpc.org. SPARC T4-4 205,792.0 QphH@3000GB, $4.10/QphH@3000GB, available 5/31/12, 4 processors, 32 cores, 256 threads; IBM Power 780 QphH@3000GB, 192,001.1 QphH@3000GB, $6.37/QphH@3000GB, available 11/30/11, 8 processors, 32 cores, 128 threads; HP ProLiant DL980 G7 162,601.7 QphH@3000GB, $2.68/QphH@3000GB available 10/13/10, 8 processors, 64 cores, 128 threads.

Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

SPARC T4-2 Delivers World Record SPECjvm2008 Result with Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server equipped with two SPARC T4 processors running at 2.85 GHz delivered a World Record result of 454.25 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m on the SPECjvm2008 benchmark.

  • The SPARC T4-2 server demonstrates 41% better performance than the SPARC T3-2 server.

  • The SPARC T4-2 server with hardware cryptography acceleration greatly increases performance with subtests using AES and RSA encryption ciphers.

  • This result was produced using Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle JDK 7 Update 2.

  • There are no SPECjvm2008 results published by IBM on POWER7 based systems.

  • The SPARC T4-2 server demonstrates Oracle's position of leadership in Java-based computing by publishing world record results for the SPECjvm2008 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPECjvm2008 website.

SPECjvm2008 Performance Chart
(ordered by performance)
System Processors Performance
base peak
SPARC T4-2 2 x 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 - 454.25
SPARC T3-2 2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 - 320.52
Sun Blade X6270 2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5570 317.13 -

base: SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m (bigger is better)
peak: SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m (bigger is better)

SPEC allows base and peak to be submitted separately. The base metric does not allow any optimization of the JVM, the peak metric allows optimization.

Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T4-2 server
2 x 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processors
256 GB memory

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
Java Platform, Standard Edition, JDK 7 Update 2

Benchmark Description

SPECjvm2008 (Java Virtual Machine Benchmark) is a benchmark suite for measuring the performance of a Java Runtime Environment (JRE), containing several real life applications and benchmarks focusing on core Java functionality. The suite focuses on the performance of the JRE executing a single application; it reflects the performance of the hardware processor and memory subsystem, but has low dependence on file I/O and includes no network I/O across machines.

The SPECjvm2008 workload mimics a variety of common general purpose application computations. These characteristics reflect the intent that this benchmark will be applicable to measuring basic Java performance on a wide variety of both client and server systems.

SPECjvm2008 benchmark highlights:

  • Leverages real life applications (like derby, sunflow, and javac) and area-focused benchmarks (like xml, serialization, crypto, and scimark).
  • Also measures the performance of the operating system and hardware in the context of executing the JRE.

The current rules for the benchmark allow either base or peak to be run. The base run is done without any tuning of the JVM to improve the out of the box performance. The peak run allows tuning of the JVM.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Enhancements to the JVM had a major impact on performance, especially for the security tests.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and SPECjvm are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org and this report as of 11/9/2011. SPARC T4-2 454.25 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m submitted for review, SPARC T3-2 320.52 SPECjvm2008 Peak ops/m, Sun Blade X6270 317.13 SPECjvm2008 Base ops/m.

Wednesday Nov 02, 2011

SPARC T4-2 Server Beats 2-Socket 3.46 GHz x86 on Black-Scholes Option Pricing Test

Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server (two SPARC T4 processors at 2.85 GHz) delivered 21% better performance compared to a two-socket x86 server (with two Intel X5690 3.46 GHz processors) running a Black-Scholes options pricing test on 10 million options.

  • The hyper-threads of the Intel processor did not deliver additional performance, it actually caused a reduction in performance of 6%. The performance of hyper-threading on Intel processors will vary depending on workload

  • This test shows how delivered performance is not easily predicted just by processor frequency alone. It is vital that hardware and software be designed in tandem in order to deliver best performance.

Performance Landscape

Black-Scholes options pricing, 10 million options, results in seconds, 100 iterations of the test, smaller is better.

System Time (sec)
SPARC T4-2 (2 x SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz, 128 software threads) 9.2
2-socket x86 (2 x X5690, 3.46 GHz, 12 software threads) 11.7

Advantage SPARC T4-2 21% faster

The hyper-threads of the Intel processor did not deliver additional performance, causing a reduction in performance of 6%.

Configuration Summary

SPARC Configuration:

SPARC T4-2 server
2 x SPARC T4 processor 2.85 GHz
128 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11

Intel Configuration:

Sun Fire X4270 M2
2 x Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 GHz, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost active
48 GB memory
Oracle Linux 6.1

Benchmark Description

Black-Scholes option pricing model is a financial market algorithm that uses the Black-Scholes partial differential equation (PDE) to calculate prices for European stock options. The key idea is that the value of the option fluctuates over time with the actual value of the stock. The reported time is just for calculating the options, no I/O component. The computation is floating point intensive and requires the calculation of logarithms, exponentials and square roots.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 11/1/2011.

Monday Oct 03, 2011

SPARC T4-4 Servers Set World Record on SPECjEnterprise2010, Beats IBM POWER7, Cisco x86

Oracle produced a world record SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using four of Oracle's SPARC T4-4 servers in the application tier and two more SPARC T4-4 servers for the database server.

  • The four SPARC T4-4 server configuration (sixteen SPARC T4 processors total, 3.0 GHz) demonstrated 2.4x better performance compared to the IBM Power 780 server (eight POWER7 processors, 3.86 THz) result of 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

  • In the database tier, two SPARC T4-4 servers with a total of eight SPARC T4 processors at 3.0 GHz, processed 2.4x more transactions compared to the IBM result of 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS which used four POWER7 processors at 3.55 GHz.

  • The four SPARC T4-4 server configuration demonstrated 1.5x better performance compared to the Cisco UCS B440 M2 Blade Server result of 26,118.67 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

  • The four SPARC T4-4 server configuration demonstrated 2.3x better performance compared to the Cisco UCS B440 M1 Blade Server result of 17,301.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

  • This result demonstrated less than 1 second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and 90% of all transaction times took less than 1 second.

  • This result demonstrated a sustained Java EE 5 transaction load generated by approximately 320,000 users.

  • This result using 16 Oracle WebLogic 10.3.5 server instances demonstrated 4.8x better performance per application server instance when compared to the IBM result which used 32 WebSphere instances.

