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Performance of Oracle Business Intelligence Benchmark on SPARC T4-4

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server configured with four SPARC T4 3.0 GHz processors delivered 25,000 concurrent users on Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (BI EE) 11g benchmark using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris 10.

  • A SPARC T4-4 server running Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g achieved 25,000 concurrent users with an average response time of 0.36 seconds with Oracle BI server cache set to ON.

  • The benchmark data clearly shows that the underlying hardware, SPARC T4 server, and the Oracle BI EE 11g ( 64-bit) platform scales within a single system supporting 25,000 concurrent users while executing 415 transactions/sec.

  • The benchmark demonstrated the scalability of Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g, which was deployed in a vertical scale-out fashion on a single SPARC T4-4 server.

  • Oracle Internet Directory configured on SPARC T4 server provided authentication for the 25,000 Oracle BI EE users with sub-second response time.

  • A SPARC T4-4 with internal Solid State Drive (SSD) using the ZFS file system showed significant I/O performance improvement over traditional disk for the Web Catalog activity. In addition, ZFS helped get past the UFS limitation of 32767 sub-directories in a Web Catalog directory.

  • The multi-threaded 64-bit Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g and SPARC T4-4 server proved to be a successful combination by providing sub-second response times for the end user transactions, consuming only half of the available CPU resources at 25,000 concurrent users, leaving plenty of head room for increased load.

  • The Oracle Business Intelligence on SPARC T4-4 server benchmark results demonstrate that comprehensive BI functionality built on a unified infrastructure with a unified business model yields best-in-class scalability, reliability and performance.

  • Oracle BI EE 11g is a newer version of Business Intelligence Suite with richer and superior functionality. Results produced with Oracle BI EE 11g benchmark are not comparable to results with Oracle BI EE 10g benchmark. Oracle BI EE 11g is a more difficult benchmark to run, exercising more features of Oracle BI.

Performance Landscape

Results for the Oracle BI EE 11g version of the benchmark. Results are not comparable to the Oracle BI EE 10g version of the benchmark.

Oracle BI EE 11g Benchmark
System Number of Users Response Time (sec)
1 x SPARC T4-4 (4 x SPARC T4 3.0 GHz) 25,000 0.36

Results for the Oracle BI EE 10g version of the benchmark. Results are not comparable to the Oracle BI EE 11g version of the benchmark.

Oracle BI EE 10g Benchmark
System Number of Users
2 x SPARC T5440 (4 x SPARC T2+ 1.6 GHz) 50,000
1 x SPARC T5440 (4 x SPARC T2+ 1.6 GHz) 28,000

Configuration Summary

Hardware Configuration:

SPARC T4-4 server
4 x SPARC T4-4 processors, 3.0 GHz
128 GB memory
4 x 300 GB internal SSD

Storage Configuration:

Sun ZFS Storage 7120
16 x 146 GB disks

Software Configuration:

Oracle Solaris 10 8/11
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.1
Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g (
Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5
Oracle Internet Directory
Oracle Database 11g Release 2

Benchmark Description

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI EE) delivers a robust set of reporting, ad-hoc query and analysis, OLAP, dashboard, and scorecard functionality with a rich end-user experience that includes visualization, collaboration, and more.

The Oracle BI EE benchmark test used five different business user roles: Marketing Executive, Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Sales Vice-President, and Service Manager. These roles included a maximum of 5 different pre-built dashboards. Each dashboard page had an average of 5 reports in the form of a mix of charts, tables and pivot tables, returning anywhere from 50 rows to approximately 500 rows of aggregated data. The test scenario also included drill-down into multiple levels from a table or chart within a dashboard.

The benchmark test scenario uses a typical business user sequence of dashboard navigation, report viewing, and drill down. For example, a Service Manager logs into the system and navigates to his own set of dashboards using Service Manager. The BI user selects the Service Effectiveness dashboard, which shows him four distinct reports, Service Request Trend, First Time Fix Rate, Activity Problem Areas, and Cost Per Completed Service Call spanning 2002 to 2005. The user then proceeds to view the Customer Satisfaction dashboard, which also contains a set of 4 related reports, drills down on some of the reports to see the detail data. The BI user continues to view more dashboards – Customer Satisfaction and Service Request Overview, for example. After navigating through those dashboards, the user logs out of the application. The benchmark test is executed against a full production version of the Oracle Business Intelligence 11g Applications with a fully populated underlying database schema. The business processes in the test scenario closely represent a real world customer scenario.

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Disclosure Statement

Copyright 2012, 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 30 September 2012.

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