SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record on PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 servers running Oracle's PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1 benchmark and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved World Record performance on Oracle Solaris 10.

  • Using two SPARC T4-4 servers to run the application and database tiers and one SPARC T4-2 server to run the webserver tier, Oracle demonstrated world record performance of 15,000 concurrent users running the PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1 benchmark.

  • The combination of the SPARC T4 servers running the PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 benchmark supports 3.8x more online users with faster response time compared to the best published result from IBM on the previous PeopleSoft HRMS 8.9 benchmark.

  • The average CPU utilization on the SPARC T4-4 server in the application tier handling 15,000 users was less than 50%, leaving significant room for application growth.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server on the application tier used Oracle Solaris Containers which provide a flexible, scalable and manageable virtualization environment.

Performance Landscape

PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1 Benchmark
Systems Processors Users Ave Response -
Search (sec)
Ave Response -
Save (sec)
SPARC T4-2 (web)
SPARC T4-4 (app)
SPARC T4-4 (db)
2 x SPARC T4, 2.85 GHz
4 x SPARC T4, 3.0 GHz
4 x SPARC T4, 3.0 GHz
15,000 1.01 0.63
PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 8.9 Benchmark
IBM Power 570 (web/app)
IBM Power 570 (db)
12 x POWER5, 1.9 GHz
4 x POWER5, 1.9 GHz
4,000 1.74 1.25
IBM p690 (web)
IBM p690 (app)
IBM p690 (db)
4 x POWER4, 1.9 GHz
12 x POWER4, 1.9 GHz
6 x 4392 MPIS/Gen1
4,000 1.35 1.01

The main differences between version 9.1 and version 8.9 of the benchmark are:

  • the database expanded from 100K employees and 20K managers to 500K employees and 100K managers,
  • the manager data was expanded,
  • a new transaction, "Employee Add Profile," was added, the percent of users executing it is less then 2%, and the transaction has a heavier footprint,
  • version 9.1 has a different benchmark metric (Average Response search/save time for x number of users) versus single user search/save time,
  • newer versions of the PeopleSoft application and PeopleTools software are used.

Configuration Summary

Application Server:

1 x SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC T4 processors 3.0 GHz
512 GB main memory
5 x 300 GB SAS internal disks,
2 x 100 GB internal SSDs
1 x 300 GB internal SSD
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.51.02
PeopleSoft HCM 9.1
Oracle Tuxedo, Version 10.3.0.0, 64-bit, Patch Level 031
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.6.0_20

Web Server:

1 x SPARC T4-2 server
2 x SPARC T4 processors 2.85 GHz
256 GB main memory
1 x 300 GB SAS internal disks
1 x 300 GB internal SSD
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.51.02
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g (10.3.3)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.6.0_20

Database Server:

1 x SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC T4 processors 3.0 GHz
256 GB main memory
3 x 300 GB SAS internal disks
1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (80 flash modules)
Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2

Benchmark Description

The purpose of the PeopleSoft HRMS Self-Service 9.1 benchmark is to measure comparative online performance of the selected processes in PeopleSoft Enterprise HCM 9.1 with Oracle Database 11g. The benchmark kit is an Oracle standard benchmark kit run by all platform vendors to measure the performance. It's an OLTP benchmark with no dependency on remote COBOL calls, there is no batch workload, and DB SQLs are moderately complex. The results are certified by Oracle and a white paper is published.

PeopleSoft defines a business transaction as a series of HTML pages that guide a user through a particular scenario. Users are defined as corporate Employees, Managers and HR administrators. The benchmark consists of 14 scenarios which emulate users performing typical HCM transactions such as viewing paychecks, promoting and hiring employees, updating employee profiles and other typical HCM application transactions.

All these transactions are well-defined in the PeopleSoft HR Self-Service 9.1 benchmark kit. The benchmark metric is the Average Response Time for search and save for 15,000 users..

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The application tier was configured with two PeopleSoft application server instances on the SPARC T4-4 server hosted in two separate Oracle Solaris Containers to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application, ease of administration, and load balancing.

  • Each PeopleSoft Application Server instance running in an Oracle Solaris Container was configured to run 5 application server Domains with 30 application server instances to be able to effectively handle the 15,000 users workload with zero application server queuing and minimal use of resources.

  • The web tier was configured with 20 WebLogic instances and with 4 GB JVM heap size to load balance transactions across 10 PeopleSoft Domains. That enables equitable distribution of transactions and scaling to high number of users.

  • Internal SSDs were configured in the application tier to host PeopleSoft Application Servers object CACHE file systems and in the web tier for WebLogic servers' logging providing near zero millisecond service time and faster server response time.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Oracle's PeopleSoft HRMS 9.1 benchmark, www.oracle.com/us/solutions/benchmark/apps-benchmark/peoplesoft-167486.html, results 9/26/2011.

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