  • The SPARC T4-4 servers delivered a 6.7x price/performance advantage over the IBM Power 780 for the servers used in the application tier (see disclosure statement below for details). This price/performance advantage in the application tier was accomplished with a SPARC T4-4 server configuration with 2 TB of total memory compared to the IBM solution with 0.5 TB of memory.

  • The SPARC T4-4 servers had a 1.9x advantage over IBM in performance per space for the application tier (see disclosure statement below for details) even though the Oracle solution had four servers.

  • The four SPARC T4-4 servers used for the application tier used Oracle Solaris Containers to consolidate four Oracle WebLogic application server instances on each server to achieve this result.

  • The two SPARC T4-4 servers used for the database tier hosted Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle RAC cluster software using Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM).

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware provides a family of complete, integrated, hot pluggable and best-of-breed products known for enabling enterprise customers to create and run agile and intelligent business applications. Oracle WebLogic Server's on-going, record-setting Java application server performance demonstrates why so many customers rely on Oracle Fusion Middleware as their foundation for innovation.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.

SPECjEnterprise2010 Performance Chart
as of 10/11/2011
Submitter EjOPS* Java EE Server DB Server
Oracle 40,104.86 4 x SPARC T4-4
4 chips, 32 cores, 3.0 GHz SPARC T4
Oracle WebLogic 11g (10.3.5)
2 x SPARC T4-4
4 chips, 32 cores, 3.0 GHz SPARC T4
Oracle 11g DB 11.2.0.2
Cisco 26,118.67 2 x Cisco UCS B440 M2
4 chips, 40 cores, 2.4 GHz Xeon E7-4870
Oracle WebLogic 11g (10.3.5)
1 x Cisco UCS C460 M2
4 chips, 40 cores, 2.4 GHz Xeon E7-4870
Oracle 11g DB 11.2.0.2
Cisco 17,301.86 2 x Cisco UCS B440 M1
4 chips, 32 cores, 2.26 GHz Xeon X7560
Oracle WebLogic 10.3.4
1 x Cisco UCS C460 M1
4 chips, 32 cores, 2.26 GHz Xeon X7560
Oracle 11g DB 11.2.0.2
IBM 16,646.34 1 x IBM Power 780
8 chips, 64 cores, 3.86 GHz POWER7
WebSphere Application Server V7.0
1 x IBM Power 750 Express
4 chips, 32 cores, 3.55 GHz POWER7
IBM DB2 Universal Database 9.7

* SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (bigger is better)

Configuration Summary

Application Servers:

4 x SPARC T4-4 servers, each with
4 x 3.0 GHz SPARC T4 processors
512 GB memory
2 x 10GbE NIC
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Release 1 (10.3.5)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.6.0_26 (Java SE 6 Update 26)

Database Servers:

2 x SPARC T4-4 servers, each with
4 x 3.0 GHz SPARC T4 processors
1024 GB memory
2 x 10GbE NIC
4 x 8Gb FC HBA
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 11.2.0.2
Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g Release 2

Storage Servers:

8 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 (12-Drive)
1 x 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon
8 GB memory
1 x 8Gb FC HBA
Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11
8 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays

Switch Hardware:

2 x Sun Network 10GbE 72-port Top of Rack (ToR) Switch
1 x Brocade 5300 80-port Fiber Channel Switch

Benchmark Description

SPECjEnterprise2010 is the third generation of the SPEC organization's J2EE end-to-end industry standard benchmark application. The new SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark has been re-designed and developed to cover the Java EE 5 specification's significantly expanded and simplified programming model, highlighting the major features used by developers in the industry today. This provides a real world workload driving the Application Server's implementation of the Java EE specification to its maximum potential and allowing maximum stressing of the underlying hardware and software systems,
  • The web container, servlets, and web services
  • The EJB container
  • JPA 1.0 Persistence Model
  • JMS and Message Driven Beans
  • Transaction management
  • Database connectivity
Moreover, SPECjEnterprise2010 also heavily exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the application environment, including hardware, JVM software, database software, JDBC drivers, and the system network.

The primary metric of the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is jEnterprise Operations Per Second (SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS). The primary metric for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is calculated by adding the metrics of the Dealership Management Application in the Dealer Domain and the Manufacturing Application in the Manufacturing Domain. There is NO price/performance metric in this benchmark.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Four Oracle WebLogic server instances on each SPARC T4-4 server were hosted in 4 separate Oracle Solaris Containers to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application servers.
  • Each Oracle Solaris Container was bound to a separate processor set, each contained 7 cores (total 56 threads). This was done to improve performance by reducing memory access latency by using the physical memory closest to the processors. The default set was used for network and disk interrupt handling.
  • The Oracle WebLogic application servers were executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • The Oracle database processes were run in 2 processor sets using psrset(1M) and executed in the FX scheduling class. This improved performance by reducing memory access latency and reducing context switches.
  • The Oracle log writer process was run in a separate processor set containing 2 threads and run in the RT scheduling class. This insured that the log writer had the most efficient use of CPU resources.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 10/11/2011. SPARC T4-4, 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; Cisco UCS B440 M2, 26,118.67 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; Cisco UCS B440 M1, 17,301.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM Power 780, 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

SPECjEnterprise2010 models contemporary Java-based applications that run on large Java EE (Java Enterprise Edition) servers, backed by network infrastructure and database servers. Focusing on the critical Java EE server hardware & OS, the IBM result includes a Java EE server with a list price of $1.30 million. The Oracle Java EE servers have a list price of $0.47 million. The Java EE server price versus delivered EjOPS is $77.97/EjOPS for IBM versus $11.67/EjOPS for Oracle. Oracle's $/perf advantage is 6.7x better than IBM ($77.97/$11.67).

