Monday Oct 15, 2012

Consolidating Oracle E-Business Suite R12 on Oracle's SPARC SuperCluster

An Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) R12 12.1.3 is now available on oracle.com.

    The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite

This solution was centered around the engineered system, SPARC SuperCluster T4-4. Check the business and technical white papers along with a bunch of relevant useful resources online at the above optimized solution page for EBS.

What is an Optimized Solution?

Oracle's Optimized Solutions are designed, tested and fully documented architectures that are tuned for optimal performance and availability. Optimized solutions are NOT pre-packaged, fully tuned, ready-to-install software bundles that can be downloaded and installed. An optimized solution is usually a well documented architecture that was thoroughly tested on a target platform. The technical white paper details the deployed application architecture along with various observations from installing the application on target platform to its behavior and performance in highly available and scalable configurations.

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Use Case

Multiple E-Business Suite R12 12.1.3 application modules were tested in this optimized solution -- Financials (online - oracle forms & web requests), Order Management (online - oracle forms & web req uests) and HRMS (online - web requests & payroll batch). The solution will be updated with additional application modules, when they are available.

Oracle Solaris Cluster is responsible for the high availability portion of the solution.

Performance Data

For the sake of completeness, test results were also documented in the optimized solution white paper. Those test results are mainly for educational purposes only. They give good sense of application behavior under the circumstances the application was tested. Since the major focus of the optimized solution is around highly available and scalable configurations, the application was configured to me et those criteria. Hence the documented test results are not directly comparable to any other E-Business Suite performance test results published by any vendor including Oracle. Such an attempt may lead to skewed, incorrect conclusions.

Questions & Requests

Feel free to direct your questions to the author of the white papers. If you are a potential customer who would like to test a specific E-Business Suite application module on any non-engineered syste m such as SPARC T4-X or engineered system such as SPARC SuperCluster, contact Oracle Solution Center.

Saturday Dec 04, 2010

Oracle's Optimized Solution for Siebel CRM 8.1.1

A brief explanation of what an optimized solution is and what it is not can be found in the previous blog entry Oracle's Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft HCM 9.0. We went through a similar exercise to publish another optimized solution around Siebel CRM 8.1.1.

The Siebel solution implements Oracle Siebel CRM using a unique combination of SPARC servers, Sun storage, Solaris OS virtualization, Oracle application middleware and Oracle database products.

URLs to the Siebel CRM white papers:

White you are at it, do not forget to check the 13,000 user Siebel CRM benchmark on the latest SPARC T3 platform.

Thursday Dec 02, 2010

Oracle's Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft HCM 9.0

According to Oracle Corporation: Oracle's optimized solutions are applications-to-disk solutions that are comprised of Oracle's Sun servers, storage, and networking components, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications.

To be clear, an optimized/optimal solution is neither a software package nor a hardware system bundled with pre-tuned software. It is simply a set of recommendations based on some testing performed in labs. The recommendations typically provide sizing guidelines for small, medium and large configurations, best practices, tuning tips and some performance data. Customers can refer to these guidelines when deploying enterprise applications on Oracle hardware to achieve optimal configuration for better TCO and ROI.

The PeopleSoft solution implements two modules in Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM) 9.0 to demonstrate how Oracleʼs servers, disk storage and advanced flash based storage technology can be used to accelerate database transactions to achieve unprecedented application performance. Workload consolidation is achieved through server consolidation while maintaining the appropriate balance of performance, availability, cost and expected future capacity requirements.

