Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2) Delivers World Record TPC-C for x86 Systems

Oracle's Sun Server X2-8 (formerly Sun Fire X4800 M2 server) equipped with eight 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870 chips obtained a result of 5,055,888 tpmC on the TPC-C benchmark. This result is a world record for x86 servers. Oracle demonstrated this world record database performance running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning.

  • The Sun Server X2-8 delivered a new x86 TPC-C world record of 5,055,888 tpmC with a price performance of $0.89/tpmC using Oracle Database 11g Release 2. This configuration is available 7/10/12.

  • The Sun Server X2-8 delivers 3.0x times better performance than the next 8-processor result, an IBM System p 570 equipped with POWER6 processors.

  • The Sun Server X2-8 has 3.1x times better price/performance than the 8-processor 4.7GHz POWER6 IBM System p 570.

  • The Sun Server X2-8 has 1.6x times better performance than the 4-processor IBM x3850 X5 system equipped with Intel Xeon processors.

  • This is the first TPC-C result on any system using eight Intel Xeon Processor E7-8800 Series chips.

  • The Sun Server X2-8 is the first x86 system to get over 5 million tpmC.

  • The Oracle solution utilized Oracle Linux operating system and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 2 with Partitioning to produce the x86 world record TPC-C benchmark performance.

Performance Landscape

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

System p/c/t tpmC Price
Avail Database Memory
Sun Server X2-8 8/80/160 5,055,888 0.89 USD 7/10/2012 Oracle 11g R2 4 TB
IBM x3850 X5 4/40/80 3,014,684 0.59 USD 7/11/2011 DB2 ESE 9.7 3 TB
IBM x3850 X5 4/32/64 2,308,099 0.60 USD 5/20/2011 DB2 ESE 9.7 1.5 TB
IBM System p 570 8/16/32 1,616,162 3.54 USD 11/21/2007 DB2 9.0 2 TB

p/c/t - processors, cores, threads
Avail - availability date

Oracle and IBM TPC-C Response times

System tpmC Response Time (sec)
New Order 90th%
Response Time (sec)
New Order Average

Sun Server X2-8 5,055,888 0.210 0.166
IBM x3850 X5 3,014,684 0.500 0.272
Ratios - Oracle Better 1.6x 1.4x 1.3x

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:

Sun Server X2-8
8 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870
4 TB memory
8 x 300 GB 10K RPM SAS internal disks
8 x Dual port 8 Gbs FC HBA

Data Storage
10 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
1 x 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon X5675 processor
8 GB memory
10 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 5300 switches

Redo Storage
2 x Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
1 x 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon X5675 processor
8 GB memory
11 x 2 TB 7.2K RPM 3.5" SAS disks

8 x Sun Fire X4170 M2 servers, each with
2 x 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon X5675 processors
48 GB memory
2 x 300 GB 10K RPM SAS disks

Software Configuration:

Oracle Linux (Sun Fire 4800 M2)
Oracle Solaris 11 Express (COMSTAR for Sun Fire X4270 M2)
Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 (Sun Fire X4170 M2)
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning
Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 U5
Tuxedo CFS-R Tier 1


System: Sun Server X2-8
tpmC: 5,055,888
Price/tpmC: 0.89 USD
Available: 7/10/2012
Database: Oracle Database 11g
Cluster: no
New Order Average Response: 0.166 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 Partitioning scales easily to this high level of performance.

  • COMSTAR (Common Multiprotocol SCSI Target) is the software framework that enables an Oracle 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 middleware is used for the client tier of the benchmark. Each web server instance supports more than a quarter-million users while satisfying the 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). Sun Server X2-8 (8/80/160) with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning, 5,055,888 tpmC, $0.89 USD/tpmC, available 7/10/2012. IBM x3850 X5 (4/40/80) with DB2 ESE 9.7, 3,014,684 tpmC, $0.59 USD/tpmC, available 7/11/2011. IBM x3850 X5 (4/32/64) with DB2 ESE 9.7, 2,308,099 tpmC, $0.60 USD/tpmC, available 5/20/2011. IBM System p 570 (8/16/32) with DB2 9.0, 1,616,162 tpmC, $3.54 USD/tpmC, available 11/21/2007. Source:, results as of 7/15/2011.


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