Pricing details for IBM, IBM p780 512GB based on public pricing at http://tpc.org/results/FDR/TPCH/TPC-H_1TB_IBM780_Sybase-FDR.pdf. Adjusted hardware costs to license all 64 cores. AIX pricing at: http://www-304.ibm.com/easyaccess3/fileserve?contentid=214347 and AIX Standard Edition V7.1 per processor (5765-G98-0017 64*2,600=$166,400). This gives application tier hardware & OS Price/perf: $77.97/EjOPS (1297956/16646.34)

Pricing details for Oracle, four SPARC T4-4 512 GB, HW acquisition price from Oracle's price list: $467,856 http://www.oracle.com. This gives application tier hardware & OS Price/perf: $11.67/EjOPS (467856/40104.86)

The Oracle application tier servers occupy 20U of space, 40,140.86/20=2005 EjOPS/U. The IBM application tier server occupies 16U of space, 16,646.34/16=1040 EjOPS/U. 2005/1040=1.9x

SPARC T4-4 Beats IBM POWER7 and HP Itanium on TPC-H @1000GB Benchmark

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server configured with SPARC-T4 processors, Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved a TPC-H benchmark performance result of 201,487 QphH@1000GB with price/performance of $4.60/QphH@1000GB.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server benchmark results demonstrate a complete solution of building Decision Support Systems including data loading, business questions and refreshing data. Each phase usually has a time constraint and the SPARC T4-4 server shows superior performance during each phase.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 22% faster than the 8-socket IBM POWER7 server with the same number of cores. The SPARC T4-4 server has over twice the performance per socket compared to the IBM POWER7 server.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server achieves 33% better price/performance than the IBM POWER7 server.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is up to 4 times faster than the IBM POWER7 server for the Refresh Function.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 44% faster than the HP Superdome 2 server. The SPARC T4-4 server has 5.7x the performance per socket of the HP Superdome 2 server.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is 62% better on price/performance than the HP Itanium server.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is up to 3.7 times faster than the HP Itanium server for the Refresh Function.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server delivers nearly the same performance as Oracle's SPARC Enterprise M8000 server, but with 52% better price/performance on the TPC-H @1000GB benchmark.

  • Oracle used Storage Redundancy Level 3 as defined by the TPC-H 2.14.2 specification which is the strictest level.

  • This TPC-H result demonstrates that the SPARC T4-4 server can deliver the performance while running the increasingly larger databases required of DSS systems. The server measured more than 16 GB/sec of IO throughput through Oracle Database 11g Release 2 software while maintaining the high cpu load.

Performance Landscape

The table below lists published non-cluster results from comparable enterprise class systems from Oracle, IBM and HP. Each system was configured with 512 GB of memory.

TPC-H @1000GB

System
CPU type
Proc/Core/Thread
Composite
(QphH)
$/perf
($/QphH)
Power
(QppH)
Throughput
(QthH)
Database Available
SPARC Enterprise M8000
3 GHz SPARC64 VII+
16 / 64 / 128
209,533.6 $9.53 177,845.9 246,867.2 Oracle 11g 09/22/11
SPARC T4-4
3 GHz SPARC-T4
4 / 32 / 256
201,487.0 $4.60 181,760.6 223,354.2 Oracle 11g 10/30/11
IBM Power 780
4.14 GHz POWER7
8 / 32 / 128
164,747.2 $6.85 170,206.4 159,463.1 Sybase 03/31/11
HP Superdome 2
1.73 GHz Intel Itanium 9350
16 / 64 / 64
140,181.1 $12.15 139,181.0 141,188.3 Oracle 11g 10/20/10

QphH = the Composite Metric (bigger is better)
$/QphH = the Price/Performance metric (smaller is better)
QppH = the Power Numerical Quantity
QthH = the Throughput Numerical Quantity

Complete benchmark results found at the TPC benchmark website http://www.tpc.org.

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC-T4 3.0 GHz processors (total of 32 cores, 128 threads)
512 GB memory
8 x internal SAS (8 x 300 GB) disk drives

External Storage:

4 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage, each with
80 x 24 GB Flash Modules

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition

Audited Results:

Database Size: 1000 GB (Scale Factor 1000)
TPC-H Composite: 201,487 QphH@1000GB
Price/performance: $4.60/QphH@1000GB
Available: 10/30/2011
Total 3 Year Cost: $925,525
TPC-H Power: 181,760.6
TPC-H Throughput: 223,354.2
Database Load Time: 1:22:39

Benchmark Description

The TPC-H benchmark is a performance benchmark established by the Transaction Processing Council (TPC) to demonstrate Data Warehousing/Decision Support Systems (DSS). TPC-H measurements are produced for customers to evaluate the performance of various DSS systems. These queries and updates are executed against a standard database under controlled conditions. Performance projections and comparisons between different TPC-H Database sizes (100GB, 300GB, 1000GB, 3000GB and 10000GB) are not allowed by the TPC.

TPC-H is a data warehousing-oriented, non-industry-specific benchmark that consists of a large number of complex queries typical of decision support applications. It also includes some insert and delete activity that is intended to simulate loading and purging data from a warehouse. TPC-H measures the combined performance of a particular database manager on a specific computer system.

The main performance metric reported by TPC-H is called the TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric (QphH@SF, where SF is the number of GB of raw data, referred to as the scale factor). QphH@SF is intended to summarize the ability of the system to process queries in both single and multi user modes. The benchmark requires reporting of price/performance, which is the ratio of QphH to total HW/SW cost plus 3 years maintenance.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Four Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array devices were used for the benchmark. Each F5100 device contains 80 flash modules (FMODs). Twenty (20) FMODs from each F5100 device were connected to a single SAS 6 Gb HBA. A single F5100 device showed 4.16 GB/sec for sequential read and demonstrated linear scaling of 16.62 GB/sec with 4 x F5100 devices.

  • The IO rate from the Oracle database was over 16 GB/sec.

  • Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 required very little system tuning.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server and Oracle Solaris efficiently managed the system load of over one thousand Oracle parallel processes.

  • The Oracle database files for tables and indexes were managed by Oracle Automatic Storage Manager (ASM) with 4M stripe. Two F5100 devices were mirrored to another 2 F5100 devices under ASM. IO performance was high and balanced across all the FMODs.
  • The Oracle redo log files were mirrored across the F5100 devices using Oracle Solaris Volume Manager with 128K stripe.
  • Parallel degree on tables and indexes was set to 128. This setting worked the best for performance.
  • TPC-H Refresh Function simulates periodical Refresh portion of Data Warehouse by adding new sales and deleting old sales data. Parallel DML (parallel insert and delete in this case) and database log performance are a key for this function and the SPARC T4-4 server outperformed both HP Superdome 2 and IBM POWER7 servers.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

TPC-H, QphH, $/QphH are trademarks of Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). For more information, see www.tpc.org. SPARC T4-4 201,487 QphH@1000GB, $4.60/QphH@1000GB, avail 10/30/2011, 4 processors, 32 cores, 256 threads; SPARC Enterprise M8000 209,533.6 QphH@1000GB, $9.53/QphH@1000GB, avail 09/22/11, 16 processors, 64 cores, 128 threads; IBM Power 780 QphH@1000GB, 164,747.2 QphH@1000GB, $6.85/QphH@1000GB, avail 03/31/11, 8 processors, 32 cores, 128 threads; HP Integrity Superdome 2 140,181.1 QphH@1000GB, $12.15/QphH@1000GB avail 10/20/10, 16 processors, 64, cores, 64 threads.

Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance Doubles NetApp FAS3270A on SPC-1 Benchmark

Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered outstanding performance and price/performance on the SPC Benchmark 1, beating results published on the NetApp FAS3270A.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance delivered 137,066.20 SPC-1 IOPS at $2.99 $/SPC-1 IOPS on the SPC-1 benchmark.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance outperformed the NetApp FAS3270A by 2x on the SPC-1 benchmark.

  • The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance outperformed the NetApp FAS3270A by 2.5x on price/performance on the SPC-1 benchmark.

Performance Landscape

SPC-1 Performance Chart (in decreasing performance order)

System SPC-1
IOPS
$/SPC-1
IOPS
ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Price Data
Protection
Level
Date Results
Identifier
Huawei Symantec S6800T 150,061.17 $3.08 43,937.515 $461,471.75 Mirroring 08/31/11 A00107
Sun ZFS Storage 7420 137,066.20 $2.99 23,703.035 $409,933 Mirroring 10/03/11 A00108
Huawei Symantec S5600T 102,471.66 $2.73 35,945.185 $279,914.53 Mirroring 08/25/11 A00106
Pillar Axiom 600 70,102.27 $7.32 32,000.000 $513,112 Mirroring 04/19/11 A00104
NetApp FAS3270A 68,034.63 $7.48 21,659.386 $509,200.79 RAID DP 11/09/10 AE00004
Sun Storage 6780 62,261.80 $6.89 13,742.218 $429,294 Mirroring 06/01/10 A00094
NetApp FAS3170 60,515.34 $10.01 19,628,500 $605,492 RAID-DP 06/10/08 A00066
IBM V7000 56,510.85 $7.24 14,422.309 $409,410.86 Mirroring 10/22/10 A00097
IBM V7000 53,014.29 $7.52 24,433.592 $389,425.11 Mirroring 03/14/11 A00103

SPC-1 IOPS = the Performance Metric
$/SPC-1 IOPS = the Price/Performance Metric
ASU Capacity = the Capacity Metric
Data Protection = Data Protection Metric
TSC Price = Total Cost of Ownership Metric
Results Identifier = A unique identification of the result Metric

Complete SPC-1 benchmark results may be found at http://www.storageperformance.org.

Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance in clustered configuration
2 x Sun ZFS Storage 7420 controllers, each with
4 x 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon X7550 processors
512 GB memory, 64 x 8 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 DIMMs
4 x 512 GB SSD flash-enabled read-cache
12 x Sun Disk shelves
10 x shelves with 24 x 300 GB 15K RPM SAS-2 drives
2 x shelves with 20 x 300 GB 15K RPM SAS-2 drives and 4 x 73 GB SAS-2 flash-enabled write-cache

Server Configuration:

1 x SPARC T3-2 server
2 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors
128 GB memory
6 x 8 Gb FC connections to the Sun ZFS Storage 7420 appliance
Oracle Solaris 10 9/10

Benchmark Description

SPC Benchmark-1 (SPC-1): is the first industry standard storage benchmark and is the most comprehensive performance analysis environment ever constructed for storage subsystems. The I/O workload in SPC-1 is characterized by predominately random I/O operations as typified by multi-user OLTP, database, and email servers environments. SPC-1 uses a highly efficient multi-threaded workload generator to thoroughly analyze direct attach or network storage subsystems. The SPC-1 benchmark enables companies to rapidly produce valid performance and price/performance results using a variety of host platforms and storage network topologies.

SPC1 is built to:

  • Provide a level playing field for test sponsors.
  • Produce results that are powerful and yet simple to use.
  • Provide value for engineers as well as IT consumers and solution integrators.
  • Is easy to run, easy to audit/verify, and easy to use to report official results.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-1, SPC-1 IOPS, $/SPC-1 IOPS are registered trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC). Results as of October 2, 2011, for more information see www.storageperformance.org. Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1#a00108; NetApp FAS3270A http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1#ae00004.

SPARC T4-4 Produces World Record Oracle OLAP Capacity

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server delivered world record capacity on the Oracle OLAP Perf workload.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server was able to operate on a cube with a 3 billion row fact table of sales data containing 4 dimensions which represents as many as 70 quintillion aggregate rows (70 followed by 18 zeros).

  • The SPARC T4-4 server supported 3,500 cube-queries/minute against the Oracle OLAP cube with an average response time of 1.5 seconds and the median response time of 0.15 seconds.

Performance Landscape

Oracle OLAP Perf Benchmark
System Fact Table
Num of Rows
Cube-Queries/
minute
Median Response
seconds
Average Response
seconds
SPARC T4-4 3 Billion 3,500 0.15 1.5

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T4-4 server with
4 x SPARC T4 processors, 3.0 GHz
1 TB main memory
2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition with Oracle OLAP option

Benchmark Description

OLAP Perf is a workload designed to demonstrate and stress the Oracle OLAP product's core functionalities of fast query, fast update, and rich calculations on a dimensional model to support Enhanced Data Warehousing. The workload uses a set of realistic business intelligence (BI) queries that run against an OLAP cube.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The SPARC T4-4 server is estimated to support 2,400 interactive users with this fast response time assuming only 5 seconds between query requests.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 10/3/2011.

Friday Sep 30, 2011

SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on ZFS Encryption Tests

Oracle continues to lead in enterprise security. Oracle's SPARC T4 processors combined with Oracle's Solaris ZFS file system demonstrate faster file system encryption than equivalent systems based on the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Sequence chips which use AES-NI security instructions.

Encryption is the process where data is encoded for privacy and a key is needed by the data owner to access the encoded data. The benefits of using ZFS encryption are:

  • The SPARC T4 processor is 3.5x to 5.2x faster than the Intel Xeon Processor X5670 that has the AES-NI security instructions in creating encrypted files.

  • ZFS encryption is integrated with the ZFS command set. Like other ZFS operations, encryption operations such as key changes and re-key are performed online.

