By Eric Bezille-Oracle on oct. 27, 2015
Beside the Cloud, the other big theme of the day was the launch of the M7 Servers and SuperCluster. To get a good view on why we are all so exited about it, I invite you to read the following article from Chuck Hollis: "The Amazing Oracle M7". As reflected in Mark Hurd's Keynote, even if it is about Cloud, it is also about efficiency, scalability and security that power both the Cloud and radical innovation that customers like GE have to undertake to differentiate themselves. And as Larry Ellison stated on his Sunday opening Keynote, the deeper and lower you manage to go, the greater efficiency. And it is exactly what we have done with "The Amazing Oracle M7".
We started this journey several years ago, and we are delivering it to you today. Yes, you can order it now, and being ship to you for Christmas or even before. The nice thing is that we are not the only one to be exited about it, ISVs and customers too... as I was able to see in several meetings I had today at Oracle Open World (if they read this blog, they will recognized themselves).
Not only did we focus on the usual chip design things, but the most important was to embed Software in Silicon.
Undertaking the Security challenges
Turn security on by default ! No compromise, for your Data at rest, on the wire AND in memory ! All going at hardware speed !
With the Oracle M7 Software in Silicon features, not only did we improved the cyphers algorithms to encrypt your data (transparently), we are also providing a completely unique capability to secure program memory access: Silicon Secured Memory. This feature locks the memory of a program at allocation time, providing a "key" (colored pointer) to the program that it will be the only one to match with its memory segment. So this is the end of Heartbleed or Venom like attacks. The nice thing about it, is that it also prevents from bad programming and improving code quality, which is becoming more and more complex especially when you are talking Big Data in-memory... the upcoming "new normal".
Undertaking the Efficiency Challenge
Of course all the improvements we did on core count, cache size, memory bandwidth... benefit out of the box to any applications. But here again we are embedding SQL in Silicon, that direct benefits to Oracle Database 12c in-memory Analytic by a factor of x10 at minimum: a customer during the Beta Program experienced a x83 gain running Oracle Database 12c in-memory on M7 vs. all Flash. We are even exploring to open the interface to other applications, and Spark on SPARC is running in the DEMOground at Oracle Open World providing a x6 time improvement, as stated by Ganesh Ramamurthy during his Keynote.
If you are not convince yet on the new efficiency, I invite you to read our published benchmarks today, not only on generic benchmarks, but also on real Enterprise benchmark and many area like In-Memory, Hadoop, NoSQL, Graph, Neural Network with R... Just pick the one you need and it should be here... Oh, and I forgot to mention, of course we did those benchmarks with Security turned on by default.