SAP 2-tier SD Benchmark on Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000/32 SPARC64 VII
By Hsiao-Ching Ting on Oct 13, 2009
World Record on 32-processor using SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark
The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (32 processors, 128 cores, 256 threads) set a World Record on 32-processor using SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark, as Oct. 12th, 2009.
The 32-way Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 with 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII+ processors achieved 17,430 users on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) application benchmark.
The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 result is 4.6x faster than the only IBM 5GHz Power6 unicode result, which was published on the IBM p550 using the new SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark.
IBM has not submitted any p595 results on the new SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark.
HP has not submitted any Itanium2 results on the new SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark.
In January 2009, a new version, the Two-tier SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark, was released. This new release has higher cpu requirements and so yields from 25-50% fewer users compared to the previous Two-tier SAP ERP 6.0 (non-unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark. 10-30% of this is due to the extra overhead from the processing of the larger character strings due to Unicode encoding. See this SAP Note for more details.
- Unicode is a computing standard that allows for the representation and manipulation of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems. Before the Unicode requirement, this benchmark used ASCII characters meaning each was just 1 byte. The new version of the benchmark requires Unicode characters and the Application layer (where ~90% of the cycles in this benchmark are spent) uses a new encoding, UTF-16, which uses 2 bytes to encode most characters (including all ASCII characters) and 4 bytes for some others. This requires computers to do more computation and use more bandwidth and storage for most character strings. Refer to the above SAP Note for more details.
SAP-SD 2-Tier Performance Table (in decreasing performance order).
SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) Results
(New version of the benchmark as of January 2009)
|Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
32xSPARC 64 VII @2.88GHz
|IBM System 550
Complete benchmark results may be found at the SAP benchmark website http://www.sap.com/benchmark.
Results and Configuration Summary
|Number of SAP SD benchmark users:||17,430|
|Average dialog response time:||0.95 seconds|
|Fully processed order line items/hour:||1,909,670|
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
32 x 2.88GHz SPARC64 VII, 1024 GB memory
6 x 6140 storage arrays
SAP ECC Release: 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode)
Benchmark DescriptionThe SAP Standard Application SD (Sales and Distribution) Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that is indicative of full business workloads of complete order processing and invoice processing, and demonstrates the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. The SAP Standard Application SD Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments.
SAP is one of the premier world-wide ERP application providers, and maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on the various SAP products.
Disclosure StatementTwo-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP ERP 6.0 2005/EP4 (Unicode) application benchmarks as of 10/12/09: Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (32 processors, 128 cores, 256 threads) 17,430 SAP SD Users, 32 x 2.88 GHz SPARC VII, 1024 GB memory, Oracle10g, Solaris10, Cert# 2009038. IBM System 550 (4 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) 3,752 SAP SD Users, 4x 5 GHz Power6, 64 GB memory, DB2 9.5, AIX 6.1, Cert# 2009023. Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (64 processors, 256 cores, 512 threads) 64 x 2.52 GHz SPARC64 VII, 1024GB memory, 39,100 SD benchmark users, 1.93 sec. avg. response time, Cert#2008042, Oracle 10g, Solaris 10, SAP ECC Release 6.0.
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