Sun M9000 Fastest SAP 2-tier SD Benchmark on current SAP EP4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode)

The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server (64 processors, 256 cores, 512 threads) set a World Record on the SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server with 2.88 GHz SPARC64 VII processors achieved 32,000 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 server result is 8.6x 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 IBM 595 results on the current SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (unicode) Standard Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark. This benchmark has been current for almost a year. IBM p595 systems only have 8x more cores than the system than IBM system 550.

  • 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.

  • This new result is 1.84x times greater than the previous record result delivered on the Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 server which used 32 processors.

  • 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 1139642 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.

Performance Landscape SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Results (in decreasing performance)

(ERP 6.0 EP is the current version of the benchmark as of January 2009)

System OS
Database
Users SAP
ERP/ECC
Release
SAPS Date
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
64xSPARC 64 VII @2.88GHz
1152 GB
Solaris 10
Oracle10g
32,000 2009
6.0 EP4
(Unicode)
175,600 18-Nov-09
Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
32xSPARC 64 VII @2.88GHz
1024 GB
Solaris 10
Oracle10g
17,430 2009
6.0 EP4
(Unicode)
95,480 12-Oct-09
IBM System 550
4xPower6@5GHz
64 GB
AIX 6.1
DB2 9.5
3,752 2009
6.0 EP4
(Unicode)
20,520 16-Jun-09

Complete benchmark results may be found at the SAP benchmark website http://www.sap.com/benchmark.

Benchmark Description

The 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.

Results and Configuration Summary

Certified Result:

    Number of SAP SD benchmark users:
    32,000
    Average dialog response time:
    0.93 seconds
    Throughput:

    Fully processed order line items/hour:
    3,512,000

    Dialog steps/hour:
    10,536,000

    SAPS:
    175,600
    SAP Certification:
    2009046

Hardware Configuration:

    Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000
      64 x 2.88GHz SPARC64 VII, 1152 GB memory

Software Configuration:

    Solaris 10
    SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (unicode)
    Oracle10g

Disclosure Statement

Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) application benchmarks as of 11/18/09: Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (64 processors, 256 cores, 512 threads) 32,000 SAP SD Users, 64 x 2.88 GHz SPARC VII, 1152 GB memory, Oracle10g, Solaris10, Cert# 2009046. 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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