By Giri Mandalika on Jan 30, 2011
It is very rare to see any vendor publishing a benchmark on competing products of their own let alone products that are 100% compatible with each other. Well, it happened at Oracle|Sun. M-series and T-series hardware was the subject of two similar / comparable benchmarks; and PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 DIL was the benchmarked workload.
Benchmark report URLs
|PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 on Oracle's SPARC T3-1 Server|
|PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 on Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server|
Brief description of workload
The benchmark workload simulated Financial Control and Reporting business processes that a customer typically performs when closing their books at period end. "Closing the books" generally involves Journal generation, editing & posting; General Ledger allocations, summary & consolidations and reporting in GL. The applications that were involved in this process are: General Ledger, Asset Management, Cash Management, Expenses, Payables and Receivables.
The benchmark execution simulated the processing required for closing the books (background batch processes) along with some online concurrent transaction activity by 1000 end users.
Summary of Benchmark Test Results
The following table summarizes the test results of the "close the books" business processes. For the online transaction response times, check the benchmark reports (too many transactions to summarize here). Feel free to draw your own conclusions.
As of this writing no other vendor published any benchmark result with PeopleSoft Financials 9.0 workload.
(If the following table is illegible, click here for cleaner copy of test results.)
|Hardware Configuration||Elapsed Time||Journal Lines per Hour||Ledger Lines per Hour|
|Batch only||Batch + 1K users||Batch only||Batch + 1K users||Batch only||Batch + 1K users|
Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials/SCM 9.00.00.331
Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise (PeopleTools) 8.49.23 64-bit
Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise (PeopleTools) 8.49.23 32-bit on Windows Server 2003 SP2 for generating reports using nVision
Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition Release 188.8.131.52.0 64-bit + RDBMS patch 9699654
Oracle Tuxedo 9.1 RP36 Jolt 9.1 64-bit
Oracle WebLogic Server 9.2 MP3 64-bit (Java version "1.5.0_12")
MicroFocus Server Express 4.0 SP4 64-bit
Oracle Solaris 10 10/09 and 09/10
It is one of the complex and stressful benchmarks that I have ever been involved in. It is a collaborative effort from different teams within Oracle Corporation. A sincere thanks to the PeopleSoft benchmark team for providing adequate support throughout the execution of the benchmark and for the swift validation of benchmark results numerous times (yes, "numerous" - it is not a typo.)