Monday Oct 24, 2011

"The Sun also rises"

The resurgence of SPARC in its new T4 incarnation, and more importantly, as the heart of the latest engineered machine from Oracle - The SPARC SuperCluster - has amazed most people who have attempted to run an application benchmark on it. While you might think that most companies like Oracle and IBM have folks who specialize in tuning benchmarks right before a product launch - and you would be right in that thinking - I am talking about mere mortals like me and my team who are just shocked - pleasantly - at what the T4 can do, and what engineering various components together can do. I know a bunch of our financial services applications which are transactional in nature, and need wide pipes to storage will do screamingly well with the SuperCluster.

4 server chassis, each with 4 T4 sockets, each with 8 cores, each with 8 threads clocking at 3.0GHz. QDR IB connection to the 7320 NAS storage, QDR IB connection to multiple Exadata Storage nodes for 11gR2, and multiple 10GbE connections to the outside world. Yummy.

Stay tuned for some real world benchmarks soon.

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