The Screaming Men of Finland and Oracle SPARC Chips

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In response to the release of Oracle's SPARC T5 and M5 chips, which are dramatically faster than those of IBM, IBM responded by saying that speed was not as important as other qualities. Forbes begged to differ:

Forbes Article: For Big Data Customers, Top Performance Means High Speed And Low Cost

Assuming you agree, you'll be interested in some dyno runs of not only our SPARC chips, but also our applications running on them. Did I say dyno runs? I'm sorry, I meant benchmarks.

World's Fastest Database Server

Oracle’s new SPARC mid-range server running Oracle Solaris is the fastest single server for Oracle Database:

  • Oracle’s SPARC T5-8 is the fastest single server for Oracle Database
  • Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server has a 7x price advantage over a similar IBM Power 780 configuration for database on a server-to-server basis.
See Benchmarks Results Here
Why Oracle Database runs best on Solaris

World's Fastest Server for Java

As you might expect, Java runs fastest on Oracle servers.

SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark World Record Performance
SPECjbb2013 Benchmark World Record Result
Why Solaris is the best platform for Enterprise Java

Optimizations to Oracle Solaris Studio COmpilers

The latest release of Oracle Solaris Studio includes optimizations for the new SPARC chips in its compilers. Larry Wake has more:

Blog: Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance - Part I

I'll Optimize Yours If You Optimize Mine

Since the Solaris and SPARC engineers get along so well, they have each optimized their technologies for each other:

SPARC Optimizations for Oracle Solaris
Oracle Solaris Optimizations for SPARC

Happy Burnouts.

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Comments:

Dyno runs? Where would you get that idea from?!? LOL!!! I guess it helped Rick ;-)

Posted by Pierre Reynes on April 07, 2013 at 08:36 AM MDT #

Well, Oracle's SPARC T5-8 system is really faster then IBM's one according to TPC-C... It is faster then previous IBM's system became available five years ago - at 2008.

Posted by Andriy on April 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM MDT #

@Pierre: Yes, it certainly did, Pierre. I now have a new appreciation for hardware benchmarks. Thanks to you. :-)

Posted by guest on April 09, 2013 at 05:25 PM MDT #

@Andriy: T5-8 by TPC-C numbers is better than *any* single system IBM has produced. Perhaps if IBM had significantly faster systems, this might actually tempt them to announce their TPC-C numbers on that system.
And what does it say about IBM that it hasnt produced a faster system in 5 years; which is a greater sin? :-)

Posted by Vijay Tatkar on April 15, 2013 at 04:52 PM MDT #

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