Monday Jan 09, 2012

Infovista VistaInsight for Networks shows 3.7x performance on Oracle

System management vendor InfoVista markets the VistaInsight for Networks® application to enable telco operators, service providers and large enterprises effectively meet performance and service level agreements of converged and next-generation communication networks. As part of our on-going technology partnership, InfoVista and Oracle ISV Engineering together ran a performance test campaign of VistaInsight for Networks® over Oracle Solaris and Sun CMT hardware. The two companies shared many common objectives when starting this project.

The most obvious was to improve the scalability and performance of VistaInsight for Networks® over Oracle's SPARC T-Series systems and thereby provide customers with a better price/performance ratio and a better ROI. From the onset, virtualization was considered a promising technology to improve scalability, thus testing VistaInsight for Networks® in the context of Oracle Solaris Zones was also a major milestone.

Second, InfoVista was interested in setting new limits in terms of the workload that its application can sustain, in response to the evolving needs of its customers.

Lastly, as the first improvements on computing scalability were delivered, it became obvious that the storage was the next critical component for the performance of the entire solution. A decision was then made to test the Oracle Solaris ZFS file system, the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and the SSD technology from Oracle to move to the next level of performance.

The result of this performance test campaign is a new Reference Architecture whitepaper that provides detailed information about the configuration tested, the tests executed and the results obtained. It clearly shows that VistaInsight for Networks® takes full advantage of the server, storage and virtualization technology provided by Oracle. By leveraging the Oracle Solaris Zones, Oracle Solaris ZFS, SSD and Sun ZFS Appliance storage, Infovista increased the throughput performance by more than 370%, meeting the highest expectations in terms of workload and performance while maintaining the cost in a very attractive range.

Learn all the details about this new Reference Architecture published on OTN.

Wednesday Mar 23, 2011

Traffix scales on Solaris Sparc

Traffix Systems is leading the control plane market, with a range of next-generation network Diameter products and solutions --Diameter is an authentication, authorization and accounting protocol for telco networks, and a successor to RADIUS.

The amount of Diameter signaling in LTE and 4G networks is unlike anything telecom operators have seen or been confronted in the past. It is estimated that there will be up to 25x more signaling per subscriber compared to legacy and IN networks. As a result, network operators moving to LTE are finding it progressively more difficult to manage their core network architecture and Diameter signaling as it becomes increasingly complex to maintain, manage and scale.

With these challenges in mind, and as part of the on-going engineering collaboration between Traffix Systems and Oracle's ISV Engineering, we investigated which Oracle technologies could help decrease and manage the complexity. The first thing we looked at was the SPARC Enterprise T-Series systems…

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Tuesday Mar 01, 2011

Talend Integration Suite optimized on Solaris

Continuing with the spirit of the Tunathon program --an innovative enginneering program to study and tune application performance on Solaris, run at Sun Microsystems in the early 2000's--, we at ISV Engineering are still running today "Tunathon" projects with our partners, i.e. tuning their application on Solaris --we have about 5 in flight right now. Tunathon efforts are in fact more and more relevant as computers are becoming more complex, scalable and heteregeneous --think e.g. of a 4-socket quad-core dual-thread system with extra GPU engines. Developers have the impossible job to release new business logic in their code, faster and faster, while being fully optimized and scalable on systems that a developer never gets his hands on to test scalability to start with, anyway. And the programming frameworks, good for developer productivity and code quality, comes as additional layers that can make debugging and optimization a real nightmare.

Recently, Talend, a fast growing ISV positioned by Gartner in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools”, contacted us to report a serious performance issue at one of their customers, a large bank, using the Talend Integration Suite application on a large 32-way quad-core SPARC M-Series server. Although fully multi-threaded, the software simply did not scale on such a large system. We got on it right away, set up a 128-thread Sun T5140 system in our Lab to reproduce the problem, and took a closer look at the Java code…

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Monday Feb 14, 2011

Performance monitoring using hardware counters : Releasing HAR 2.1

Thanks to the contribution of Claude Teissedre here at Oracle ISV Engineering, we are happy to announce the 2.1 release of the Hardware Activity Reporter (HAR) performance monitoring tool, featuring support for the SPARC T3 processor. Both Sparc and x86 binaries of HAR 2.1 are free for download at

The HAR 2.x source code continues to be available under the CDDL 1.0 license on Project Kenai.

Monday Jan 11, 2010

Presentations from CMT Tech Day, Jan. 6th, Herzliya

Thanks for joining us for the CMT Tech Day last week! As promised, we are posting here presentations from the event. For the CMT processors and systems information --Rafa's presentation--, I'd point you to the Sun CoolThreads website where you will find current and exhaustive product information. Please continue to send feedback to help us improve these Tech Days.

How open innovation and technology adoption translates to business value, with stories from our developer support work at Oracle's ISV Engineering.



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