  • Data is encrypted using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with key lengths of 256, 192, and 128 in the CCM and GCM operation modes.

  • The flexibility of encrypting specific file systems is a key feature.

  • ZFS encryption is inheritable to descendent file systems. Key management can be delegated through ZFS delegated administration.

  • ZFS encryption uses the Oracle Solaris Cryptographic Framework which gives it access to SPARC T4 processor and Intel Xeon X5670 processor (Intel AES-NI) hardware acceleration or to optimized software implementations of the encryption algorithms automatically.

Performance Landscape

Below are results running two different ciphers for ZFS encryption. Results are presented for runs without any cipher, labeled clear, and a variety of different key lengths.

Encryption Using AES-CCM Ciphers

MB/sec – 5 File Create* Encryption
Clear AES-256-CCM AES-192-CCM AES-128-CCM
SPARC T4-2 server 3,803 3,167 3,335 3,225
SPARC T3-2 server 2,286 1,554 1,561 1,594
2-Socket 2.93 GHz Xeon X5670 3,325 750 764 773

Speedup T4-2 vs X5670 1.1x 4.2x 4.4x 4.2x
Speedup T4-2 vs T3-2 1.7x 2.0x 2.1x 2.0x

Encryption Using AES-GCM Ciphers

MB/sec – 5 File Create* Encryption
Clear AES-256-GCM AES-192-GCM AES-128-GCM
SPARC T4-2 server 3,618 3,929 3,164 2,613
SPARC T3-2 server 2,278 1,451 1,455 1,449
2-Socket 2.93 GHz Xeon X5670 3,299 749 748 753

Speedup T4-2 vs X5670 1.1x 5.2x 4.2x 3.5x
Speedup T4-2 vs T3-2 1.6x 2.7x 2.2x 1.8x

(*) Maximum Delivered values measured over 5 concurrent mkfile operations.

Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

Sun Storage 6780 array
16 x 15K RPM drives
Raid 0 pool
Write back cache enable
Controller cache mirroring disabled for maximum bandwidth for test
Eight 8 Gb/sec ports per host

Server Configuration:

SPARC T4-2 server
2 x SPARC T4 2.85 GHz processors
256 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11

SPARC T3-2 server
2 x SPARC T3 1.6 GHz processors
Oracle Solaris 11 Express 2010.11

Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
2 x Intel Xeon X5670, 2.93 GHz processors
Oracle Solaris 11

Benchmark Description

The benchmark ran the UNIX command mkfile (1M). Mkfile is a simple single threaded program to create a file of a specified size. The script ran 5 mkfile operations in the background and observed the peak bandwidth observed during the test.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of December 16, 2011.

SPARC T4 Processor Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on AES Encryption Tests

The cryptography benchmark suite was internally developed by Oracle to measure the maximum throughput of in-memory, on-chip encryption operations that a system can perform. Multiple threads are used to achieve the maximum throughput.

  • Oracle's SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 1.5x faster on AES 256-bit key CFB mode encryption than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor running Oracle Linux 6.1 for in-memory encryption of 32 KB blocks.

  • The SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 1.7x faster on AES 256-bit key CBC mode encryption than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor running Oracle Linux 6.1 for in-memory encryption of 32 KB blocks.

  • The SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 3.6x faster on AES 256-bit key CCM mode encryption than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor running Oracle Linux 6.1 for in-memory encryption with authentication of 32 KB blocks.

  • The SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 1.4x faster on AES 256-bit key GCM mode encryption than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor running Oracle Linux 6.1 for in-memory encryption with authentication of 32 KB blocks.

  • The SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 9% faster on single-threaded AES 256-bit key CFB mode encryption than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor running Oracle Linux 6.1 for in-memory encryption of 32 KB blocks.

  • The SPARC T4 processor running Oracle Solaris 11 is 1.8x faster on AES 256-bit key CFB mode encryption than the SPARC T3 running Solaris 11 Express.

  • AES CFB mode is used by the Oracle Database 11g for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which provides security to database storage.

Performance Landscape

Encryption Performance – AES-CFB

Performance is presented for in-memory AES-CFB128 mode encryption. Multiple key sizes of 256-bit, 192-bit and 128-bit are presented. The encryption was performance on 32 KB of pseudo-random data (same data for each run).

AES-256-CFB
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 10,963 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 7,526 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T3 1.65 32 6,023 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
Intel X5690 3.47 12 2,894 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T4 2.85 1 712 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 653 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 425 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 331 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

AES-192-CFB
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 12,451 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 8,677 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T3 1.65 32 6,175 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
Intel X5690 3.47 12 2,976 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T4 2.85 1 816 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 752 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 461 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 371 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

AES-128-CFB
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 14,388 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 10,214 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 32 6,390 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
Intel X5690 3.47 12 3,115 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 953 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 886 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 509 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 395 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

Encryption Performance – AES-CBC

Performance is presented for in-memory AES-CBC mode encryption. Multiple key sizes of 256-bit, 192-bit and 128-bit are presented. The encryption was performance on 32 KB of pseudo-random data (same data for each run).

AES-256-CBC
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 11,588 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 7,171 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 6,704 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T3 1.65 32 5,980 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
SPARC T4 2.85 1 748 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 592 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 569 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 336 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

AES-192-CBC
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 13,216 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 8,211 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 7,588 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T3 1.65 32 6,333 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
SPARC T4 2.85 1 862 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 672 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 643 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 358 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

AES-128-CBC
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 15,323 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 9,785 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 8,746 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T3 1.65 32 6,347 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11
SPARC T4 2.85 1 1,017 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 781 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 1 739 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
SPARC T3 1.65 1 434 Oracle Solaris 11 Express, libpkcs11

Encryption Performance – AES-CCM

Performance is presented for in-memory AES-CCM mode encryption with authentication. Multiple key sizes of 256-bit, 192-bit and 128-bit are presented. The encryption/authentication was performance on 32 KB of pseudo-random data (same data for each run).

AES-256-CCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 5,850 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,860 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,613 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 480 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 258 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 190 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI

AES-192-CCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 6,709 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,930 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,715 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 565 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 293 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 206 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI

AES-128-CCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 7,856 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 2,031 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,838 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 664 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 321 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 225 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI

Encryption Performance – AES-GCM

Performance is presented for in-memory AES-GCM mode encryption with authentication. Multiple key sizes of 256-bit, 192-bit and 128-bit are presented. The encryption/authentication was performance on 32 KB of pseudo-random data (same data for each run).

