Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud

On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days and weeks.

Please join Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Markus Flierl in New York City or our Live Webcast, and learn more about Oracle Solaris 11.2

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Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Infosys Finacle Supports Over 1.9 Billion Customer Accounts on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris 11

Infosys announced on April 9, 2014 that its Finacle core banking solution(1) running on an Oracle SuperCluster engineered system(1) has set new global benchmarks for the number of transactions processed across key banking functions. The solution supported over 1.9 billion(2) bank accounts with near linear scalability – a number higher than the current population of China the most populous country in the world(3)!

The tests were conducted across a mix of 12 business-critical online transactions and batch processes. The Finacle solution(1) was tested on an Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle SPARC T5 servers with Oracle Solaris 11 to determine its performance and scalability parameters.

The test also saw Finacle processing 726 million effective transactions in four hours, or over 50,000 average transactions per second, to manage workloads comprising of multiple online transactions and customer touch points as well as third-party systems. 
  • The Finacle core banking solution(1) processed interest accruals for over one billion term deposit accounts in less than 87 minutes, or an average of 213,000 records per second.
  • The solution demonstrated its ability to manage large delivery channel workloads by processing 204 million effective transactions in 35 minutes, or an average of 97,000 effective transactions per second.
  • Interest payments to over 79 million savings accounts were processed in 32 minutes, or an average of 41,000 transactions per second.
  • The test was simulated on the Finacle database of over 49 terabytes having over 205,000 branches and more than a million branch users.
  • Finacle’s latest performance levels(1) have shown an improvement of three to five times over its own earlier established benchmarks.

Infosys achieves Oracle SuperCluster Optimized Status
Infosys Finacle(1) has earned the Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that Finacle(1) has been tested and tuned on Oracle SuperCluster to deliver speed, scalability, and reliability to customers. Infosys is a Diamond level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Read the press release.

News spreads fast: Marketwatch, PRNewswire, Business Standard, Kerala IT News, AD HOC NEWS, moneycontrolIIFL, WN

More information about Infosys on Oracle SuperCluster:
Infosys Finacle Core Banking Solution on Oracle SuperCluster and Oracle’s SPARC T-Series Servers

Notes:
(1) Infosys Ltd., conducted a performance benchmark exercise of Finacle Core Banking Solution version 10.2.13 (herein referred to as ‘Finacle’) on Oracle Solaris 11.1 operating system, Oracle T4/T5 servers at the web, JEE and application layers. Further, Oracle RAC database was deployed on Oracle SuperCluster, WebLogic Server 10.3.6 was deployed on JEE servers and Oracle Http Server 11.1.1.6 was deployed on Web servers for online transaction processing mix of 12 business critical transactions
(2) The benchmark was simulated on Finacle database of size 49.84TB having 205,028 branches, 947,364,904 customers, total of 1,969,026,822 accounts, 17,825,570,000 transaction history and 1,037,904 branch user.
(3) China’s population figure as of 2012 from World Bank website
(4)As per the recent CEB Towergroup report titled Planning Your Cross-Channel Future published on Dec 2012, the total volume of transactions per year in US is 73.9 billion or 205 million transactions per day

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Solaris/SPARC Tip for April: Making Existing Software Licenses Work

Many ISVs license their software based on the number of CPU cores. In many instances, these licenses allow a particular instance of the software to be moved between systems as needed. In this age of massively-multicore CPUs, some customers find themselves unable to move said software to newer systems with larger core counts. "We have a license for at most 8 CPU cores, but are moving to a SPARC T4-4." What to do? 

Customers can, of course, make use of one or more of Oracle virtualization technologies, to create Solaris environments with the requisite CPU cores, but that is sometimes not possible or practical for some IT shops.

There is, however, a relatively simple solution, which makes use of Oracle VM for SPARC (aka LDom) software to disable CPU resources in the existing operating environment:

a) [Solaris 10] Download and install Oracle VM for SPARC (latest version is 3.1)

b) Limit the CPU resources of your system (no Guest LDoms needed, just restrict the current system (the Primary LDom)

No virtualized resource management needed. Just set it and forget it (or change it later).

