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SPARC T5-2 Server Shatters Another World Record and Gets Single-Processor Configuration

Since their introduction last year, Oracle's T5 servers have topped
performance metrics across enterprise workloads. The SPARC T5 server
has just shattered another world record (see the latest
SPECjEnterprise2010 2-socket benchmark result). In that test, the SPARC T5-2 server:

  • Showed the best performance per socket for a single system in the application tier (1)
  • Demonstrated 1.5 times higher performance compared to Oracle’s
    2-socket Sun Server X4-2 systems, running Intel's E5-2600 v2 series
    processor (Ivy Bridge) (1)
  • Delivered 29% better performance (1) and 20% better price
    performance compared to a two-socket IBM PowerLinux POWER7+
    processor-based server (2)

Another piece of good news is that Oracle is announcing that the
SPARC T5-2 server is now offered in a single-processor configuration,
making it easier to adopt Oracle's latest technology - see details here.
Customers will now have options for deploying T5-based servers starting
with 16 and going up to 128 cores. Complementing this server line-up,
the SPARC T4-1 server provides an entry-level configuration with 8
cores, while the SPARC M6-32 system provides massive scalability up to
384 cores.




Footnote:

 (1) Results from www.spec.org
as of 1/22/2014. SPARC T5-2, 17,033.54 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; IBM
PowerLinux 7R2, 13,161.07 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; Sun Server X4-2,
11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. The SPARC T5-2 server result
represents the best performance per socket for a single system in the
application tier of 8,516.77 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS per socket. SPEC
and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the
Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.

(2) SPARC T5-2
configuration: Java EE server, 1 SPARC T5-2 server, 2 chips, 3.6 GHz
SPARC T5, Oracle WebLogic 12c (12.1.2); Database server, 1 SPARC T5-2
server, 2 chips, 3.6 GHz SPARC T5, Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1). The
SPARC T5-2 configuration cost is the total application and database
server hardware plus software. List price is $613,052 from http://www.oracle.com
as of 1/22/2014. IBM PowerLinux 7R2 configuration: Java EE server, 1
IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 2 chips, 4.2 GHz Power 7+, WebSphere Application
Server V8.5; Database server: 1 IBM PowerLinux 7R2, 2 chips, 4.2 GHz
Power 7+, IBM DB2 10.1 FP2. The IBM PowerLinux 7R2 configuration total
hardware plus software list price is $588,970 based on public pricing
from http://www.ibm.com as of
1/22/2014. Pricing does not include database storage hardware for IBM or
Oracle.

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