AES-256-GCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 6,871 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 4,794 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,685 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 691 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 571 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 253 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto

AES-192-GCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 7,450 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 5,054 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,724 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 727 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 618 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 268 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto

AES-128-GCM
Microbenchmark Performance (MB/sec)
Processor GHz Th Performance Software Environment
SPARC T4 2.85 64 7,987 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 12 5,315 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
Intel X5690 3.47 12 1,781 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 765 Oracle Linux 6.1, IPP/AES-NI
SPARC T4 2.85 1 655 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto
Intel X5690 3.47 1 281 Oracle Solaris 11, libsoftcrypto

Configuration Summary

SPARC T4-1 server
1 x SPARC T4 processor, 2.85 GHz
128 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11

SPARC T3-1 server
1 x SPARC T3 processor, 1.65 GHz
128 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11 Express

Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
2 x Intel Xeon X5690, 3.47 GHz
Hyper-Threading enabled
Turbo Boost enabled
24 GB memory
Oracle Linux 6.1

Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
2 x Intel Xeon X5690, 3.47 GHz
Hyper-Threading enabled
Turbo Boost enabled
24 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11 Express

Benchmark Description

The benchmark measures cryptographic capabilities in terms of general low-level encryption, in-memory and on-chip using various ciphers, including AES-128-CFB, AES-192-CFB, AES-256-CFB, AES-128-CBC, AES-192-CBC, AES-256-CBC, AES-128-CCM, AES-192-CCM, AES-256-CCM, AES-128-GCM, AES-192-GCM and AES-256-GCM.

The benchmark results were obtained using tests created by Oracle which use various application interfaces to perform the various ciphers. They were run using optimized libraries for each platform to obtain the best possible performance.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2012, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 1/13/2012.

Thursday Sep 29, 2011

SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on OpenSSL AES Encryption Test

Oracle's SPARC T4 processor is faster than the Intel Xeon X5690 (with AES-NI) and the IBM POWER7.

  • On single-thread OpenSSL encryption, the 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 4.3 times faster than the 3.5 GHz IBM POWER7 processor.

  • On single-thread OpenSSL encryption, the 2.85 GHz SPARC T4 processor is 17% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor.

The SPARC T4 processor has Encryption Instruction Accelerators for encryption and decryption for AES and many other ciphers. The Intel Xeon X5690 processor has AES-NI instructions which accelerate only AES ciphers. The IBM POWER7 does not have cryptographic instructions, but cryptographic coprocessors are available.

Performance Landscape

The table below shows results when running the OpenSSL speed command with the AES-256-CBC cipher. The reported results are for a message size of 8192 bytes. Results are reported for a single thread and for running on all available hardware threads (no over subscribing).

OpenSSL Performance with
AES-256-CBC Encryption
Processor Performance (MB/sec)
1 Thread Maximum Throughput
(at number of threads)
SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz 769 11,967 (64)
Intel Xeon X5690, 3.46 GHz 660 7,362 (12)
IBM POWER7, 3.5 GHz 179 2,860 (est*)

(est*) The performance of the IBM POWER7 is estimated at 16 times the rate of the single thread performance. The estimate is considered an upper bound on expected performance for this processor.

Configuration Summary

SPARC Configuration:

SPARC T4-1 server
1 x SPARC T4 processors, 2.85 GHz
64 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11

Intel Configuration:

Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
1 x Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 3.46 GHz
24 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11

Software Configuration:

OpenSSL 1.0.0.d
gcc 3.4.3

Benchmark Description

The in-memory SSL performance was measured with the openssl command. openssl has an option for measuring the speed of various ciphers and message sizes. The actual command used to measure the speed of AES-256-CBC was:

openssl speed -multi {number of threads} -evp aes-256-cbc

openssl runs for several minutes and measures the speed, in units of MB/sec, of the specified cipher for messages of sizes 16 bytes to 8192 bytes.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The Encryption Instruction Accelerators are accessed through a platform independent API for cryptographic engines.
  • The OpenSSL libraries use the API. The default is to not use the Encryption Instruction Accelerators.
  • Cryptography is compute intensive. Using all available threads streams, both the SPARC T4 processor and the Intel Xeon processor were able to saturate the memory bandwidth of the respective systems.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 9/26/2011.

SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on IPsec Encryption Tests

Oracle's SPARC T4 processor has significantly greater performance than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor when both are using Oracle Solaris 11 secure IP networking (IPsec). The SPARC T4 processor using IPsec AES-256-CCM mode achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network.

  • On IPsec, SPARC T4 processor is 23% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor (Intel AES-NI).

  • The SPARC T4 processor is only at 23% utilization when running at its maximum throughput making it 3.6 times more efficient at secure networking than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor.

  • The 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor is nearly fully utilized at its maximum throughput leaving little CPU for application processing.

  • The SPARC T4 processor using IPsec AES-256-CCM mode achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network.

  • The SPARC T4 processor approaches line speed with fewer than one-quarter the number of IPsec streams required for the Intel Xeon X5690 processor to achieve its peak throughput. The SPARC T4 processor supports the additional streams with minimal extra CPU utilization.

IPsec provides general purpose networking security which is transparent to applications. This is ideal for supplying the capability to those networking applications that don't have cryptography built-in. IPsec provides for more than Virtual Private Networking (VPN) deployments where the technology is often first encountered.

Performance Landscape

Performance was measured using the AES-256-CCM cipher in megabits per second (Mb/sec) aggregate over sufficient numbers of TCP/IP streams to achieve line rate threshold (SPARC T4 processor) or drive a peak throughput (Intel Xeon X5690).