The following checklist table details the required steps to implement this scheme on Solaris 10 and Solaris 11, using Oracle VM for SPARC 3.1, and assuming the software in question is licensed for 8 cores:

1) (Solaris 10) Download OVM for SPARC 3.1 (instructions here)

2) (Solaris 10) Install OVM for SPARC 3.1 (instructions here)

3) Enable OVM for SPARC: 
# svcadm enable ldmd

4) Set CPU resources current system:
# ldm list -o core
NAME             
primary

CORE
    CID    CPUSET

    0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
    2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)
    3      (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)
    4      (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
    5      (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
    6      (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
    7      (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
    8      (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)
    9      (72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79)
    10      (80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87)
    11      (88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95)
    12      (96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103)
    13      (104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111)
    14      (112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119)
    15      (120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127)
    16      (128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135)
    17      (136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143)
    18      (144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151)
    19      (152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159)
    20      (160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167)
    21      (168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175)
    22      (176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183)
    23      (184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191)
    24      (192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199)
    25      (200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207)
    26      (208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215)
    27      (216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223)
    28      (224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231)
    29      (232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239)
    30      (240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247)
    31      (248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255)

# ldm set-core 8 primary
# ldm list -o core
NAME             
primary

CORE
    CID    CPUSET

    0      (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
    1      (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
    2      (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23)
    3      (24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31)
    4      (32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39)
    5      (40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
    6      (48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55)
    7      (56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63)
    8      (64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71)

It's just that easy!

Friday Apr 04, 2014

IBM Supports Websphere Message Broker 8 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x86)

IBM supports Websphere Message Broker 8.0.0.4 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64).  See         

IBM Software Product Compatibility Report for details.



New World Records for SAP SD benchmarks on Oracle SPARC/Solaris


Oracle SPARC Servers have produced amazing results setting a new 32-processor systems world record for the SAP SD benchmark. These results attest to the power of the SPARC architecture and the unique scalability of Oracle Solaris. Customers running SAP on Oracle servers can leverage such performance to consolidate workloads and dramatically reduce data center costs.

The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that is indicative of full business workloads of complete order processing and invoice processing, and demonstrates the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. It represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments and it's the benchmark most widely used by SAP customers.

World Record for 32 processors:

Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server produced a world record result for 32 processors beating the IBM Power 795 32-chip system results.
  • The SPARC M6-32 server with 32 processors, 384 cores, and 3,072 threads achieved two-tier results of 793,390 SAPs with 140,000 users on the SAP Standard Application (SD) Benchmark using SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 running on Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Database 11g.
  • 15% faster than the IBM Power 795 32-chip results (32/256/1024)
  • 14% more SAP users per chip than the Fujitsu M10-4s 40-chip results (40/640/1280)
  • Details here

For more information about SAP on Oracle SPARC/Solaris see:

Oracle IT infrastructure Solutions for SAP
SAP Community Network: SAP on Oracle Solaris

Disclosure Statement
Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, SAP Enhancement Package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 as of 3/26/14:
SPARC M6-32 (32 processors, 384 cores, 3072 threads) 140,000 SAP SD users, 32 x 3.6 GHz SPARC M6, 16 TB memory, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Solaris 11, Cert# 2014008.
Fujitsu SPARC M10-4S (40 processors, 640 cores, 1280 threads) 153,000 SAP SD users, 40 x 3.0 GHz SPARC65 X, 10 TB memory, Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Solaris 11, Cert# 2013014.
Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmarks, SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0:
IBM Power 795 (32 processors, 256 cores, 1024 threads) 126,063 SAP SD users, 32 x 4 GHz IBM POWER7, 4 TB memory, DB2 9.7, AIX7.1, Cert#2010046.
SAP, R/3, reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is available for download

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is available for download!

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.


The Beta release includes:
  • New C++ compiler and  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 and command-line interfaces 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.

  • Start learning about these new features by reviewing the What's New document and check the Release Notes for the installation instructions, known issues and limitations of this Beta.

    Go to the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Learn More to get in-depth information on this release.
    Join the Oracle Solaris Studio Community Forums to hear what others are saying about the Beta and share your thoughts.


    Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

    Don't Try This At Home #1: Never Anger the Python

    We in Oracle Systems ISV Engineering work with Solaris. A lot. In doing so, we tend to 'push the envelope' in trying new things, and thinking 'out of the box', for our ISVs and ourselves.

    When deploying a new Solaris 11.1 instance last week as an internal infrastructure server (LDoms and Zones and Oracle 11g, oh my!!), one of our engineers determined that the default version of Python that comes with Solaris had a few minor issues with one of our applications.

    As we learned the hard way, you do not wish to replace the Python that comes with Solaris with an older version. No, Sir. Because, as some of us know, Solaris has made copious use of Python for a growing percentage of its userland infrastructure in the last few years. Solaris can't live without Python -- more specifically, the exact version of Python with which it ships.

    What happens when you replace that Python installation with a reasonable-but-earlier version? Bad things. Very bad things. Your system won't boot next time you want it to -- it will whine and tell you it has a bunch of unhappy SMF services, and will then dump you out in Single-user Maintenance mode. All attempts to use pkg or most any other CLI tools to bring back the original Python instance fail, because of the Python mismatch.

