Monday Jan 25, 2010

Sun/Solaris Leadership in SAP SD Benchmarks and HP claims

COMMENTS ON  SIGNIFICANT SAP SD 2 Tier RESULTS and HP MISLEADING CLAIMS:

HP is making claims of "leadership" in the  Two-Tier SAP SD benchmark by carefully fencing the claims, based on the OS (Linux & Windows),  and conveniently omitting the actual leading results from Sun on Solaris.

HP's claims: ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/c-products/servers/benchmarks/HP_ProLiant_785_585_385_SAP_perf_brief_121009.pdf

It is worthwhile to take a closer look at the results and the real leadership of Sun and Solaris in this SAP benchmark. All the SAP SD Two-Tier results discussed here can be seen at: http://www.sap.com/solutions/benchmark/sd2tier.epx  All results here use the latest version of SAP Enhancement Package 4  for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode).

Here is a summary of the HP claims and the counterpoints showing Sun and Solaris real leadership in performance and scalability.

HP claims the #1 position for 8-Processor, 4-Processor and 2-processor servers as follows;

  • 8-processor:  yes, but on Windows (8,280 SAP SD Benchmark users) and on Linux (8,022 SAP SD Benchmark users) with the HP Proliant DL785 G6 (8x 2.8GHz Opteron 8439 SE).
  • Formally correct statements however HP fails to mention Sun actual  #1 8-processor Overall record result by far, using Solaris at 10,000 SAP SD Benchmark users on a Sun Fire X4640 with eight 2.6GHz Opteron 8435, leading by more than 20% with lower clock speed!
  • 4-processor:  yes, but on Linux (4,370 SAP SD Benchmark users,  using the HP Proliant DL585 G6, 4x 2.8GHz AMD Opteron SE).
  • Again, formally correct statement however, HP fails to mention that Sun holds the 4-processor Overall record result using Solaris at 4,720 SAP SD Benchmark users, obtained on a Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 with four 1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus.
  • 2-processor: Similarly HP claims the #1 and #2 rankings, but on Linux (3,171 SAP SD Benchmark users, HP Proliant DL380 G6, 2x 2.93GHz Xeon X5570) and (2,315 SAP SD Benchmark users, HP Proliant DL385 G6, 2x 2.6GHz Opteron 2435).
  • Again, HP omits the fact that Sun holds the  #1 2-Processor Overall  record result on Solaris at 3,800 SAP SD Benchmark users  obtained on a Sun Fire X4270 with 2x 2.93GHz Xeon X5570. A 20% and 64% Sun leading result!

The only conclusion is that that Sun Servers running Solaris have real Leadership in the SAP SD Two-Tier Benchmark. This fact is not only confirmed for the 2- to 8-processor servers but also at the high end where the Sun M9000 with Solaris leads with the World Record Overall for this benchmark, showing real record performance and top vertical scalability.

More details on the World Record Sun M9000 SAP SD 2-Tier results at BestPerf blog: http://blogs.sun.com/BestPerf/entry/sun_m9000_fastest_sap_2

SAP Benchmark Disclosure statement

Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) application benchmarks as of Jan 22, 2010: 

Cert# Benchmark Server Users SAPS Procs Cores Thrds CPU CPU MHz Mem (MB) Operating System RDBMS Release
2009046 Sun SPARC M9000 32000 175600 64 256 512 SPARC64 VII 2880 1179648 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009049 Sun Fire X4640 10000 55070 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8435 2600 262144 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009052 HP ProL DL785 G6 8022 43800 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 131072 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009035 HP ProL DL785 G6 8280 45350 8 48 48 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 131072 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009026 Sun SPARC T5440 4720 25830 4 32 256 UltraSPARC T2Plus 1600 262144 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009025 HP ProL DL585 G6 4665 25530 4 24 24 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 65536 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009051 HP ProL DL585 G6 4370 23850 4 24 24 AMD Opt 8439SE 2800 65536 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009033 Sun Fire X4270 3800 21000 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 Solaris 10 Oracle 10g
2009004 HP ProL DL380 G6 3300 18030 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 Windows 2008-EE SQL Server 2008
2009006 HP ProL DL380 G6 3171 17380 2 8 16 Intel Xeon X5570 2930 49152 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8
2009050 HP ProL DL385 G6 2315 12650 2 12 12 AMD Opt 2435 2600 49152 SuSE Linux ES10 MaxDB 7.8

SAP, R/3, reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark

Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 and Sun Storage F5100 World Record Performance

The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server combined with Sun FlashFire technology, the Sun Storage F5100 flash array, has produced World Record Performance on PeopleSoft Payroll (North America) 9.0 benchmark.

