SPARC T5-8 Delivers World Record Single Server SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark, Utilizes Virtualized Environment

Oracle produced a world record single-server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 36,571.36 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using one of Oracle's SPARC T5-8 servers for both the application and the database tier. Oracle VM Server for SPARC was used to virtualize the system to achieve this result.

  • The 8-chip SPARC T5 processor based server is 3.3x faster than the 8-chip IBM Power 780 server (POWER7+ processor based).

  • The SPARC T5-8 has 4.4x better price performance than the IBM Power 780, a POWER7+ processor based server (based on hardware plus software configuration costs). The price performance of the SPARC T5-8 server is $40.68 compared to the IBM Power 780 at $177.41. The IBM Power 780, POWER7+ based system has 1.2x better performance per core, but this did not reduce the total software and hardware cost to the customer. As shown by this comparison, performance-per-core is a poor predictor of characteristics relevant to customers. The SPARC T5-8 virtualized price performance was also less than the low-end IBM PowerLinux 7R2 at $62.26.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server ran the Oracle Solaris 11.1 operating system and used Oracle VM Server for SPARC to consolidate ten Oracle WebLogic application server instances and one database server instance to achieve this result.

  • This result demonstrated sub-second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and represents JEE 5.0 transactions generated by 299,000 users.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server requires only 8 rack units, the same as the space of the IBM Power 780. In this configuration IBM has a hardware core density of 4 cores per rack unit which contrasts with the 16 cores per rack unit for the SPARC T5-8 server. This again demonstrates why performance-per-core is a poor predictor of characteristics relevant to customers.

  • The application server used Oracle Fusion Middleware components including the Oracle WebLogic 12.1 application server and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_25. The database server was configured with Oracle Database 12c Release 1.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server is 2.8x faster than a non-virtualized IBM POWER7+ based server result (one server for application and one server for database), the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 achieved 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

Performance Landscape

SPECjEnterprise2010 Performance Chart
Only Three Virtualized Results (App+DB on 1 Server) as of 9/23/2013
Submitter EjOPS* Chips per Server Java EE Server & DB Server
App DB
Oracle 36,571.36 5 3 1 x SPARC T5-8
8 chips, 128 cores, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2)
Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1)
Oracle 27,843.57 4 4 1 x SPARC T5-8
8 chips, 128 cores, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.1)
Oracle Database 11g (11.2.0.3)
IBM 10,902.30 4 4 1 x IBM Power 780
8 chips, 32 cores, 4.42 GHz POWER7+
WebSphere Application Server V8.5
IBM DB2 Universal Database 10.1

* SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (bigger is better)

Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.

Configuration Summary

Oracle Summary

Application and Database Server:

1 x SPARC T5-8 server, with
8 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processors
2 TB memory
9 x 10 GbE dual-port NIC
6 x 8 Gb dual-port HBA
Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU 10.5
Oracle VM Server for SPARC
Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.2)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_25
Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1)

Storage Servers:

6 x Sun Server X3-2L (12-Drive), with
2 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon
16 GB memory
1 x 8 Gb FC HBA
4 x Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCI-E Card
Oracle Solaris 11.1

2 x Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array
12 x 600 GB 15K RPM SAS HDD

Switch Hardware:

1 x Sun Network 10 GbE 72-port Top of Rack (ToR) Switch

IBM Summary

Application and Database Server:

1 x IBM Power 780 server, with
8 x 4.42 GHz POWER7+ processors
786 GB memory
6 x 10 GbE dual-port NIC
3 x 8 Gb four-port HBA
IBM AIX V7.1 TL2
IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.5
IBM J9 VM (build 2.6, JRE 1.7.0 IBM J9 AIX ppc-32)
IBM DB2 10.1
IBM InfoSphere Optim pureQuery Runtime v3.1.1

Storage:

2 x DS5324 Disk System with
48 x 146 GB 15K E-DDM Disks

1 x v7000 Disk Controller with
16 x 400 GB SSD Disks

Benchmark Description

SPECjEnterprise2010 is the third generation of the SPEC organization's J2EE end-to-end industry standard benchmark application. The new SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark has been re-designed and developed to cover the Java EE 5 specification's significantly expanded and simplified programming model, highlighting the major features used by developers in the industry today. This provides a real world workload driving the Application Server's implementation of the Java EE specification to its maximum potential and allowing maximum stressing of the underlying hardware and software systems,
  • The web zone, servlets, and web services
  • The EJB zone
  • JPA 1.0 Persistence Model
  • JMS and Message Driven Beans
  • Transaction management
  • Database connectivity
Moreover, SPECjEnterprise2010 also heavily exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the application environment, including hardware, JVM software, database software, JDBC drivers, and the system network.

The primary metric of the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is jEnterprise Operations Per Second (SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS). The primary metric for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is calculated by adding the metrics of the Dealership Management Application in the Dealer Domain and the Manufacturing Application in the Manufacturing Domain. There is NO price/performance metric in this benchmark.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Ten Oracle WebLogic server instances on the SPARC T5-8 server were hosted in 10 separate Oracle Solaris Zones within a separate guest domain on 80 cores (5 cpu chips).
  • The database ran in a separate guest domain consisting of 47 cores (3 cpu chips). One core was reserved for the primary domain.
  • The Oracle WebLogic application servers were executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • The Oracle log writer process was run in the FX scheduling class at processor priority 60 to use the Critical Thread feature.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 9/23/2013. SPARC T5-8, 36,571.36 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (using Oracle VM for SPARC and 5+3 split); SPARC T5-8, 27,843.57 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (using Oracle Zones and 4+4 split); IBM Power 780, 10,902.30 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. SPARC T5-8 server total hardware plus software list price is $1,487,792 from http://www.oracle.com as of 9/20/2013. IBM Power 780 server total hardware plus software cost of $1,934,162 based on public pricing from http://www.ibm.com as of 5/22/2013. IBM PowerLinux 7R2 server total hardware plus software cost of $819,451 based on whywebsphere.com/2013/04/29/weblogic-12c-on-oracle-sparc-t5-8-delivers-half-the-transactions-per-core-at-double-the-cost-of-the-websphere-on-ibm-power7/ retrieved 9/20/2013.

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