    We eventually sorted it all out, and thereby learned a hard lesson. By the way, multiple Python installations can co-exist in Solaris just fine -- just be very careful about all your PATHs, so that Solaris doesn't somehow end up using your second installation.

    Monday Mar 17, 2014

    Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is coming

    The Oracle Solaris Studio team is ready to release the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta with planned availability late March 2014, product general availability second half of 2014, and are now accepting nominations for customers and ISVs to participate.

    New features and functionality of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta include:

    • Compiler and library optimizations for Oracle SPARC-T4/T5/M5/M6, Fujitsu M10, and Intel Ivy Bridge servers
    • New C++ compiler and dbx debugger that support the C++2011 language standard
    • Performance Analyzer improvements that include a new "Smart Start" capability to guide application performance analysis, remote data analysis, and cross-architecture support
    • Code Analyzer improvements that reduce the overhead and improve the accuracy of memory leak detection and 40 other typical programming errors
    • Support for new OpenMP 4.0 standard, including Region Cancellation, Thread Affinity, Tasking Extensions and Sequentially Consistent Atomics
    • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) improved response time and reduced memory footprint to efficiently handle very large source repositories


    Quick update to this entry:
    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is now available for download!
    Start learning about these new features by reviewing the What's New document and check the Release Notes for the installation instructions, known issues and limitations of this Beta.

    Monday Mar 10, 2014

    Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee Program


    For the first entry in a long time, which will mark a new lease in the life of this blog, we would like to share an important and very good news for all Solaris developers: The Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee program has been extended to the end of 2016.


    Oracle Solaris has offered a binary application guarantee covering Solaris releases for more than a decade. A source code guarantee is also offered assuring developers that what they develop for SPARC will also compile and run on x86, and vice versa.

    For details see the Oracle Solaris Guarantee Program specifics.


    Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

    Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC)

    Adobe supports LiveCycle ES Central Output Server 5.7.1. on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe Output Server FAQ discusses the details of the supported configurations.

    Monday Jul 15, 2013

    Adobe supports ColdFusion on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

    Adobe supports ColdFusion 10 on Solaris 11 (SPARC). The Adobe "Tech Specs" document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

    Friday Jul 12, 2013

    Software AG releases webMethods 9.0 Suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC,x64)

    Software AG supports the webMethods 9.0 product suite on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Software AG supported Operating Systems Platforms document discusses the details of the supported configurations.

    Thursday Jul 11, 2013

    Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 89.0.2 on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

    Quest supports Spotlight for Oracle 9.0.2 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

    Wednesday Jul 10, 2013

    Quest supports Privilege Manager for Unix 5.0 with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

    Quest supports Privilege Manager for Unix 5.6 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

    Tuesday Jul 09, 2013

    Quest supports Foglight with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

    Quest supports Foglight 5.6.7 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

    The supported products known to us are:

    • Foglight 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86) 
    • Foglight Management Server 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
    • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7- Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
    • Foglight cartridge for infrastructure - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones 
    • Foglight for Operating System - 5.6.7 - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones
    • Foglight Agent Manager 5.6.7.2 Patch - Solaris 11 (SPARC and x86), zones

    Monday Jul 08, 2013

    Quest supports Shareplex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 with Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64)

    Quest supports SharePlex for Oracle 7.6.3.33 on Solaris 11 (SPARC, x64). The the Quest release notes discuss the details of the supported configurations.

    Thursday Jun 20, 2013

    Opentext releases Opentext Archive Storage Server 10.5 on Solaris 11

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    Opentext released the Opentext Archive Storage Server 10.5 on Solaris 11 (SPARC).

    Please find the details in the document "OpenText Archive Server Release Notes 10 (2013-05-13). The document is available through the OpenText customer Knowledge Center.

    The Sun QFS WORM file system is certified for compliance archiving by the OpenText Archive Server 10.5.  See document " OpenText Archive Server Storage Platforms Release Notes 10.5 (2013-05-15)" in the OpenText customer Knowledge Center for more information.

    Wednesday May 22, 2013

    Juniper Networks supports Steel-Belted Radius Carrier (SBRC) 7.5 on Solaris 11 (x86)

    Juniper Networks supports Steel-Belted Radius Carrier (SBRC) 7.5 with Oracle Solaris 10 and 11 (x64). See Juniper Networks Technical Documentation for details.

    SAP Netweaver supports Solaris 10 Branded Zones on Solaris 11

    SAP supports all SAP Netweaver products which are supported on Solaris 10 as well in Solaris 10 branded zones with Solaris 11. See SAP note 1824835 (authentication required, SAP customers only).

    Thursday May 16, 2013

    All IBM Products which support Oracle Solaris 11 on SPARC

    IBM maintains an excellent page (click here) with all products which are available on Oracle Solaris 11 (SPARC).
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