  • A Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with four new 2.53GHz SPARC64 VII processors and a Sun Storage F5100 flash array is 33% faster than the HP rx6600 (4 x 1.6GHz Itanium2 processors) on the PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) 9.0 benchmark. The Sun solution used the Oracle 11g database running on Solaris 10.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with four 2.53GHz SPARC64 VII processors and the Sun Storage F5100 flash array is 35% faster than the 2027 MIPs IBM Z990 (6 Z990 Gen1 processors) on the PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) 9.0 benchmark with Oracle 11g database running on Solaris 10. The IBM result used IBM DB2 for Z/OS 8.1 for the database.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with four 2.53GHz SPARC64 VII processors and a Sun Storage F5100 flash array processed 250K employee payroll checks using PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) 9.0 and Oracle 11g running on Solaris 10. Four different execution strategies were run with an average improvement of 25% compared to HP's results run on the rx6600. Sun achieved these results with 8 concurrent jobs using only 25% CPU utilization while HP required 16 concurrent jobs with a 88% CPU utilization.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server combined with Sun FlashFire technology processed 8 Sequential Jobs and single run control with a total time of 527.85 mins, an improvement of 20% compared to HPs time of 633.09 mins.

  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server combined with Sun FlashFire technology demonstrated a speedup of 81% going from 1 to 8 streams on the PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) 9.0 benchmark using the Oracle 11g database.

  • The Sun FlashFire technology dramatically improves IO performance for the PeopleSoft Payroll benchmark with significant performance boost over best optimized FC disks (60+).

  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is a high performance high density solid state flash array which provides a read latency of only 0.5 msec which is about 10 times faster than the normal disk latencies 5 msec measured on this benchmark.

  • Sun estimates that the MIPS rating for a Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server is over 2742 MIPS.

Performance Landscape

250K Employees

System Processor OS/Database Time in Minutes Version
Run 1 Run 2 Run 3
Sun M4000 4x 2.53GHz SPARC64 VII Solaris/Oracle 11g 79.35 288.47 527.85 9.0
HP rx6600 4x 1.6GHz Itanium2 HP-UX/Oracle 11g 81.17 350.16 633.25 9.0
IBM Z990 6x Gen1 2027 MIPS Z/OS /DB2 107.34 328.66 544.80 9.0
HP rx6600 4x 1.6GHz Itanium2 HP-UX/Oracle 11g 105.70 369.59 633.09 9.0

Note: IBM benchmark documents show that 6 Gen1 procs is 2027 mips. 13 Gen1 processors were in this config but only 6 were available for testing.

500K Employees

System Processor OS/Database Time in Minutes Version
Run 1 Run 2 Run 3
HP rx7640 8x 1.6GHz Itanium2 HP-UX/Oracle 11g 133.63 712.72 1665.01 9.0

Results and Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

    1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 (4 x 2.53 GHz/32GB)
    1 x Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array (40 x 24GB FMODs)
    1 x Sun Storage J4200 (12 x 450GB SAS 15K RPM)

Software Configuration:

    Solaris 10 5/09
    Oracle PeopleSoft HCM 9.0
    Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise (PeopleTools) 8.49
    Micro Focus Server Express 4.0 SP4
    Oracle RDBMS 11.1.0.7 64-bit
    HP's Mercury Interactive QuickTest Professional 9.0

Benchmark Description

The PeopleSoft 9.0 Payroll (North America) benchmark is a performance benchmark established by PeopleSoft to demonstrate system performance for a range of processing volumes in a specific configuration. This information may be used to determine the software, hardware, and network configurations necessary to support processing volumes. This workload represents large batch runs typical of OLTP workloads during a mass update.

To measure five application business process run times for a database representing large organization. The five processes are:

  • Paysheet Creation: generates payroll data worksheet for employees, consisting of std payroll information for each employee for given pay cycle.

  • Payroll Calculation: Looks at Paysheets and calculates checks for those employees.

  • Payroll Confirmation: Takes information generated by Payroll Calculation and updates the employees' balances with the calculated amounts.

  • Print Advice forms: The process takes the information generated by payroll Calculations and Confirmation and produces an Advice for each employee to report Earnings, Taxes, Deduction, etc.

  • Create Direct Deposit File: The process takes information generated by above processes and produces an electronic transmittal file use to transfer payroll funds directly into an employee bank a/c.

For the benchmark, we collect at least four data points with different number of job streams (parallel jobs). This batch benchmark allows a maximum of eight job streams to be configured to run in parallel.

Key Points and Best Practices

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll (NA) 9.0 benchmark, Sun M4000 (4 2.53GHz SPARC64) 79.35 min, IBM Z990 (6 gen1) 107.34 min, HP rx6600 (4 1.6GHz Itanium2) 105.70 min, www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark/html/white-papers-peoplesoft.html Results 10/13/2009.
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