Processor GHz AES Decrypt AES Encrypt
B/W (Mb/sec) CPU Util Streams B/W (Mb/sec) CPU Util Streams
– Peak performance
SPARC T4 2.85 9,800 23% 96 9,800 20% 78
Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 8,000 83% 4,700 81%
– Load at which SPARC T4 processor performance crosses 9000 Mb/sec
SPARC T4 2.85 9,300 19% 17 9,200 15% 17
Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 4,700 41% 3,200 47%

Configuration Summary

SPARC Configuration:

SPARC T4-1 server
1 x SPARC T4 processor 2.85 GHz
128 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11
Single 10-Gigabit Ethernet XAUI Adapter

Intel Configuration:

Sun Fire X4270 M2
1 x Intel Xeon X5690 3.46 GHz, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost active
48 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11
Sun Dual Port 10GbE PCIe 2.0 Networking Card with Intel 82599 10GbE Controller

Driver Systems Configuration:

2 x Sun Blade 6000 chassis each with
1 x Sun Blade 6000 Virtualized Ethernet Switched Network Express Module 10GbE (NEM)
10 x Sun Blade X6270 M2 server modules each with
2 x Intel Xeon X5680 3.33 GHz, Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost active
48 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 11
Dual 10-Gigabit Ethernet Fabric Expansion Module (FEM)

Benchmark Configuration:

Netperf 2.4.5 network benchmark adapted for testing bandwidth of multiple streams in aggregate.

Benchmark Description

The results here are derived from runs of the Netperf 2.4.5 benchmark. Netperf is a client/server benchmark measuring network performance providing a number of independent tests, including the TCP streaming bandwidth tests used here.

Netperf is, however, a single network stream benchmark and to demonstrate peak network bandwidth over a 10 GbE line under encryption requires many streams.

The Netperf documentation provides an example of using the software to drive multiple streams. The example is not sufficient to develop the workload because it does not scale beyond a single driver node which limits the processing power that can be applied. This subsequently limits how many full bandwidth streams can be supported. We chose to have a single server process on the target system (containing either the SPARC T4 processor or the Intel Xeon processor) and to spawn one or more Netperf client processes each across a cluster of the driver systems. The client processes are managed by the mpirun program of the Oracle Message Passing Toolkit.

Tabular results include aggregate bandwidth and CPU utilization. The aggregate bandwidth is computed by dividing the total traffic of the client processes by the overall runtime. CPU utilization on the target system is the average of that reported by all of the Netperf client processes.

IPsec is configured in the operating system of each participating server transparently to Netperf and applied to the dedicated network connecting the target system to the driver systems.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Line speed is defined as data bandwidth within 10% of theoretical maximum bit rate of network line. For 10 GbE greater than 9000 Mb/sec bandwidth is defined as line speed.

  • IPsec provides network security that is configured completely in the operating system and is transparent to the application.

  • Peak bandwidths under IPsec are achieved only in aggregate with multiple client network streams to the target server.

  • Oracle Solaris receiver fanout must be increased from the default to support the large numbers of streams at quoted peak rates.

  • The ixgbe network driver relevant on servers with Intel 82599 10GbE controllers (driver systems and Intel Xeon target system) was limited to only a single receiver queue to maximize utilization of extra fanout.

  • IPsec is configured to make a unique security association (SA) for each connection to avoid a bottleneck over the large stream counts.

  • Jumbo frames are enabled (MTU of 9000) and network interrupt blanking (sometimes called interrupt coalescence) is disabled.

  • The TCP streaming bandwidth tests, which run continuously for minutes and multiple times to determine statistical significance, are configured to use message sizes of 1,048,576 bytes.

  • IPsec configuration defines that each SA is established through the use of a preshared key and Internet Key Exchange (IKE).

  • IPsec encryption uses the Solaris Cryptographic Framework which applies the appropriate accelerated provider on both the SPARC T4 processor and the Intel Xeon processor.

  • There is no need to configure a specific authentication algorithm for IPsec. With the Encapsulated Security Payload (ESP) security protocol and choosing AES-256-CCM for the encryption algorithm, the encapsulation is self-authenticating.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 9/26/2011.

SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on SSL Network Tests

Oracle's SPARC T4 processor is faster and more efficient than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor (with AES-NI) when running network SSL thoughput tests.

  • The SPARC T4 processor at 2.85 GHz is 20% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor on single stream network SSL encryption.

  • The SPARC T4 processor requires fewer streams to attain near-linespeed of a 10 GbE secure network and does this with 5 times less CPU resources compared to the Intel Xeon X5690 processor.

  • Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server using 8 threads achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network with only 9% CPU utilization.

  • Oracle's Sun Fire X4270 M2 with two Intel Xeon X5690 processors achieves line speed with 8 threads, but at 45% CPU utilization.

The SPARC T4 processor has hardware support via Encryption Instruction Accelerators for encryption and decryption for AES and many other ciphers. The Intel Xeon X5690 processor has AES-NI instructions which accelerate only AES ciphers.

Performance Landscape

The following table shows single stream results running encrypted (SSL Read) and unencrypted (Clear Text) messages of 1 MB in size. These tests were run with the uperf benchmark and used the AES-256-CBC cipher. They were run across a 10 GbE connection. Write messages saw similar performance.

Single Stream Network Communication with Uperf
Processor Performance (Mb/sec)
Clear Text SSL Read
SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz 4,194 1,678
Intel Xeon X5690, 3.46 GHz 5,591 1,398

The next table shows how many streams it takes to achieve 90% of the 10 GbE network bandwidth (9000 Mb/sec) for encrypted read messages of 1 MB in size. These tests were run with the uperf benchmark and used the AES-256-CBC cipher. Write messages saw similar performance.

Uperf SSL Read with AES-256-CBC
Processor Number of
Streams for 90%
Network Utilization
CPU Utilization
SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz 8 9%
Intel Xeon X5690, 3.46 GHz 12 45%

Configuration Summary

SPARC T4 Configuration:

2 x SPARC T4-2 servers each with
2 x SPARC T4 processors, 2.85 GHz
128 GB memory
1 x 10-Gigabit Ethernet XAUI Adapter
Oracle Solaris 11
Back-to-back 10 GbE connection

Intel Configuration:

2 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers each with
2 x Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 3.46 GHz
48 GB memory
1 x Sun Dual Port 10GbE PCIe 2.0 Networking Card with Intel 82599 10GbE Controller
Oracle Solaris 11
Back-to-back 10 GbE connection

Software Configuration:

OpenSSL 1.0.0.d
uperf 1.0.3
gcc 3.4.3

Benchmark Description

Uperf is an open source benchmark program for simulating and measuring network performance. Uperf is able to measure the performance of various protocols, including TCP, UDP, SCTP and SSL. The uperf benchmark uses an input-defined workload to test network performance. This input workload can be used to model complex situations or to isolate simple tasks. The workload used for these tests was simple network reads and simple network writes.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The Encryption Instruction Accelerators are accessed through a platform independent API for cryptographic engines.
  • The OpenSSL libraries use the API. The default is to not use the Encryption Instruction Accelerators.
  • Cryptography is compute intensive. Using 8 streams, the SPARC T4 processor was able to match the bandwidth of the 10 GbE network with 8 threads.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 9/26/2011.

