SPARC T5-8 Produces TPC-C Benchmark Single-System World Record Performance

Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server equipped with eight 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processors obtained a result of 8,552,523 tpmC on the TPC-C benchmark. This result is a world record for single servers. Oracle demonstrated this world record database performance running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivered a single system TPC-C world record of 8,552,523 tpmC with a price performance of $0.55/tpmC using Oracle Database 11g Release 2. This configuration is available 09/25/13.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server has 2.8x times better performance than the 4-processor IBM x3850 X5 system equipped with Intel Xeon processors.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivers 1.7x the performance compared to the next best eight processor result.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivers 2.4x the performance per chip compared to the IBM Power 780 3-node cluster result.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivers 1.8x the performance per chip compared to the IBM Power 780 non-clustered result.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivers 1.4x the performance per chip compared to the IBM Flex x240 Xeon result.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server delivers 1.7x the performance per chip compared to the Sun Server X2-8 system equipped with Intel Xeon processors.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server demonstrated over 3.1 Million 4KB IOP/sec with 76% idle, in a separate IO intensive workload, demonstrating its ability process a large IO workload with lots of processing headroom.

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

  • The Oracle solution utilized Oracle Solaris 11.1 with Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition with Partitioning and demonstrates stability and performance with this highly secure operating environment to produce the world record TPC-C benchmark performance.

Performance Landscape

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

System p/c/t tpmC Price
/tpmC
Avail Database Memory
Size
IBM Power 780 Cluster 24/192/768 10,366,254 1.38 USD 10/13/2010 IBM DB2 9.7 6 TB
SPARC T5-8 8/128/1024 8,552,523 0.55 USD 9/25/2013 Oracle 11g R2 4 TB
IBM Power 595 32/64/128 6,085,166 2.81 USD 12/10/2008 IBM DB2 9.5 4 TB
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 IBM DB2 9.7 3 TB
IBM Flex x240 2/16/32 1,503,544 0.53 USD 8/16/2012 IBM DB2 9.7 768 GB
IBM Power 780 2/8/32 1,200,011 0.69 USD 10/13/2010 IBM DB2 9.5 512 GB

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
IBM Power 780 Cluster 10,366,254 2.100 1.137
SPARC T5-8 8,552,523 0.410 0.234
IBM Power 595 6,085,166 1.690 1.220
IBM Power 780 1,200,011 0.694 0.403

Oracle uses Response Time New Order Average and Response Time New Order 90th% for comparison between Oracle and IBM.

Graphs of Oracle's and IBM's Response Time New Order Average and Response Time New Order 90th% can be found in the full disclosure reports on TPC's website TPC-C Official Result Page.

Configuration Summary and Results

Hardware Configuration:

Server
SPARC T5-8
8 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
4 TB memory
2 x 600 GB 10K RPM SAS2 internal disks
12 x 8 Gbs FC HBA

Data Storage
54 x Sun Server X3-2L systems configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
2 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2609 processors
16 GB memory
4 x Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Cards (400 GB each)
12 x 3 TB 7.2K RPM 3.5" SAS disks
2 x 600 GB 10K RPM SAS2 disks
2 x Brocade 6510 switches

Redo Storage
2 x Sun Server X3-2L systems configured as COMSTAR heads, each with
2 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2609 processors
16 GB memory
12 x 3 TB 7.2K RPM 3.5" SAS disks
2 x 600 GB 10K RPM SAS2 disks

Clients
16 x Sun Server X3-2 servers, each with
2 x 2.9 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors
64 GB memory
2 x 600 GB 10K RPM SAS2 disks

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU 4.5 (for SPARC T5-8)
Oracle Solaris 11.1 (for COMSTAR systems)
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning
Oracle iPlanet Web Server 7.0 U5
Oracle Tuxedo CFS-R

Results:

System: SPARC T5-8
tpmC: 8,552,523
Price/tpmC: 0.55 USD
Available: 9/25/2013
Database: Oracle Database 11g
Cluster: no
Response Time New Order Average: 0.234 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). SPARC T5-8 (8/128/1024) with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning, 8,552,523 tpmC, $0.55 USD/tpmC, available 9/25/2013. IBM Power 780 Cluster (24/192/768) with DB2 ESE 9.7, 10,366,254 tpmC, $1.38 USD/tpmC, available 10/13/2010. 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 Flex x240 (2/16/32) with DB2 ESE 9.7, 1,503,544 tpmC, $0.53 USD/tpmC, available 8/16/2012. IBM Power 780 (2/8/32) with IBM DB2 9.5, 1,200,011 tpmC, $0.69 USD/tpmC, available 10/13/2010. Source: http://www.tpc.org/tpcc, results as of 3/26/2013.

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