The optimized solution technical white paper can be accessed from the following URL:

    Oracleʼs Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management Consolidation using M-series servers, Flash and Enterprise Storage

A corresponding solution brief targeting less patient is available at:

    Oracle's Optimized Solution for PeopleSoft HCM - A Business White paper

Saturday Jul 11, 2009

Oracle Business Intelligence : Workaround / Solution to "[46036] Internal Assertion" Error

Symptom:

When checking in changes to Oracle BI repository (RPD), Admintool fails with an error message:


[46036] Internal Assertion: Condition FALSE, file server/Utility/Generic/NQThreads/SUGThread.cpp, line 515

Solution / Workaround:

Edit <BI_HOME>/server/Config/NQSConfig.INI configuration file to increase the value of SERVER_THREAD_STACK_SIZE parameter. Replace the line SERVER_THREAD_STACK_SIZE = 0; with SERVER_THREAD_STACK_SIZE = 512 KB; and restart the Analytics server (SAS)

Sunday May 17, 2009

Installing Siebel Web Extension (SWE) on top of Sun Java System Web Server 7.0

As of today, Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 is not a certified platform to deploy Siebel 8.x enterprise on. We are working with Oracle Corporation to make this certification happen so our customers can take advantage of the performance optimizations that went into the web server release 7.0.

Meanwhile those who want to give it a try can do so with little effort. In release SJSWS 7.0, the start/stop/restart/.. scripts were appropriately relocated to bin directory under the virtual web server instance. The installer for Siebel 8.x Web Server Extension looks for the start script [of the web server] under the home directory of the virtual web server instance. (because it was the default location until the release of SJSWS 7.0). The installation fails if the installer cannot find the start script in the location it is expecting it to be.

Due to the relocation mentioned above, installation of the Siebel Web Server Extension fails at the very last step where it tries to modify the start script with a bunch of LD_PRELOADs so the Siebel Web Extension loads up and runs on the Sun Java System Web Server. To get around this failure, all you have to do is to create a symbolic link in the home directory of the virtual web server instance pointing to the startserv script residing in the bin directory.

The following example shows the necessary steps.


% pwd
/export/pspp/SJWS7U5/https-siebel-pspp

% ln -s bin/startserv start

% ls -l start
lrwxrwxrwx   1 pspp     dba           13 May 17 17:01 start -> bin/startserv

Install Siebel Web Extension in the normal way. No other changes are required.

AFTER SWE INSTALLATION:


% ls -l start\*
-rwxr-xr-x   1 pspp     dba         4157 May 17 17:38 start
-rwxr-xr-x   1 pspp     dba         3456 May 17 17:38 start_.bak

% mv bin/startserv bin/startserv.orig
% mv start bin/startserv

Notice that the Siebel installer actually made two copies of the startup script from the symbolic link. The original bin/startserv remained intact after the SWE installation.

Finally start the Web Server instance by running the startserv script. It should start with no issues.


% pwd
/export/pspp/SJWS7U5/https-siebel-pspp/bin

% ./startserv
Sun Java System Web Server 7.0U5 B03/10/2009 16:38
info: swe_init reports: SWE plug-in log file
info: CORE5076: Using [Java HotSpot(TM) Server VM, Version 1.5.0_15] from [Sun Microsystems Inc.]
info: HTTP3072: http-listener-1: http://siebel-pspp:8000 ready to accept requests
info: CORE3274: successful server startup

Before we conclude, do not forget the fact that Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 is not yet certified with Siebel 8.x release. Use the instructions mentioned in this blog post at your own risk. However if you do like to take that risk, consider installing the latest release of Sun Java System Web Server, which is SJSWS 7.0 Update 5 as of this writing.

Stay tuned for the certification news though.

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Database Tier on Solaris 10 x64

The long wait for this certification is over. Oracle Corporation finally announced support for Solaris 10 x64 as the certified E-Business Suite platform for the database tier. Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (12.0.4) is now certified with Oracle Database Server 10g R2 version 10.2.0.4 on the 'database tier only' (previously known as 'split configuration' in 11i) platform Sun Solaris x86/64.

The following Metalink documents might be of interest to Sun-Oracle customers who are waiting for this certification to happen.

Saturday Dec 06, 2008

Is Oracle's PeopleSoft Really a Multi-Threaded Application?

Perhaps the answer to this question is irrelevant to many of the PeopleSoft end users - but I assume it is important for the administrators to know what kind of application they are dealing with.

