Tuesday Sep 21, 2010

SPARC T3 Servers Deliver Top Performance on Oracle Communications Order and Service Management

A combination of Oracle's SPARC T3-1 and SPARC T3-2 servers running the Oracle Communications Order and Service Management application delivered world record performance with spare capacity for growth.

  • The Oracle Communications Order and Service Management application achieves a 2.4x performance boost using the combination of the SPARC T3-1 server running the WebLogic 11g application and the SPARC T3-2 server running Oracle database 11g Release 2 compared to a solution using three Dell servers (two Dell PowerEdge R610 and one Dell PowerEdge 2950).

  • Using Oracle's T-series based system solution for the application and database tiers reduces the space requirements by half compared to the equivalent Dell solution.

Performance Landscape

Configuration

Tasks per second
(tps)
App tier: 1 x SPARC T3-1 (1 x SPARC T3, 1.65 GHz), WebLogic Server 10.3.1
DB tier: 1 x SPARC T3-2 (2 x SPARC T3, 1.65 GHz), Oracle 11gR2 (11.2.0.1.0)
1392
App tier: 1 x Sun T5440 (4 x UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 1.6 GHz), WebLogic Server 10.3.1
DB tier: 1 x Sun T5440 (4 x UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 1.6 GHz), Oracle 11gR2 (11.2.0.1.0)
1200
App tier: 2 x Dell PowerEdge R610 (2 x E5530, 2.4 GHz), WebLogic 10.3.1.0
DB tier: 1 x Dell PowerEdge 2950 (2 x X5460, 3.16 GHz), Oracle DB 11gR1 (11.1.0.7.0)
572

Results and Configuration Summary

Application Tier:

1 x SPARC T3-1 server
1 x SPARC T3 processor (1.65GHz)
64 GB memory
Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0.2
Oracle WebLogic 11g Middleware
Oracle Solaris 10 9/10

Database Tier:

1 x SPARC T3-2 server
2 x SPARC T3 processors (1.65GHz)
128 GB memory
1 x Sun Storage 6180 array
2 x CSM200 expansion trays
48 x 280 GB FC 15k rpm disk drivers
Oracle 11gR2 database
Oracle Solaris 10 9/10

Benchmark Description

Oracle Communications Order and Service Management is an application from the Oracle Communications Global Business Unit (CGBU) that allows Telco to handle service orders across network services and domains. It is a key component of the operations support system (OSS) suite and one suitable for T-Series servers. The key metric is tasks per second (tps) demonstrating the ability to handle a large number of orders.

The benchmark was developed by the Oracle Communications Order and Service Management (OSM) team. Results have not been shared externally and are mostly being used for sizing purposes. This particular workload, known as the "Classic" model, simulates local fulfillment of OSM orders. An order is a unit of work that separates out into a varying number of tasks. The amount of completed tasks per second forms the basis of the metric. In a typical deployment scenario, OSM takes its input from the CRM system (e.g. Siebel), breaks down the order into a set of tasks, and channels these tasks into the service activation system of a Telco operator.

The workload stresses the database backend with a lighter load on the application tier. As a guideline, a well-balanced design specifies 2-3x the compute power on the database tier over the application tier.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • The average server utilization for the database server (SPARC T3-2) was 70%. The average server utilization for the application server (SPARC T3-1) was 50%.

  • The SPARC T3-2 and SPARC T3-1 servers require a total of 5U rack space. The Dell solution required a total of 4U rack space. Including in the difference in performance, the Oracle T-series solution provides much better space/performance solution (much more performance in similar space).

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Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Results as of 9/20/2010.

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