Wednesday Sep 28, 2011

SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record on Oracle E-Business Suite R12 X-Large Order to Cash

With Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server running the application and SPARC T4-4 server running the database, Oracle set a world record result for the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard X-Large Order to Cash (OLTP) benchmark.

  • The combination of a SPARC T4-2 server running the Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 application and a SPARC T4-4 server running the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 database enabled 2400 Order to Cash users of the X-Large Benchmark to simultaneously execute a large volume of medium to heavy transactions with an average response time of 2.4 seconds.

  • The SPARC T4-2 server in the application tier and the SPARC T4-4 server in the database tier are only about half utilized providing significant headroom for additional Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 processing modules and future growth.

Performance Landscape

This is the first published result for the X-large benchmark using Oracle E-Business Order Management module.

OLTP Workload: Order to Cash
X-Large Configuration
System Users Average
Response Time
90th Percentile
Response Time
SPARC T4-2 2400 2.413 sec. 3.114 sec.

Configuration Summary

Application Tier Configuration:

1 x SPARC T4-2 server
2 x SPARC T4 processors, 2.85 GHz
256 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.2

Database Tier Configuration:

1 x SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC T4 processors, 3.0 GHz
256 GB memory
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2

Storage Configuration:

1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array

Benchmark Description

The Oracle R12 E-Business Suite Standard Benchmark combines online transaction execution by simulated users with concurrent batch processing to model a typical scenario for a global enterprise. This benchmark ran one OLTP component, Order to Cash, in the Extra-Large size. The goal is to obtain reference response times.

Results can be published in four sizes and utilize different combination

  • X-large: Maximum online users running all business flows between 10,000 to 20,000; 750,000 order to cash lines per hour and 250,000 payroll checks per hour.
    • Order to Cash Online -- 2400 users
      • The percentage across the 5 transactions in Order Management module is:
        • Insert Manual Invoice -- 16.66%
        • Insert Order -- 32.33%
        • Order Pick Release -- 16.66%
        • Ship Confirm -- 16.66%
        • Order Summary Report -- 16.66%
    • HR Self-Service -- 4000 users
    • Customer Support Flow -- 8000 users
    • Procure to Pay -- 2000 users
  • Large: 10,000 online users; 100,000 order to cash lines per hour and 100,000 payroll checks per hour.
  • Medium: up to 3000 online users; 50,000 order to cash lines per hour and 10,000 payroll checks per hour.
  • Small: up to 1000 online users; 10,000 order to cash lines per hour and 5,000 payroll checks per hour.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Oracle E-Business X-Large Order to Cash benchmark, SPARC T4-2, SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz, 2 chips, 16 cores, 128 threads, 256 GB memory, SPARC T4-4, SPARC T4, 3.0 GHz, 4 chips, 32 cores, 256 threads, 256 GB memory, average response time 2.413 sec, 90th percentile response time 3.114 sec, Oracle Solaris 10 8/11, Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.2, Oracle Database 11g Release 2, Results as of 9/26/2011.

SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries

Oracle's SPARC T4 processor with Encryption Instruction Accelerators greatly improves performance over software implementations. This will greatly expand the use of TDE for many customers.

  • Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server is over 42% faster than Oracle's Sun Fire X4270 M2 (Intel AES-NI) when running DSS-style queries referencing an encrypted tablespace.

Oracle's Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) feature of the Oracle Database simplifies the encryption of data within datafiles preventing unauthorized access to it from the operating system. Tablespace encryption allows encryption of the entire contents of a tablespace.

TDE tablespace encryption has been certified with Siebel, PeopleSoft, and Oracle E-Business Suite applications

Performance Landscape

Total Query Time (time in seconds)
System GHz AES-128 AES-192 AES-256
SPARC T4-2 server 2.85 588 588 588
Sun Fire X4270 M2 (Intel X5690) 3.46 836 841 842
SPARC T4-2 Advantage
42% 43% 43%

Configuration Summary

SPARC Configuration:

SPARC T4-2 server
2 x SPARC T4 processors, 2.85 GHz
256 GB memory
2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Oracle Solaris 11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2

Intel Configuration:

Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
2 x Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 3.46 GHz
48 GB memory
2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array
Oracle Linux 5.7
Oracle Database 11g Release 2

Benchmark Description

To test the performance of TDE, a 1 TB database was created. To demonstrate secure transactions, four 25 GB tables emulating customer private data were created: clear text, encrypted AES-128, encrypted AES-192, and encrypted AES-256. Eight queries of varying complexity that join on the customer table were executed.

The time spent scanning the customer table during each query was measured and query plans analyzed to ensure a fair comparison, e.g. no broken queries. The total query time for all queries is reported.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 is required for SPARC T4 processor Encryption Instruction Accelerators support with TDE tablespaces.

  • TDE tablespaces support the SPARC T4 processor Encryption Instruction Accelerators for Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) only.

  • AES-CFB is the mode used in the Oracle database with TDE

  • Prior to using TDE tablespaces you must create a wallet and setup an encryption key. Here is one method to do that:

  • Create a wallet entry in $ORACLE_HOME/network/admin/sqlnet.ora.
    ENCRYPTION_WALLET_LOCATION=
    (SOURCE=(METHOD=FILE)(METHOD_DATA=
    (DIRECTORY=/oracle/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/dbhome_1/encryption_wallet)))
    
    Set an encryption key. This also opens the wallet.
    $ sqlplus / as sysdba
    SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET ENCRYPTION KEY IDENTIFIED BY "tDeDem0";
    
    On subsequent instance startup open the wallet.
    $ sqlplus / as sysdba
    SQL> STARTUP;
    SQL> ALTER SYSTEM SET ENCRYPTION WALLET OPEN IDENTIFIED BY "tDeDem0";
    
  • TDE tablespace encryption and decryption occur on physical writes and reads of database blocks, respectively.

  • For parallel query using direct path reads decryption overhead varies inversely with the complexity of the query.

    For a simple full table scan query overhead can be reduced and performance improved by reducing the degree of parallelism (DOP) of the query.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2011, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 9/26/2011.
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