Here is a snapshot of the process statistics (prstat output) for the PeopleSoft application server processes running on a Solaris 10 system:

   PID USERNAME  SIZE   RSS STATE  PRI NICE      TIME  CPU PROCESS/NLWP      
 10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   60   10   0:13:42 1.5% PSAPPSRV/11
 10855 psft      353M  235M sleep    2   10   0:13:55 1.5% PSAPPSRV/11
 10846 psft      353M  235M sleep    3   10   0:14:04 1.5% PSAPPSRV/11
 10870 psft      353M  235M sleep    0   10   0:13:50 1.5% PSAPPSRV/11
 10873 psft      353M  235M sleep    1   10   0:13:57 1.4% PSAPPSRV/11
 10852 psft      353M  235M sleep    0   10   0:13:57 1.4% PSAPPSRV/11
 10858 psft      353M  235M sleep   60   10   0:13:47 1.3% PSAPPSRV/11
 10849 psft      349M  231M cpu0    20   10   0:13:55 1.3% PSAPPSRV/11
 10867 psft      353M  235M sleep   60   10   0:13:53 1.3% PSAPPSRV/11
 10861 psft      349M  231M sleep   60   10   0:13:56 1.2% PSAPPSRV/11

Notice the number of LWPs (represented by NLWP in the snapshot) that are associated with each of those PSAPPSRV processes. Just by looking at the above snapshot, one may under the impression that the PSAPPSRV (PeopleSoft Application Server process) is a multi-threaded process because it appears that there are 11 worker threads actively processing the user requests.

To dig a little deeper, prstat utility on Solaris provides the ability to check the statistics for each of the light-weight processes (LWPs) that are associated with a process (here I'm assuming that the intended audience can differentiate a process from a light-weight process). With the help of -L option of the prstat, Solaris reports the statistics for each LWP that is associated with a given process. Let's have a close look at those stats.

  PID USERNAME  SIZE   RSS STATE  PRI NICE      TIME  CPU PROCESS/LWPID
10864 psft      353M  235M cpu32    0   10   0:01:37 1.5% PSAPPSRV/1
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   59    0   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/11
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   29   10   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/10
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   28   10   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/9
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   28   10   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/8
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   59    0   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/7
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   59    0   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/6
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   51    2   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/5
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   59    0   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/4
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   29   10   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/3
10864 psft      353M  235M sleep   59    0   0:00:00 0.0% PSAPPSRV/2

Notice all the PIDs in the first column. That's right - it is the same pid, 10864, across different lines. It confirms that the above snapshot is the process stats breakdown by LWPs for a given process. Now check the output under the TIME column. That column represents the cumulative execution time for the process -- LWP, in this case. Except for the LWP #1, the exec time for rest of the LWPs is zero i.e., even though the PSAPPSRV process spawned 10 more LWPs, in reality, they are not doing any work at all. When I tried to find the reason {from my counterpart at Oracle Corporation} for the creation of multiple LWPs, I was told that the multiple LWPs are a side effect of loading JRE(s) into the process address space during the run-time. Also it appears that the PeopleSoft application server processes (PSAPPSRV) can process only one user request (transaction) at a time. It is the limitation of the PeopleSoft Enterprise by design.

So the bottomline is: PeopleSoft application server processes (PSAPPSRV) are not multi-threaded even though they appear to be multi-threaded from the operating system perspective.

Before we conclude, be aware that the discussion in this blog post applies only to the PeopleSoft application server processes, PSAPPSRV. You cannot generalize it to the whole PeopleSoft Enterprise. For example, application engine processes (PSAESRV) that run under the control of the Process Scheduler are actually multi-threaded processes. However expanding the discussion around Process Scheduler/Application Engine is beyond the scope of this blog post.

Acknowledgements:
Sanjay Goyal

(Originally posted on blogger at:
http://technopark02.blogspot.com/2008/03/is-peoplesoft-really-multi-threaded.html)
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