Wednesday Feb 03, 2016

SPARC T7 - Minutes to Seconds!


We are not kidding.

SPARC M7/T7 results are now coming in from our partners and the results are truly worth noting. 
Here is one more example to add to the list.

Hangzhou New Century Electronic Technology Co. Ltd. (NCI), located in Hangzhou, China, is an Oracle partner specializing in systems integration, hardware and software distribution, and technical support services for the tobacco industry.  They develop and distribute an integrated management and control application called "The Tobacco Business Operation & Maintenance Platform v4.0", which is a widely recognized solution based on Oracle’s Java EE architecture.  This platform provides the tobacco industry with a unified platform for operations, management and safety, and includes cloud compute & big data analysis functionality.

As the story has been going with the SPARC T7, NCI heard about the highly acclaimed analyst reviews, 20 new world record benchmarks, the numerous customer quotes (B&H Photo Video: "run 83x faster on SPARC T7"), and decided to try out the powerful T7-2 server on the Tobacco Business Operations & Maintenance Platform.  Their objective was to run tests to measure the performance results comparing the Oracle Database 12c with the IBM DB2 Database, both running on the Oracle SPARC T7-2 servers.


Hardware Components:
The hardware configuration included two Oracle SPARC T7-2 servers with 512GB of memory to deploy Oracle Database 12c RAC, and two Oracle SPARC T7-2 servers with 512GB of memory for deployment of Oracle Weblogic 12c Cluster.  A single Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System was used to deploy Oracle RAC ASM, and for operation and maintenance of data storage. 

Software Components:
The software configuration included Oracle Solaris 11 as the operating system; Oracle Database version 12.1.0.2.0; Oracle WebLogic version 12.1.1 for the middleware; and IBM DB2 Database version 10.5.0.3.  

Test Results: 8 minutes to 7 seconds!
Running the same series of SQL statements on the IBM DB2 database took just over 8 "minutes",
when the same exact run on the same hardware took just under 7 "seconds" with Oracle Database 12c.
The tests were run with the Oracle Database In-Memory option enabled and utilized the SPARC T7  Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) co-processors.  These results were compared to the exact same hardware configuration running the IBM DB2 Database.  The test database file size in both cases was 256MB.  This was a test to see if the Oracle on Oracle solution could demonstrate a significant advantage.

Are you kidding me!?

NCI realized two primary factors were responsible for that dramatic advantage of the Oracle on Oracle solution:

1) Data Analytics Accelerators (DAX) are individual co-processors on the SPARC T7 chip which perform query-related operations directly through the hardware, thereby improving Oracle Database performance significantly. NCI was able to utilize DAX hardware acceleration for the Oracle Database 12c in-memory database operations on this test, thereby relieving the SPARC T7 cores from this analytics workload.

2) Oracle Database In-Memory is a new option with Oracle Database 12c which works with DAX on the SPARC T7 chip to transparently accelerate analytic queries by orders of magnitude.  Oracle Database In-Memory optimizes both analytics and online transaction processing workloads (OLTP), delivering outstanding performance for transaction processing while simultaneously supporting real-time analytics for business intelligence.

A couple of notes on this test:
1) The SPARC M7 DAX functionality is used by default when Oracle Database In-Memory Query Accelerator is enabled.  No additional administration is required to turn this functionality on.
2) The database file size of 256MB is a very small size and not applicable to most use cases.  A larger database would yield even better performance results.
3) Oracle offers a tool called the In-Memory Advisor which could be used here for assessment of the workload and recommendations regarding how to optimize the Oracle Database performance.  See the Oracle Database In-Memory Advisor White Paper for details.

More Information:
For more information, details and system sizing help you can contact the team via isvsupport_ww@oracle.com

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

SPARC M7: Are You Kidding Me!?

Our ISV partners are beginning to ask us if we ARE kidding,  as we continue to produce a plethora of evidence demonstrating the performance, security, throughput and many other advantages of Oracle's new SPARC M7 systems.  Hearing things like 2x more cores, 2x more threads, 4x larger cache per core, 4x more I/O bandwidth... can tend to lose their meaning after awhile.  Does combining software and silicon really amount to that big of a difference!?  And just what do those "x" numbers equate to when it comes to real world application of these new SPARC M7 systems?

We'll let you be the judge -- here is a compilation of what evidence we have to date.  We'll continue to add-on as it comes in.

