SPARC T5-8 Delivers Best Single System SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark running WebLogic 12c

SPARC T5-8 ServerOracle produced a world record single-server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 27,843.57 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using one of Oracle's SPARC T5-8 servers for both the application and the database tier.

  • The SPARC T5-8 server ran the Oracle Solaris 11.1 operating system and used Oracle Solaris Zones to consolidate eight Oracle WebLogic application server instances and one database server instance to achieve this result. The IBM system used LPARS and AIX V7.1.
  • This result demonstrated less than 1 second average response times for all SPECjEnterprise2010 transactions and represents JEE 5.0 transactions generated by 227,500 users.
  • 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_15. The database server was configured with Oracle Database 11g Release 2.
  • The 8-chip SPARC T5 processor based server is 2.6x faster than the 8-chip IBM POWER7+ processor based server.

Performance Landscape

Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.

SPECjEnterprise2010 Performance Chart
Only Two Virtualized Results (App+DB on 1 Server) as of 5/1/2013

Submitter
EjOPS*
Java EE Server & DB Server

Oracle
27,843.57
1 x SPARC T5-8
8 chips, 128 cores, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5
Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.1)
Oracle Database 11g (11.2.0.3)

IBM
10,902.30
1 x IBM Power 780
8 chips, 32 cores, 4.42 GHz POWER7+
WebSphere Application Server V8.5
IBM DB2 Universal Database 10.1

* SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (bigger is better)

Configuration Summary(Oracle Summary)

Application and Database Server:

  • 1 x SPARC T5-8 server, with
  • 8 x 3.6 GHz SPARC T5 processors
  • 2 TB memory
  • 5 x 10 GbE dual-port NIC
  • 6 x 8 Gb dual-port HBA
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1 SRU 4.5
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.1)
  • Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM on Solaris, version 1.7.0_15
  • Oracle Database 11g (11.2.0.3)

Storage Servers:

  • 6 x Sun Server X3-2L (12-Drive), with
  • 2 x 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon
  • 16 GB memory
  • 1 x 8 Gb FC HBA
  • 4 x Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCI-E Card
  • Oracle Solaris 11.1
  • 2 x Sun Storage 2540-M2 Array
  • 12 x 600 GB 15K RPM SAS HDD

Switch Hardware:

  • 1 x Sun Network 10 GbE 72-port Top of Rack (ToR) Switch

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

  • Eight Oracle WebLogic server instances on the SPARC T5-8 server were hosted in 8 separate Oracle Solaris Zones to demonstrate consolidation of multiple application servers. The 8 zones were bound to 4 resource pools using 64 cores (4 cpu chips).
  • The Oracle WebLogic application servers were executed in the FX scheduling class to improve performance by reducing the frequency of context switches.

Read the full benchmark results here.

See Also SPECjEnterprise2010 Results Page & SPARC T5-8 Result Page at SPEC & SPARC T5-8 Server oracle.com OTN.

Disclosure Statement SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Results from www.spec.org as of 5/1/2013. SPARC T5-8, 27,843.57 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM Power 780, 10,902.30 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM Power 730, 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle server only hardware list price is $298,494 and total hardware plus software list price is $1,565,092 from http://www.oracle.com as of 4/24/2013.

IBM server only hardware list price is $835,555 and total hardware plus software cost of $2,174,152.00 based on public pricing from http://www.ibm.com as of 4/24/2013. IBM Power 730 server total hardware plus software cost of $819,451.00 based on public pricing from http://www.ibm.com as of 4/24/2013.

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