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!

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Webinar: Why Software In Silicon?

Oracle Academy is offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the design principals behind the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology which is at the core of Oracle's SPARC M7 microprocessor chip design.  In this LIVE panel discussion with senior executives from the software and hardware side of Oracle's systems business, you will gain insights into the strategy and thinking behind Oracle’s dramatic re-design of computer chip architecture, as well as be able to ask questions to be addressed live by the panel members.

Course Title:    What Happens When Software Moves Into Silicon (Webinar Replay)
Target Audience:  University students, Oracle customers & partners
Event Date:    November 11, 2015
Event Time:    9:00-10:00am (Pacific Time)

Putting software onto the computer chip (Software in Silicon) is a revolutionary new technology which will fundamentally change the way computer systems are built in the future.  For over five years now Oracle has been investing in improving the Oracle software applications by embedding software technology into the microprocessor -- for better performance, lower cost, higher system availability, and most important of all -- securing the cloud from intruders. Oracle processor engineers have worked closely with their software engineers, in particular the database experts, in hard-wiring capabilities specific to application processes and performance onto the processor—hence the “Software in Silicon” moniker. This webinar will explore what happens when software moves into silicon, as well as providing practical examples of innovative features this new technology brings to the market.

Here are a couple of pre-webinar viewings to wet your appetite:

Forbes: The Breakthrough Technology That Will Turbocharge Big Data And Cloud Computing
Forbes: 10 Reasons Software On Silicon Redefines Enterprise Computing
Youtube (start at 0:00): M7 - Breakthrough Processor and System Design with SPARC M7

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Power of SPARC T5 scalability unleashed

I was working with a leading asset management vendor in the financial server sector who is using Python for a considerable amount of their software, a typical three-tier architecture, Database, Business Logic and User interface using Python as the main back-end language. Performance was critical for both latency (fast individual query response) and total throughput (being able to service a large amount of queries in parallel).

This was an opportunity to validate the quality of the scalability advantage of SPARC processors, with their large amount of cores and threads within a single chip.

In order to test the scalability of the SPARC processor in a Python environment, I decided to use the standard Python benchmark which is available in all the latest Python distributions. By running multiple benchmarks in parallel, I could then plot the scaling factor to see how linearly the total throughput would ramp up as more cores and threads were utilized.

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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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Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is live

The Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta release is out. Oracle Solaris Studio is a suite of compilers and code analysis tools that assist developers in creating highly optimized, robust, and secure applications for the Oracle Solaris and Linux Operating Systems. These tools help application developers achieve the best performance on Oracle's newest T-series and M-series SPARC servers, Fujitsu's M10 servers, and Intel-based servers. 

New features and enhancements in Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 include:

  • New C++ compiler and dbx debugger that support the C++ 2011 language standard
  • A completely redesigned Performance Analyzer UI that simplifies identification of key performance issues, plus remote data analysis, cross-architecture support, comparison of results, and improved kernel profiling
  • Code Analyzer for improving your application with static source-code checking, run-time memory access checking (including memory leaks), and identification of un-exercised code. Graphical user interface and command-line provide robust interfaces for reviewing results and historical analysis of data
  • Compiler and library optimizations for Oracle's SPARC T5, M5, M6, Fujitsu's M10, and Intel's Ivy Bridge and Haswell servers
  • Support for new OpenMP 4.0 standard including Region Cancellation, Thread Affinity, Tasking Extensions and Sequentially Consistent Atomics
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that includes C++ 2011 support, improved response time, and a smaller memory footprint to efficiently handle very large source repositories.

Visit the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta homepage and download the Beta release today!

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