Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe Cards Outperform IBM on SPC-1C

Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered outstanding value as measured by the SPC-1C benchmark, showing the advantage of Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology in terms of both performance and price/performance.
  • Three of Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered an aggregate of 72,521.11 SPC-1C IOPS, achieving the best price/performance (TSC price / SPC-1C IOPS).

  • The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered 61% better performance at 1/5th the TSC price than the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered 9x better price/performance (TSC price / SPC-1C IOPS) than the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • The Sun F20 PCIe Flash Accelerators and workload generator were run and priced inside Oracle's Sun Fire X4270M2 server. The storage and workload generator used the same space (2 RU) as the IBM System Storage EXP12S by itself.

  • The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered 6x better access density (SPC-1C IOPS / ASU Capacity (GB)) than the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards delivered 1.5x better price / storage capacity (TSC / ASU Capacity (GB)) than the IBM System Storage EXP12S.

  • This type of workload is similar to database acceleration workloads where the storage is used as a low-latency cache. Typically these applications do not require data protection.

Performance Landscape

System SPC-1C
IOPS™
ASU
Capacity
(GB)
TSC Data
Protection
Level
LRT
Response
(µsecs)
Access
Density
Price
/Perf
$/GB Identifier
Sun F5100 300,873.47 1374.390 $151,381 unprotected 330 218.9 $0.50 110.14 C00010
Sun F20 72,521.11 147.413 $15,554 unprotected 468 492.0 $0.21 105.51 C00011
IBM EXP12S 45,000.20 547.610 $87,468 unprotected 460 82.2 $1.94 159.76 E00001

SPC-1C IOPS – SPC-1C performance metric, bigger is better
ASU Capacity – Application storage unit (ASU) capacity (in GB)
TSC – Total price of tested storage configuration, smaller is better
Data Protection Level – Data protection level used in benchmark
LRT Response (µsecs) – Average response time (microseconds) of the 10% BSU load level test run, smaller is better
Access Density – Derived metric of SPC-1C IOPS / ASU Capacity (GB), bigger is better
Price/Perf – Derived metric of TSC / SPC-1C IOPS, smaller is better.
$/GB – Derived metric of TSC / ASU Capacity (GB), smaller is better
Pricing for the IBM EXP12S included maintenance, pricing for the Sun F20 did not
Identifier – The SPC-1C submission identifier

Results and Configuration Summary

Storage Configuration:

3 x Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards (4 FMODs each)

Hardware Configuration:

1 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 server
12 GB memory
1 x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5670 processor

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10
SPC-1C benchmark kit

Benchmark Description

SPC Benchmark 1C? (SPC-1C) is the first Storage Performance Council (SPC) component-level benchmark applicable across a broad range of storage component products such as disk drives, host bus adapters (HBAs), intelligent enclosures, and storage software, such as, Logical Volume Managers. SPC-1C utilizes an identical workload to SPC-1, which is designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage component product, while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries, as well as, update operations. Examples of those types of applications include OLTP, database operations, and mail server implementations.

SPC-1C configurations consist of one or more HBAs/Controllers and one of the following storage device configurations:

  • One, two, or four storage devices in a stand alone configuration. An external enclosure may be used, but only to provide power and/or connectivity for the storage devices.

  • A "Small Storage Subsystem" configured in no larger than a 4U enclosure profile (1 - 4U, 2 - 2U, 4 - 1U, etc.).

Key Points and Best Practices

  • For best performance, insure partitions start on a 4K aligned boundary.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPC-1C, SPC-1C IOPS, SPC-1C LRT are trademarks of Storage Performance Council (SPC), see www.storageperformance.org for more information. Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards SPC-1C submission identifier C00011 results of 72,521.11 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 147.413 GB using unprotected data protection, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.468 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 6.17 milliseconds and a total TSC price (not including three-year maintenance) of $15,554. Sun Storage F5100 flash array SPC-1C submission identifier C00010 results of 300,873.47 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 1374.390 GB using unprotected data protection, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.33 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 2.63 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $151,381. This compares with IBM System Storage EXP12S SPC-1C/E Submission identifier E00001 results of 45,000.20 SPC-1C IOPS over a total ASU capacity of 547.61 GB using unprotected data protection level, a SPC-1C LRT of 0.46 milliseconds, a 100% load over all ASU response time of 6.95 milliseconds and a total TSC price (including three-year maintenance) of $87,468.35. Derived metrics: Access Density (SPC-1C IOPS / ASU Cpacity (GB)); Price / Performance (TSC / SPC-1C IOPS); Price / Storage Capacity (TSC / ASU Cpacity (GB))

The Sun Flash Accelerator F20 PCIe cards is a single half-height, low-profile PCIe card. The IBM System Storage EXP12S is a 2RU (3.5") array.

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