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SAP Two-Tier Standard Sales and Distribution SD Benchmark: SPARC T7-2 World Record 2 Processors

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

Oracle's SPARC T7-2 server produces a world record result for 2-processors on the SAP two-tier Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 (2 chips / 64 cores / 512 threads).

  • The SPARC T7-2 server achieved 30,800 SAP SD benchmark users running the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark using SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0.

  • The SPARC T7-2 server achieved 1.9 times more users than the Dell PowerEdge R730 server result.

  • The SPARC T7-2 server achieved 1.5 times more users than the IBM Power System S824 server result.

  • The SPARC T7-2 server achieved 1.9 times more users than the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server result.

  • The SPARC T7-2 server result was run with Oracle Solaris 11 and used Oracle Database 12c.

Performance Landscape

SAP-SD 2-tier performance table in decreasing performance order for leading two-processor systems and four-processor IBM Power System S824 server, with SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 results (current version of the benchmark as of May, 2012).

SAP SD Two-Tier Benchmark
System
Processor
OS
Database
Users Resp Time
(sec)
Version Cert#
SPARC T7-2
2 x SPARC M7 (2x 32core)
Oracle Solaris 11
Oracle Database 12c
30,800 0.96 EHP5 2015050
IBM Power S824
4 x POWER8 (4x 6core)
AIX 7
DB2 10.5
21,212 0.98 EHP5 2014016
Dell PowerEdge R730
2 x Intel E5-2699 v3 (2x 18core)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
SAP ASE 16
16,500 0.99 EHP5 2014033
HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9
2 x Intel E5-2699 v3 (2x 18core)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5
SAP ASE 16
16,101 0.99 EHP5 2014032
Version – Version of SAP, EHP5 refers to SAP ERP 6.0 Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0
Number of cores presented are per chip, to get system totals, multiple by the number of chips.

Complete benchmark results may be found at the SAP benchmark website http://www.sap.com/benchmark.

Configuration Summary and Results

Database/Application Server:

1 x SPARC T7-2 server with
2 x SPARC M7 processors (4.13 GHz, total of 2 processors / 64 cores / 512 threads)
1 TB memory
Oracle Solaris 11.3
Oracle Database 12c

Database Storage:

3 x Sun Server X3-2L each with
2 x Intel Xeon Processors E5-2609 (2.4 GHz)

16 GB memory
4 x Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card
12 x 3 TB SAS disks
Oracle Solaris 11

REDO log Storage:

1 x Pillar FS-1 Flash Storage System, with
2 x FS1-2 Controller (Netra X3-2)
2 x FS1-2 Pilot (X4-2)
4 x DE2-24P Disk enclosure
96 x 300 GB 10000 RPM SAS Disk Drive Assembly

Certified Results (published by SAP)

Number of SAP SD benchmark users:   30,800
Average dialog response time:   0.96 seconds
Throughput:    
  Fully processed order line items per hour:   3,372,000
  Dialog steps per hour:   10,116,000
  SAPS:   168,600
Average database request time (dialog/update):   0.022 sec / 0.047 sec
SAP Certification:   2015050

Benchmark Description

The SAP Standard Application SD (Sales and Distribution) Benchmark is an ERP business test that is indicative of full business workloads of complete order processing and invoice processing, and demonstrates the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. The SAP Standard Application SD Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments.

SAP is one of the premier world-wide ERP application providers, and maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on the various SAP products.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 as of 10/23/15:

SPARC T7-2 (2 processors, 64 cores, 512 threads) 30,800 SAP SD users, 2 x 4.13 GHz SPARC M7, 1 TB memory, Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Solaris 11, Cert# 2015050.
IBM Power System S824 (4 processors, 24 cores, 192 threads) 21,212 SAP SD users, 4 x 3.52 GHz POWER8, 512 GB memory, DB2 10.5, AIX 7, Cert#2014016.
Dell PowerEdge R730 (2 processors, 36 cores, 72 threads) 16,500 SAP SD users, 2 x 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 256 GB memory, SAP ASE 16, RHEL 7, Cert#2014033.
HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 (2 processors, 36 cores, 72 threads) 16,101 SAP SD users, 2 x 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699  v3 256 GB memory, SAP ASE 16, RHEL 6.5, Cert#2014032.

SAP, R/3, reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries.  More info www.sap.com/benchmark

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Comments ( 4 )
  • martinfk Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    can you explain how T7(M7) beats IBM power or Xeon E5 in DB benchmark you posted above.

    for databases like Oracle, DB2 which are licenses based on cores, the sparc T7 results are not any near to Intel or Power in how many users can be sustained with a certain number of cores.

    T7: 64 cores= 30,800 users. 481 users/core

    Power8: 24 cores = 21,212 883 users/core

    Am I missing something here in your benchmark ?


  • Brian Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Even though the database is many times licensed by core (if you don't have a site license), the number of cores used by the database in this benchmark is small and is not reported, so concern of the database cost per core can't be calculated. Furthermore, the database cost per core for Oracle Database differs between hardware platforms.


  • martinfk Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    The T7 benchmark uses a total of 64 cores.

    power 8 uses 24 cores

    E5-2699 uses 36 cores

    Can you shed more light on what you mean by :

    "the number of cores used by the database in this benchmark is small and is not reported"

    The core factor for intel = 0.5 for Oracle DB

    Do you know if Core factor for M7 is published yet?


  • Brian Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    I do not know if the Oracle core factor has been published. I assume it will be shortly.

    The SAP SD 2-tier benchmark has many components. The database component runs on only a small number of cores (typically). Because the number of cores the database uses is not reported, cost per core for the database cannot be calculated.


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