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SPARC T5-2 Delivers World Record 2-Socket Application Server for SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark

Brian Whitney
Principal Software Engineer

Oracle's SPARC T5-2 servers have set the world record for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark using two-socket application servers with a result of 17,033.54 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.  The result used two SPARC T5-2 servers, one server for the application tier and the other server for the database tier.

  • The SPARC T5-2 server delivered 29% more performance compared to the 2-socket IBM PowerLinux server result of 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

  • The two SPARC T5-2 servers have 1.2x better price performance than the two IBM PowerLinux 7R2 POWER7+ processor-based servers (based on hardware plus software configuration costs for both tiers). The price performance of the SPARC T5-2 server is $35.99 compared to the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 at $44.75.

  • The SPARC T5-2 server demonstrated 1.5x more performance compared to Oracle's x86-based 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 system (Ivy Bridge) result of 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle holds the top x86 2-socket application server SPECjEnterprise2010 result.

  • This SPARC T5-2 server result represents the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier of 8,516.77 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS per socket.

  • The application server used Oracle Fusion Middleware components including the Oracle WebLogic 12.1 application server and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_45. The database server was configured with Oracle Database 12c Release 1.

  • This result demonstrated less than 1 second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and represents Jave EE 5.0 transactions generated by 139,000 users.

Performance Landscape

Select 2-socket single application server results.  Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website,SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.

SPECjEnterprise2010 Performance Chart
Submitter EjOPS* Java EE Server DB Server
Oracle 17,033.54 1 x SPARC T5-2
2 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2)
1 x SPARC T5-2
2 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
Oracle Database 12c (
IBM 13,161.07 1x IBM PowerLinux 7R2
2 x 4.2 GHz POWER 7+
WebSphere Application Server V8.5
1x IBM PowerLinux 7R2
2 x 4.2 GHz POWER 7+
IBM DB2 10.1 FP2
Oracle 11,259.88 1x Sun Server X4-2
2 x 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2
Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2)
1x Sun Server X4-2L
2 x 2.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2
Oracle Database 12c (

* SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (bigger is better)

Configuration Summary

Application Server:

1 x SPARC T5-2 server, with
2 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processors
512 GB memory
2 x 10 GbE dual-port NIC
Oracle Solaris 11.1 (
Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.2)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_45

Database Server:

1 x SPARC T5-2 server, with
2 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processors
512 GB memory
1 x 10 GbE dual-port NIC
2 x 8 Gb FC HBA
Oracle Solaris 11.1 (
Oracle Database 12c (

Storage Servers:

2 x Sun Server X4-2L (24-Drive), with
2 x 2.6 GHz Intel Xeon
64 GB memory
1 x 8 Gb FC HBA
4 x Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCI-E Cards
Oracle Solaris 11.1

Benchmark Description

SPECjEnterprise2010 is the third generation of the SPEC organization's J2EE end-to-end industry standard benchmark application. The new SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark has been re-designed and developed to cover the Java EE 5 specification's significantly expanded and simplified programming model, highlighting the major features used by developers in the industry today. This provides a real world workload driving the Application Server's implementation of the Java EE specification to its maximum potential and allowing maximum stressing of the underlying hardware and software systems,

  • The web zone, servlets, and web services
  • The EJB zone
  • JPA 1.0 Persistence Model
  • JMS and Message Driven Beans
  • Transaction management
  • Database connectivity

Moreover, SPECjEnterprise2010 also heavily exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the application environment, including hardware, JVM software, database software, JDBC drivers, and the system network.

The primary metric of the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is jEnterprise Operations Per Second (SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS). The primary metric for the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark is calculated by adding the metrics of the Dealership Management Application in the Dealer Domain and the Manufacturing Application in the Manufacturing Domain. There is NO price/performance metric in this benchmark.

Key Points and Best Practices

  • Two Oracle WebLogic server instances on the SPARC T5-2 server were hosted in 2 separate Oracle Solaris Zones.
  • The Oracle WebLogic application servers were executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by  reducing the frequency of context switches.
  • The Oracle log writer process was run in the RT scheduling class.

See Also

Disclosure Statement

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 1/22/2014.  SPARC T5-2, 17,033.54 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; Sun Server X4-2, 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

The SPARC T5-2 configuration cost is the total application and database server hardware plus software. List price is $613,052 from http://www.oracle.com as of 1/22/2014. The IBM PowerLinux 7R2 configuration total hardware plus software list price is $588,970 based on public pricing from http://www.ibm.com as of 1/22/2014. Pricing does not include database storage hardware for IBM or Oracle.

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