Friday Jun 06, 2014

SPARC T5-4 Engineering Simulation Solution

A recent Oracle internal performance evaluation for computer-based product design demonstrated that Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server running MSC's SimManager simulation software with Oracle Database 12c consolidates the work of multiple x86 servers while delivering better overall performance.   Engineering simulation solutions have taken the center stage in helping companies design and develop innovative products while reducing physical prototyping costs, and exploring a larger design space, resulting in more design possibilities.

For this solution, a single SPARC T5-4 server running Oracle Solaris 11 was deployed to consolidate the MSC SimManager server, the Oracle Database 12c server, and the web application server onto a single platform. An automotive design workload was deployed to demonstrate how the SPARC T5-4 server can be used to consolidate the work of multiple x86 servers and deliver better overall performance while reducing complexity and achieving optimal product designs. 

A joint Oracle/MSC Software solution brief describes this in more detail:  A Simplified Solution for Product Lifecycle Management MSC SimManager on a SPARC T5-4 Server

Monday May 26, 2014

Security Access Control With Solaris Virtualization

Numerous Solaris customers consolidate multiple applications or servers on a single platform. The resulting configuration consists of many environments hosted on a single infrastructure and security constraints sometimes exist between these environments. Recently, a customer consolidated many virtual machines belonging to both their Intranet and Extranet on a pair of SPARC Solaris servers interconnected through Infiniband. Virtual Machines were mapped to Solaris Zones and one security constraint was to prevent SSH connections between the Intranet and the Extranet. This case study gives us the opportunity to understand how the Oracle Solaris Network Virtualization Technology —a.k.a. Project Crossbow— can be used to control outbound traffic from Solaris Zones.

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Parallel Java with Fork/Join on SPARC CMT

Java 7 Fork and Join allows an easy way to perform dividable work by executing parallel tasks on a single computing machine. This article introduced a fork/join example of counting occurrences of a word in all files/directories under a root directory. I thought to check how these forked threads scale on a T5-4 server. Oracle T5-4 server has 4 processors, each has 16 cores. CMT technology allows 8 threads contexts per core (each core includes two out-of-order integer pipelines, one floating-point unit, level 1 and 2 caches, full specs here).

It took 1131.29 seconds for a single thread to process a root directory with 1024 files, 1.25MB each. Increasing "parallelism level"  —using the Java fork/join pool terminology —up to 2048, doing the same work with fork/join took 7.74 seconds! Clearly it is worth setting the ForkJoinPool parallelism level manually to higher than...

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

You're invited : Solaris 11.2 Launch, Apr 29th, NYC

Please join Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Markus Flierl for the global launch of Oracle Solaris 11.2 on April 29, 2014 in New York City. Oracle Solaris 11.2 adds new capabilities in advanced virtualization, software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenStack support to the enterprise-grade Solaris operating system already known for its unmatched scalability, reliability and security.

Thanks to the robust and guaranteed Solaris Binary Compatibility, our ISV partners and their customers have been able over the years to right away enjoy the new run-time features that each release of Solaris brings to market. Which Solaris 11.2 feature will be the killer feature that most customers will quickly adopt? Time will tell but I have my own idea...

Space at this exclusive event is limited, register today!

Monday Apr 14, 2014

SAS and Oracle - Partnering Innovation on Big Data and Cloud

Oracle was a Platinum sponsor of the 39th SAS Global Forum, which took place at the Gaylord Convention Center, Washington DC on March 23-26th with a record attendance of over 4,500 attendees. SAS Global Forum is the annual gathering of SAS professionals, and has been happening every year since 1976. Here is the Opening Keynote by CEO Jim Goodnight  —good overview in Dr. Goodnight’s 10-minute opening. The theme of this year's conference was celebrating the “potential of one, power of all” around the potential to turn a single data discovery into a better way of doing business.

Oracle’s Platinum sponsorship centered around the partnership with SAS to deliver the convergence of In-Memory and In-Database cloud platforms, for which Oracle’s Engineered Systems are providing unprecedented performance and scalability in SAS environments. Oracle had 2 main conference presentations, 2 SAS partner showcase opportunities and booth tech talks around this theme. David Lawler, Oracle SVP Product Management and Strategy, and Paul Kent, SAS VP Big Data, presented on SAS and Oracle: Big Data and Cloud – Partnering Innovation Targets the Third Platform. Paul and David shared their strategic insight into how SAS High-Performance Analytics solutions are tackling today’s big data challenges and requisite union to “data-optimized cloud platforms”.

The benefits of the collaborative effort between SAS and Oracle enable joint customers to realize tangible value by analyzing all their data, quickly, safely and with the necessary agility to reduce time to insight. As evidence of the SAS and Oracle partnership producing results for customers, a large banking institution in Latin America presented a solution of a global SAS deployment on Oracle SPARC M5 servers. This solution provided the bank impressive scalability for Analytics with 5,000 SAS users consolidating over 50 Oracle Databases onto the same system with a 70% reduction in processors and a 30% performance improvement.

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