Monday Jul 11, 2016

SPARC M7 [and now S7]: 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 SPARC M7 systems, including the newly announced SPARC S7 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" factors equate to when it comes to real world application of these new SPARC M7/S7 systems?

We'll let you be the judge --
here is a compilation of what evidence we have to date. 

Analyst Reviews:

- Edison: Security & Performance Advantages with Oracle Software in Silicon
- Enterprise Strategy Group: Oracle M7 Enhances CPU-level Security
- ESG: I May Be Losing My Mind – I’m Believing In Oracle Hardware
- Forbes: The Breakthrough Technology That Will Turbocharge Big Data And Cloud Computing
- Forrester: Oracle Delivers “Software on Silicon”
- IDC: What If Oracle Is On To Something?
- Ovum: Oracle's latest Sparc refresh puts software in silicon
- SiliconANGLE: Oracle debuts first systems with 10-billion-transistor SPARC M7 chip
- The Next Platform: Oracle Takes On Xeons With SPARC S7
- Wikibon:
Software-in-Silicon Drives Oracle SPARC M7 Processors

World Records:

- Infosys Finacle Sets a New Record on Oracle SuperCluster M7 (Press Release)
- SAP Two-Tier Standard Sales and Distribution SD Benchmark: SPARC M7-8
- Siebel PSPP: SPARC T7-2 Beats IBM
- SPECvirt_2013: SPARC T7-2 for Two- and Four-Chip Systems
- SPECjbb2015: SPARC T7-1 for 1 Chip Result
- 20 World Record Performance Benchmarks

ISV Video Testimonies:

- 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

ISV Evidence:

- Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7
- SAS and Oracle SPARC M7 Silicon Secured Memory
- Amazing Results on SPARC T7 by MSC Software
- SPARC T7 - Minutes to Seconds!
- Siemens Teamcenter on SuperCluster M7 with 10,000+ Concurrent Users
- Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7

Customer and Partner Quotes (in Press Release):

- AsiaInfo: "able to shorten time to find and fix bugs by 3 days. "
- B&H Photo Video: "run 83x faster on SPARC T7"
- BPC: “excited to see dramatic performance increases"
- Capitek: “the only effective method of protection against dangerous programming vulnerabilities"
- Informationsverarbeitung für Versicherungen GmbH (ivv): "will dramatically increase the speed of services"
- MSC Software: “able to deliver better core-to-core throughput than an Intel Xeon X5 v3 server"
- QuartetFS:  “... our queries running an amazing 6-8 times faster. "
- SAS: "detected difficult to find run-time errors far more quickly than other products"
- Siemens PLM Software: “the new Oracle SPARC M7 servers showed dramatic performance improvements"
- Software AG: “achieved an amazing 2.8X performance increase"
- University Hospitals Leuven: “SPARC is the only suitable platform that meets our application needs"

Customer References:

- University Hospitals Leuven Provide Electronic Health Records in Real Time
- B&H Photo Experiences up to 83 Times Faster Results with Oracle SPARC T7 Servers (video)
- 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/S7 system running Oracle Solaris.

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

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

Tuesday Dec 30, 2014

CloudSigma Public Cloud built on Oracle Solaris

On September 30, 2014 CloudSigma issued a press release announcing a native Oracle Solaris-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering for the enterprise.  And following on that press release, Robert Jenkins, CEO of CloudSigma,  demonstrated how CloudSigma is deploying instances of Oracle Solaris in their public cloud in two separate presentations at Oracle OpenWorld 2014:

 - Oracle Solaris Strategy, Engineering Insights, and Roadmap [GEN7808]
 - Kernel Zones: Next-Generation Cloud Platform [CON7842]

This is a significant strategic move by CloudSigma, leveraging Oracle Solaris features to meet their business objective of building high availability cloud servers and cloud hosting in both Europe and the US, and demonstrates Oracle Solaris and SPARC traction and value in the public cloud space.  CloudSigma is a pure-cloud IaaS provider that offers one of the most customizable cloud offerings on the market.  They recognize that Oracle Solaris 11 is a complete, integrated cloud platform that  is engineered for the type of large scale enterprise cloud environments their customers are demanding.  They see the benefits of implementing Oracle Solaris cloud virtualization with zero performance loss and the highest consolidation ratios for large-scale applications.  

As an example, in his presentation at OpenWorld, Mr. Jenkins spoke to the excitement of leveraging "Remote Administration Daemon" (RAD), which is a standard system service that offers secure, remote administrative access to an Oracle Solaris system.  RAD enabled CloudSigma to incorporate Solaris very quickly without the burden of writing the code themselves, as they have done with Linux.

“We’ve been excited to see the recent developments in the Oracle Solaris offering and have worked closely with Oracle to demonstrate the unique power of this platform for the enterprise,” said Robert Jenkins, CloudSigma CEO. “This new service will allow customers to engage with a SPARC – Oracle Solaris environment in new ways, as well as bring the benefits of the cloud paradigm to existing Oracle Solaris based workloads.”

CloudSigma is seeing significant interest in this offering and have customers using it as an ideal testing and development platform ahead of their production deployments.  CloudSigma customers are also deploying Solaris for elastic workloads in a way they previously weren’t able to do for private dedicated hardware-based solutions.



The release of Oracle Solaris 11.2 has transformed it into a complete cloud platform with OS, virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities as well as a full distribution of OpenStack.  The demand for Oracle Solaris in public clouds is increasing significantly and CloudSigma is just the beginning.

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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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Mobile Tornado Accelerates Product Deployment with Solaris Zones

Mobile Tornado is a long-standing partner and hardware OEM of Oracle which provides Instant Communication services for mobile devices, with a focus on enterprise workforce management.

“We have seen significant performance improvements running Solaris 11 with SPARC on Oracle software with Mobile Tornado's IPRS™ (Internet Protocol Radio Service) platform.”

Shlomo Birman, VP Delivery and Services, Mobile Tornado

In our ever-changing business environment where products are outdated quickly and on-premise integration cost is sky-rocketing, Time-to-Market (TTM) is becoming the key factor for a successful technology adoption by end-customers. Mobile Tornado asked Oracle ISV Engineering to help them with the design and implementation of a new rapid provisioning environment in-house in order to improve their TTM by reducing the time it takes to deploy their solution at the customer's premises.

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