World Record TPC-C Result on Oracle's SPARC Supercluster with T3-4 Servers

Oracle demonstrated the world's fastest database performance using 27 of Oracle's SPARC T3-4 servers, 138 Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage systems and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters (RAC) and Partitioning delivered a world-record TPC-C benchmark result.

  • The SPARC T3-4 server cluster delivered a world record TPC-C benchmark result of 30,249,688 tpmC and $1.01 $/tpmC (USD) using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on a configuration available 6/1/2011.

  • The SPARC T3-4 server cluster is 2.9x faster than the performance of the IBM Power 780 (POWER7 3.86 GHz) cluster with IBM DB2 9.7 database and has 27% better price/performance on the TPC-C benchmark. Almost identical price discount levels were applied by Oracle and IBM.

  • The Oracle solution has three times better performance than the IBM configuration and only used twice the power during the run of the TPC-C benchmark.  (Based upon IBM's own claims of energy usage from their August 17, 2010 press release.)

  • The Oracle solution delivered 2.9x the performance in only 71% of the space compared to the IBM TPC-C benchmark result.

  • The SPARC T3-4 server with Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage solution demonstrates 3.2x faster response time than IBM Power 780 (POWER7 3.86 GHz) result on the TPC-C benchmark.

  • Oracle used a single-image database, whereas IBM used 96 separate database partitions on their 3-node cluster. It is interesting to note that IBM used 32 database images instead of running each server as a simple SMP.

  • IBM did not use DB2 Enterprise Database, but instead IBM used "DB2 InfoSphere Warehouse 9.7" which is a data warehouse and data management product and not their flagship OLTP product.

  • The multi-node SPARC T3-4 server cluster is 7.4x faster than the HP Superdome (1.6 GHz Itanium2) solution and has 66% better price/performance on the TPC-C benchmark.

  • The Oracle solution utilized Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology to deliver this result. The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage system was used for database storage.

  • Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 2 with Real Application Clusters and Partitioning scales and effectively uses all of the nodes in this configuration to produce the world record TPC-C benchmark performance.

  • This result showed Oracle's integrated hardware and software stacks provide industry leading performance.

Performance Landscape

TPC-C results (sorted by tpmC, bigger is better)

System tpmC Price/tpmC Avail Database Cluster Racks
27 x SPARC T3-4 30,249,688 1.01 USD 6/1/2011 Oracle 11g RAC Y 15
3 x IBM Power 780 10,366,254 1.38 USD 10/13/10 DB2 9.7 Y 10
HP Integrity Superdome 4,092,799 2.93 USD 08/06/07 Oracle 10g R2 N 46

Avail - Availability date
Racks - Clients, servers, storage, infrastructure

Oracle and IBM TPC-C Response times

System tpmC Response Time (sec)
New Order 90th%
Response Time (sec)
New Order Average
27 x SPARC T3-4 30,249,688 0.750 0.352
3 x IBM Power 780 10,366,254 2.1 1.137
Response Time Ratio - Oracle Better 2.9x 2.8x 3.2x

Oracle uses Average New Order Response time for comparison between Oracle and IBM.

Graphs of Oracle's and IBM's response times for New-Order can be found in the full disclosure reports on TPC's website TPC-C Official Result Page.

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

15 racks used to hold

Servers
27 x SPARC T3-4 servers, each with
4 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors
512 GB memory
3 x 300 GB 10K RPM 2.5" SAS disks

Data Storage
69 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
1 x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5670 processor
8 GB memory
9 x 2 TB 7.2K RPM 3.5" SAS disks
2 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage (1.92 TB each)
1 x Brocade DCX switch

Redo Storage
28 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
1 x 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5670 processor
8 GB memory
11 x 2 TB 7.2K RPM 3.5" SAS disks
2 x Brocade 5300 switches

Clients
81 x Sun Fire X4170 M2 servers, each with
2 x 2.93 GHz Intel X5670 processors
48 GB memory
2 x 146 GB 10K RMP 2.5" SAS disks

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 (for SPARC T3-4 and Sun Fire X4170 M2)
Oracle Solaris 11 Express (COMSTAR for Sun Fire X4270 M2)
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters and Partitioning
Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 U5
Tuxedo CFS-R Tier 1

Results:

System 27 x SPARC T3-4
tpmC 30,249,688
Price/tpmC 1.01 USD
Avail 6/1/2011
Database Oracle Database 11g RAC
Cluster yes
Racks 15
New Order Ave Response 0.352 seconds

Benchmark Description

TPC-C is an OLTP system benchmark. It simulates a complete environment where a population of terminal operators executes transactions against a database. The benchmark is centered around the principal activities (transactions) of an order-entry environment. These transactions include entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders, and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters and Partitioning scales easily to this high level of performance.

  • Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage provides high performance, very low latency, and very high storage density.

  • COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target), new in Oracle Solaris 11 Express, is the software framework that enables a Solaris host to serve as a SCSI Target platform. COMSTAR uses a modular approach to break the huge task of handling all the different pieces in a SCSI target subsystem into independent functional modules which are glued together by the SCSI Target Mode Framework (STMF). The modules implementing functionality at SCSI level (disk, tape, medium changer etc.) are not required to know about the underlying transport. And the modules implementing the transport protocol (FC, iSCSI, etc.) are not aware of the SCSI-level functionality of the packets they are transporting. The framework hides the details of allocation providing execution context and cleanup of SCSI commands and associated resources and simplifies the task of writing the SCSI or transport modules.

  • Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 U5 is used in the user tier of the benchmark with each of the web server instance supporting more than a quarter-million users, while satisfying the stringent response time requirement from the TPC-C benchmark.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

TPC Benchmark C, tpmC, and TPC-C are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). 27-node SPARC T3-4 Cluster (4 x 1.65 GHz SPARC T3 processors) with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters and Partitioning, 30,249,688 tpmC, $1.01/tpmC, Available 6/1/2011. IBM Power 780 Cluster (3 nodes using 3.86 GHz POWER7 processors) with IBM DB2 InfoSphere Warehouse Ent. Base Ed. 9.7, 10,366,254 tpmC, $1.38 USD/tpmC, available 10/13/2010. HP Integrity Superdome(1.6GHz Itanium2, 64 processors, 128 cores, 256 threads) with Oracle 10g Enterprise Edition, 4,092,799 tpmC, $2.93/tpmC, available 8/06/07. Energy claims based upon IBM calculations and internal measurements. Source: http://www.tpc.org/tpcc, results as of 11/22/2010

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