catching up: Solaris IB in Supercluster

In December 2010, Oracle announced SPARC Supercluster with some new record setting benchmark results. Supercluster was also mentioned in a press release about the overall refresh of the SPARC product line. So what is a "Supercluster"?

Supercluster is listed under "Oracle Optimized Solutions" on the website with a datasheet for the T3-2 version and an overall FAQ. These solutions are for running Oracle Databases and other applications using SPARC machines (so far M5000, T3-2 and T3-4 are mentioned), Solaris, InfiniBand, FlashFire (flash cache) and ZFS Storage Appliances. The T3-2 datasheet mentions using using Solaris 10 9/10 (Update 9) or update 8 with patches and the 7420 ZFS Storage Appliance with InfiniBand.

So with this solution, Solaris 10 InfiniBand on SPARC is being used. Plus, under the covers Solaris IB is also being used in the ZFS Storage appliance.

As always, this blog should only be regarded as my personal opinion. If some official statement contradicts me, I am probably wrong.

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