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Oracle Communications ASAP – Telco Subscriber Activation: SPARC T7-2 World Record

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

Oracle's SPARC T7-2 server delivered world record results on Oracle Communications ASAP. The SPARC T7-2 server ran Oracle Solaris 11 with Oracle Database 11g Release 2, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Communications ASAP version 7.2.

  • Running Oracle Communications ASAP, the SPARC T7-2 server delivered a world record result of 3,018 ASDLs/sec (atomic network activation actions).

  • Oracle's SPARC M7 processor delivered over 2.5 times the throughput per ASDL cost compared to the previous generation SPARC T5 processor.

  • The SPARC T7-2 server running a single instance of the Oracle Communications ASAP application, with both the application and database tiers consolidated onto a single machine, easily supported the service activation volumes of 3,018 ASDLs/sec which is representative of a typical mobile operator with more than 100 million subscribers.

  • Oracle Communications ASAP v7.2.0.4 delivered 35% higher throughput on the SPARC T7-2 server when compared to the SPARC T5-4 server.

Performance Landscape

All of the following results were run as part of this benchmark effort.

ASAP 7.2.0.4 Test Results – 16 NEP
Both tests used 1 cpu for App tier and 1 cpu for DB tier
System ASDLs/sec CPU Usage CPU Cost per ASDL Cost Improvement Ratio
SPARC T7-2 3,018.56 11.4% 1.10 2.6
SPARC T5-4 2,238.97 29.6% 2.15 1.0

CPU Cost per ASDL – computing cost per ASDL (smaller is better)
Cost Improvement Ratio – improvement per cpu of SPARC T7-2 to SPARC T5-4

Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T7-2 server
2 x SPARC M7 processors (4.13 GHz)
512 GB memory

SPARC T5-4 server
4 x SPARC T5 processors (3.6 GHz)
512 GB memory

Storage Configuration:

Pillar Axiom

Software Configuration:

Oracle Communications ASAP 7.2.0.4.1
Oracle Solaris 11.2
Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.1.0
Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.6.0
Oracle JDK 7 update 75

Benchmark Description

Oracle Communications ASAP provides a convergent service activation platform that automatically activates customer services in a heterogeneous network and IT environment. It supports the activation of consumer and business services in fixed and mobile domains against network and IT applications.

ASAP enables rapid service design and network technology introduction by means of its metadata-driven architecture, design-time configuration environment, and catalog of pre-built activation cartridges to reduce deployment time, cost, and risk. The application has been deployed for mobile (3G, 4G and M2M) services and fixed multi-play (broadband, voice, video, and IT) services in telecommunications, cable and satellite environments as well as for business voice, data, and IT cloud services.

It may be deployed in a fully integrated manner as part of the Oracle Communications Service Fulfillment solution or directly integrated with third- party upstream systems. Market-proven for high-volume performance and scalability, Oracle Communications ASAP is deployed by more than 75 service providers worldwide and activates services for approximately 250 million subscribers globally.

The throughput of ASAP is measured in atomic actions per second (or ASDLs/sec). An atomic action is a single command or operation that can be executed on a network element. Atomic actions are grouped together to form a common service action, where each service action typically relates to an orderable item, such as "GSM voice" or "voice mail" or "GSM data". One or more service actions are invoked by an order management system via an activation work order request.

The workload resembles a typical mobile order to activate a GSM subscriber. A single service action to add a subscriber consists of seven atomic actions where each atomic action executes a command on a network element. Each network element was serviced by a dedicated Network Element Processor (NEP). The ASAP benchmark can vary the number of NEPs, which correlate to the complexity of a Telco operator's environment.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2015, 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 25 October 2015.

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