Monday Apr 25, 2016

Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7

The Oracle SPARC M7 platform has incredible performance and some examples of it can be found in this blog. One very interesting customer example is with SAP ASE performance and scalability. SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (Sybase) database is used by University hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven). UZ Leuven is one of the largest healthcare providers in Europe and provides cloud services to 16 other Belgian hospitals, sharing patient records supported by the same IT infrastructure and systems. 

UZ Leuven was looking to increase the scale capacity of its SAP ASE platform to accommodate an anticipated 50% business growth in user transactions, along with added functionality of the application as more hospitals join the network. Their current load was about 80 million transactions per day for a 5 TB database.

420 vs 48 on Intel

The SPARC M7 platform proved to be the only platform that could linearly scale up to 420 SAP ASE clients, while their Intel E7-8857v2 platform scaled to only 48 clients.

The SPARC M7 platform also delivered better performance and response times while ensuring data availability and information security, critical needs for UZ Leuven’s patients. 

“Today, SPARC is the only suitable platform that meets our application needs. We selected SPARC servers over IBM and x86-based solutions because scalability and performance are essential for our mission-critical SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise database infrastructure. With the SPARC M7 servers, we can expand our business and grow at the speed of our customers,” said Jan Demey, Team Leader for IT Infrastructure, University Hospitals Leuven.

You can read the full story here.

In the next blog, we will discuss best practices for using Oracle Solaris ZFS file system for your SAP ASE database.

Monday Oct 26, 2015

New SAP-SD 2-Tier 1-node Benchmark Record on SPARC T7-2

Today Oracle announced an all-new family of SPARC systems with new dramatic advancements in memory protection, encryption acceleration, and in-memory database processing.

A new record result of 30,800 SAP-SD users for the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application benchmark has been published for one of the small servers in this family, the SPARC T7-2 server with 2 processors / 64 cores / 512 threads, SPARC M7 4.133 GHz, 16 KB (D) and 16 KB (I) L1 cache per core, 256 KB (D) L2 cache per 2 cores and 256KB (I) per 4 cores, 64 MB L3 cache per processor, and 1024 GB main memory. 

Comparing this result to other SAP SD results* shows the new SPARC M7 to be:

  • SPARC M7 1.9x faster per chip than x86 E5 v3 (Haswell)
  • 2-chip SPARC M7 nearly same performance as 4-chip x68 E7 v3
  • SPARC M7 2.9x faster per chip than IBM Power8 (6c)

The SAP SD benchmark results can be found here.    

* Results as of Oct. 26, 2015. Source: SAP, www.sap.com/benchmark.  The following two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) application benchmarks have been certified with SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0: SPARC T7-2, 2 processors / 64 cores / 512 threads, SPARC M7 4.133 GHz, 30,800 SD users, 168,600 SAPS, Solaris 11, Oracle 12c, 1 TB main memory. Certification Number: 2015050. Dell PowerEdge R730, 2 Processors / 36 Cores / 72 Threads, Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3, 2.3 GHz, 16500 SD Users, 90120 SAPS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7, SAP ASE 16, 262 GByte main memory. Certification Number: 2014033. IBM Power System S824, 4 Processors / 24 Cores / 192 Threads, POWER8, 3.52 GHz, 21212 SD Users, 115870 SAPS, AIX 7.1, DB2 10.5, 524 Gbyte main memory. Certification Number: 2014045


Monday Dec 14, 2009

Taking advantage of multiple cores

I just got a new computer with an i7 processor ( 4 cores x 2 threads per core). I am now far more aware of the dismal state of user software that is not multi-threaded. Many tasks that I expected to run much faster, are just as slow since they are not able to take advantage of the extra cores.[Read More]
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