SPARC T4-4 Delivers World Record First Result on PeopleSoft Combined Benchmark

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 servers running Oracle's PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 combined online and batch benchmark achieved World Record 18,000 concurrent users while executing a PeopleSoft Payroll batch job of 500,000 employees in 43.32 minutes and maintaining online users response time at < 2 seconds.

  • This world record is the first to run online and batch workloads concurrently.

  • This result was obtained with a SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Database 11g Release 2, a SPARC T4-4 server running PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 application server and a SPARC T4-2 server running Oracle WebLogic Server in the web tier.

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

  • The average CPU utilization on the SPARC T4-2 server in the web tier was 17%, on the SPARC T4-4 server in the application tier it was 59%, and on the SPARC T4-4 server in the database tier was 35% (online and batch) leaving significant headroom for additional processing across the three tiers.

  • The SPARC T4-4 server used for the database tier hosted Oracle Database 11g Release 2 using Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) for database files management with I/O performance equivalent to raw devices.

  • This is the first three tier mixed workload (online and batch) PeopleSoft benchmark also processing PeopleSoft payroll batch workload.

Performance Landscape

PeopleSoft HR Self-Service and Payroll Benchmark
Systems Users Ave Response
Search (sec)
Ave Response
Save (sec)
Time (min)
SPARC T4-2 (web)
SPARC T4-4 (app)
SPARC T4-4 (db)
18,000 0.944 0.503 43.32 64

Configuration Summary

Application Configuration:

1 x SPARC T4-4 server with
4 x SPARC T4 processors, 3.0 GHz
512 GB memory
1 x 600 GB SAS internal disks
4 x 300 GB SAS internal disks
1 x 100 GB and 2 x 300 GB internal SSDs
2 x 10 Gbe HBA
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
PeopleTools 8.52
PeopleSoft HCM 9.1
Oracle Tuxedo, Version, 64-bit, Patch Level 031
Java Platform, Standard Edition Development Kit 6 Update 32

Database Configuration:

1 x SPARC T4-4 server with
4 x SPARC T4 processors, 3.0 GHz
256 GB memory
1 x 600 GB SAS internal disks
2 x 300 GB SAS internal disks
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
Oracle Database 11g Release 2
PeopleTools 8.52
Oracle Tuxedo, Version, 64-bit, Patch Level 031

Web Tier Configuration:

1 x SPARC T4-2 server with
2 x SPARC T4 processors, 2.85 GHz
256 GB memory
2 x 300 GB SAS internal disks
1 x 300 GB internal SSD
1 x 100 GB internal SSD
Oracle Solaris 11 11/11
PeopleTools 8.52
Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.4
Java Platform, Standard Edition Development Kit 6 Update 32

Storage Configuration:

1 x Sun Server X2-4 as a COMSTAR head for data
4 x Intel Xeon X7550, 2.0 GHz
128 GB memory
1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (80 flash modules)
1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (40 flash modules)

1 x Sun Fire X4275 as a COMSTAR head for redo logs
12 x 2 TB SAS disks with Niwot Raid controller

Benchmark Description

This benchmark combines PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 HR Self Service online and PeopleSoft Payroll batch workloads to run on a unified database deployed on Oracle Database 11g Release 2.

The PeopleSoft HRSS benchmark kit is a Oracle standard benchmark kit run by all platform vendors to measure the performance. It's an OLTP benchmark where DB SQLs are moderately complex. The results are certified by Oracle and a white paper is published.

PeopleSoft HR SS 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 consist of 14 scenarios which emulate users performing typical HCM transactions such as viewing paycheck, promoting and hiring employees, updating employee profile and other typical HCM application transactions.

All these transactions are well-defined in the PeopleSoft HR Self-Service 9.1 benchmark kit. This benchmark metric is the weighted average response search/save time for all the transactions.

The PeopleSoft 9.1 Payroll (North America) benchmark demonstrates system performance for a range of processing volumes in a specific configuration. This workload represents large batch runs typical of a ERP environment during a mass update. The benchmark measures five application business process run times for a database representing large organization. They are Paysheet Creation, Payroll Calculation, Payroll Confirmation, Print Advice forms, and Create Direct Deposit File. The benchmark metric is the cumulative elapsed time taken to complete the Paysheet Creation, Payroll Calculation and Payroll Confirmation business application processes.

The benchmark metrics are taken for each respective benchmark while running simultaneously on the same database back-end. Specifically, the payroll batch processes are started when the online workload reaches steady state (the maximum number of online users) and overlap with online transactions for the duration of the steady state.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Two Oracle PeopleSoft Domain sets with 200 application servers each on a SPARC T4-4 server were hosted in 2 separate Oracle Solaris Zones to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application servers, ease of administration and performance tuning.

  • Each Oracle Solaris Zone was bound to a separate processor set, each containing 15 cores (total 120 threads). The default set (1 core from first and third processor socket, total 16 threads) was used for network and disk interrupt handling. This was done to improve performance by reducing memory access latency by using the physical memory closest to the processors and offload I/O interrupt handling to default set threads, freeing up cpu resources for Application Servers threads and balancing application workload across 240 threads.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Oracle's PeopleSoft HR and Payroll combined benchmark,, results 09/30/2012.


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