Analyst Reviews:

- Forrester: Oracle Delivers “Software on Silicon”
- Enterprise Strategy Group: Oracle M7 Enhances CPU-level Security
- SiliconANGLE: Oracle debuts first systems with 10-billion-transistor SPARC M7 chip
- Ovum: Oracle's latest Sparc refresh puts software in silicon
- Forbes: The Breakthrough Technology That Will Turbocharge Big Data And Cloud Computing
- IDC: What If Oracle Is On To Something?
- ESG: I May Be Losing My Mind – I’m Believing In Oracle Hardware

World Records:

- Infosys Finacle Sets a New Record on Oracle SuperCluster M7 (Press Release)
- SAP Two-Tier Standard Sales and Distribution SD Benchmark (Press Release)
- 20 World Record Performance Benchmarks

ISV Videos:

- Siemens Eyes Dramatic Increase in Speed of SPARC M7 Servers
- MSC Software Sees Amazing Throughput with Oracle's SPARC T7
- The Advantage of Running Temenos on Oracle Engineered Systems
- Quartet FS In-Memory Analytics Java Advantage on SPARC

Customer and Partner Quotes (in Press Release):

- B&H Photo Video: "run 83x faster on SPARC T7"
- Informationsverarbeitung für Versicherungen GmbH (ivv): "will dramatically increase the speed of services"
- University Hospitals Leuven: “SPARC is the only suitable platform that meets our application needs"
- BPC: “excited to see dramatic performance increases"
- Capitek: “the only effective method of protection against dangerous programming vulnerabilities"
- MSC Software: “able to deliver better core-to-core throughput than an Intel Xeon X5 v3 server"
- SAS: “detected difficult to find run-time errors far more quickly than other products"
- Siemens PLM Software: “tests of the new Oracle SPARC M7 servers showed dramatic performance improvements"
- Software AG: “achieved an amazing 2.8X performance increase"

Customer References:

- University Hospitals Leuven Provide Electronic Health Records in Real Time
- ivv Runs Applications 1.8x Faster, Cuts Compliance Reporting Overhead 10x

Why not TRY OUT M7 and see for yourself?
Oracle now offers partners, customers and university researchers access to a Software in Silicon Cloud, which provides developers a secure and ready-to-run virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in a SPARC M7/T7 system running Oracle Solaris.

Try it -- we think you'll agree.  We are NOT kidding around!

Monday Jul 06, 2015

HELP!! Solaris Technical Support for Developers


Help!",  the 1965 song by the Beatles (click on the album) that served as the title for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album was reportedly written by John Lennon, and was a direct reflection of the Beatles' astronomical rise to success in the mid-1960's.

 "The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help",

stated John Lennon in a 1980 interview.

Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone, HELP!!

Well, we'd better not go too far down that path to 1965... 

but, DID YOU KNOW that our Solaris developers get free technical HELP under the Oracle PartnerNetwork (Gold level members and above) for any questions regarding development of their applications on Oracle Solaris 11!? 

Yes, great news.  But most importantly, to coin a line from our theme song, its not just ANY body who is providing that help. 

Lets be clear that this is NOT a call center in the middle east.  At Oracle we have a team of senior ISV Engineers who respond directly to these questions from our OPN partners.  These engineers are trained professionals who support our ISV's on a daily basis for technical validation and support of the their application on Oracle Solaris.  In other words, this is their job.  And in doing this, they are involved in all kinds of technical support topics with Solaris developers and are extremely knowledgeable in the intricacies of making sure that the ISV application runs BEST on Oracle Solaris. 

Here are just a couple examples of the types of support they are trained to provide:

  • Checking application compatibility with Oracle Solaris
  • Certifying application with Oracle Solaris
  • Optimizing application performance
  • Ensuring application stability & reliability
  • Determining the Oracle Solaris readiness of your application
  • Helping you install Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Solaris
  • Utilizing Dynamic Tracing Facility (DTrace) to understand better how your system is operating
  • Providing migration assistance to Oracle Solaris from Red Hat Linux, IBM AIX, HPUX and others
  • Helping you get access to Oracle Solaris systems in a secure cloud-based environment

Want to try it out?  Its as simple as sending one email to this alias:  ISVSupport_WW@oracle.com

As long as you are an OPN member (Gold level and above), we guarantee you no longer than a 48 hour turnaround.   Check it out right off our OPN page for Solaris Developers:

Solaris Adoption Technical Assistance

Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success.

"I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help," said Lennon.

No need for our Solaris Developers to get fat and depressed -- get HELP now -- and you'll see that Oracle's ISV Engineering team is definitely not "just ANY body"!

About the photograph:  I ran across the "Help" album in the very cool Downtown Local coffee shop in Pescadero, California and photographed it on my trusty iPhone.

Monday Jun 01, 2015

3 Reasons To Test Drive our Cloud

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!



JomaSoft is utilizing Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to evaluate memory leak and code security of their cloud management platform, Virtual Data Center Control Framework (VDCF). “Leveraging the Software in Silicon Cloud literally saved Jomasoft weeks in comparison to our normal beta test cycle process in-house." —Marcel Hofstetter, CEO


Capitek is also leveraging this cloud offering to evaluate Oracle's latest Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor.  “We were able to create our own customized application test and verification environment in just minutes, while eliminating the need to acquire and deploy our own server resources for similar tests." —Jerry Chen, Senior Manager, Telecom Software Product Department

AsiaInfo is testing their AsiaInfo Internet Short Message Gateway (AIISMG) solution on Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud to improve overall software reliability and security.  “The Software in Silicon Cloud is a very economic and efficient method for AsiaInfo to validate the upcoming hardware and software from Oracle on our AIISMG solution." —Fu Tingsheng, Director of Engineering

Learn how you can break the code to take advantage of this revolutionary new technology in software development.

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