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PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2: SPARC M7-8 World Record

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

This result demonstrates how Oracle's SPARC M7-8 server using Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDoms) provides mission critical enterprise virtualization.

  • The virtualized two-chip, 1 TB LDom of the SPARC M7-8 server set a world record two-chip PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) 9.1 FP2 benchmark result, supporting 35,000 HR Self-Service online users with response times under one second, while simultaneously running the Payroll batch workload.

  • The virtualized two-chip LDom of the SPARC M7-8 server demonstrated 4 times better Search and 6 times better Save average response times running nearly double the number of online users along with payroll batch, compared to the ten-chip x86 solution from Cisco.

  • Using only a single chip in the virtualized two-chip LDom on the SPARC M7-8 server, the batch-only run demonstrated 1.8 times better throughput (payments/hour) compared to a four-chip Cisco UCSB460 M4 server.

  • Using only a single chip in the virtualized two-chip LDom on the SPARC M7-8 server, the batch-only run demonstrated 2.3 times better throughput (payments/hour) compared to a nine-chip IBM zEnterprise z196 server (EC 2817-709, 9-way, 8943 MIPS).

  • This record result demonstrates that a two SPARC M7 processor LDom (in SPARC M7-8), can run the same number of online users as a dynamic domain (PDom) of eight SPARC M6 processors (in SPARC M6-32), with better online response times, batch elapsed times and batch throughput (payments/hour).

  • The SPARC M7-8 server provides enterprise applications high availability and security, where each application is executed on its own environment independent of the others.

Performance Landscape

The first table presents the combined results, running both the PeopleSoft HR Self-Service Online and Payroll Batch tests concurrently.

PeopleSoft HR Self-Service Online And
Payroll Batch Using Oracle Database 11g
System
Processors
Chips
Used
Users Search/Save Batch Elapsed
Time
Batch Pay/Hr
SPARC M7-8
SPARC M7
LDom1 2 35,000 0.67 sec/0.42 sec 22.71 min 1,322,272
LDom2 2 35,000 0.85 sec/0.50 sec 22.96 min 1,307,875
SPARC M6-32
SPARC M6
8 35,000 1.80 sec/1.12 sec 29.2 min 1,029,440
Cisco 1 x B460 M4, 3 x B200 M3
Intel E7-4890 v2, Intel E5-2697 v2
10 18,000 2.70 sec/2.60 sec 21.70 min 1,383,816

The following results are running only the Peoplesoft HR Self-Service Online test.

PeopleSoft HR Self-Service Online
Using Oracle Database 11g
System
Processors
Chips
Used
Users Search/Save
Avg Response Times
SPARC M7-8
SPARC M7
LDom1 2 40,000 0.55 sec/0.33 sec
LDom2 2 40,000 0.56 sec/0.32 sec
SPARC M6-32
SPARC M6
8 40,000 2.73 sec/1.33 sec
Cisco 1 x B460 M4, 3 x B200 M3
Intel E7-4890 v2, Intel E5-2697 v2
10 20,000 0.35 sec/0.17 sec

The following results are running only the Peoplesoft Payroll Batch test.  For the SPARC M7-8 server results, only one of the processors was used per LDom. This was accomplished using processor sets to further restrict the test to a single SPARC M7 processor.

PeopleSoft
Payroll Batch Using Oracle Database 11g
System
Processors
Chips
Used
Batch Elapsed
Time
Batch Pay/Hr
SPARC M7-8
SPARC M7
LDom1 1 13.06 min 2,299,296
LDom2 1 12.85 min 2,336,872
SPARC M6-32
SPARC M6
2 18.27 min 1,643,612
Cisco UCS B460 M4
Intel E7-4890 v2
4 23.02 min 1,304,655
IBM z196
zEnterprise (5.2 GHz, 8943 MIPS)
9 30.50 min 984,551

Configuration Summary

System Under Test:

SPARC M7-8 server with
8 x SPARC M7 processor (4.13 GHz)
4 TB memory
Virtualized as two Oracle VM Server for SPARC (LDom) each with
2 x SPARC M7 processor (4.13 GHz)
1 TB memory

Storage Configuration:

2 x Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 appliance (DB Data) each with
40 x 300 GB 10K RPM SAS-2 HDD,
8 x Write Flash Accelerator SSD and
2 x Read Flash Accelerator SSD 1.6TB SAS
2 x Oracle Server X5-2L (DB redo logs & App object cache) each with
2 x Intel Xeon Processor E5-2630 v3
32 GB memory
4 x 1.6 TB NVMe SSD

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 11.3
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.3.0)
PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2
PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52.03
Oracle Java SE 6u32
Oracle Tuxedo, Version 10.3.0.0, 64-bit, Patch Level 043
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g (10.3.5)

Benchmark Description

The PeopleSoft Human Capital Management benchmark simulates thousands of online employees, managers and Human Resource administrators executing transactions typical of a Human Resources Self Service application for the Enterprise.  Typical transactions are: viewing paychecks, promoting and hiring employees, updating employee profiles, etc.  The database tier uses a database instance of about 500 GB in size, containing information for 500,480 employees.  The application tier for this test includes web and application server instances, specifically Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1 FP2 and Oracle Java SE 6u32.

Key Points and Best Practices

In the HR online along with Payroll batch run, each LDom had one Oracle Solaris Zone of 7 cores containing the Web tier, two Oracle Solaris Zones of 16 cores each containing the Application tier and one Oracle Solaris Zone of 23 cores containing the Database tier.  Two cores were dedicated to network and disk interrupt handling.  In the HR online only run, each LDom had one Oracle Solaris Zone of 12 cores containing the Web tier, two Oracle Solaris Zones of 18 cores each containing the Application tier and one Oracle Solaris Zone of 14 cores containing the Database tier. 2 cores were dedicated to network and disk interrupt handling.  In the Payroll batch only run, each LDom had one Oracle Solaris Zone of 31 cores containing the Database tier.  1 core was dedicated to disk interrupt handling.

All database data files, recovery files and Oracle Clusterware files for the PeopleSoft test were created with the Oracle Automatic Storage Management (Oracle ASM) volume manager for the added benefit of the ease of management provided by Oracle ASM integrated storage management solution.

In the application tier on each LDom, 5 PeopleSoft application domains with 350 application servers (70 per domain) were hosted in two separate Oracle Solaris Zones for a total of 10 domains with 700 application server processes.

All PeopleSoft Application processes and the 32 Web Server JVM instances were executed in the Oracle Solaris FX scheduler class.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

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 10/25/2015.

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