Thursday Oct 09, 2014

ECS electraSWITCH On Oracle SPARC T5: 5x Better Performance, Linear Scaling

ElectraCard Services, a MasterCard company, and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests of electraSWITCH iTX on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer transaction mixes for Switching, ATM Transactions and Authorization Transactions. The measured results on the SPARC T5-4 were 5X better than previous results on the SPARC T4-4 showed near-linear scaling.

electraSWITCH 10 iTX from ElectraCard Services is a powerful payment processing application software that acquires, authenticates and routes financial transactions from multiple channels such as ATM, POS terminals, mobiles, IVR and kiosks to account management hosts, utility companies, service providers and interchanges such as MasterCard, Visa or domestic networks.

Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design.

The following three real world workloads were run to measure how well these combinations of hardware and software could perform while supporting a very high OLTP load.

100,000 ATMs Supported, Linear Scaling

The ATM Transaction Processing workload involves the processing of financial transactions from ATMs. The mode involved a mix of 70% ONUS (card is used in same Bank’s ATM) and 30% NOT-ONUS (card is used in other Bank’s ATM). For both of these types, mix of 70% Cash Withdrawal & 30% Balance Inquiry Transactions were used. Transactions were pumped at 2 TPM for each ATM.

The tests showed 4x to 5x better performance on T5 compared to T4 both in terms of throughput (TPS) as well as the number of ATM’s supported. The tests also showed linear scaling from 1 to 3 sockets.

T5 Configuration & Results

T4 Configuration & Results

Note: T5 : 16 Cores Per Socket , T4 : 8 Cores Per socket


Over 20,000 Switching Transactions Per Second

A switching transaction comprises of receiving the transactions from a network such as VISA or MasterCard, which may
include transactions coming from e-commerce, POS, ATM etc. Transactions coming from the network are calibrated in
Transactions Per Second (TPS) sustained by the source switch and to be routed to the target switch. This mode comes in
effect when the switch is not having any information about the issuer of the transaction and hence there is no validation
performed by the SWITCH.

The tests showed that the workload scaled linearly from 2 to 6 sockets on T5. There is also about 2.3x better switching
performance in terms of TPS on T5 compared to T4.

T5 Configuration & Results

 T4 Configuration & Results

Issue Authorization

The issue authorization transaction is similar to the switching transaction where the transactions come from a network such as VISA or MasterCard, which may include transactions coming from e-commerce, POS, ATM etc. However here the switch possesses all the information about the issuer of the transaction and hence the SWITCH validates the transactions.

The tests showed 4x better performance on T5 compared to T4 both in terms of throughput (TPS)


T5 Configuration & Results

T4 Configuration & Results

Summary

These tests demonstrate that the combination of ECS electraSWITCH and the Oracle SPARC T-Series hardware prove to be a highly reliable configuration offering excellent performance with highly consistent scalability and broad flexibility for single-site or multi-site enterprise implementations for customers. In addition, the scalability of ECS electraSWITCH on the SPARC platform can make it easier for an organization to accommodate more users or higher loads, with additional servers or CPU cores.


Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

What happens when software moves into silicon?

On September 30, 2014 Oracle announced Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud which provides early access to revolutionary Software in Silicon technology that dramatically improves reliability and security, and accelerates application performance.

Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud provides developers a ready-to-run virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in a robust and secure cloud platform powered by the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in Oracle’s forthcoming SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris.

Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud is available today and was introduced at Oracle OpenWorld by John Fowler in his keynote speech today. It is also featured in DEMOgrounds booth SC-170 in Moscone South.

“Oracle’s Software in Silicon technology in the SPARC M7 processor is the result of close co-engineering between our software and microprocessor teams and the benefits it will bring to customers are dramatic,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “With the Software in Silicon Cloud, developers can take advantage of this revolutionary technology, bulletproof their code, and develop and run databases and applications faster.”

One example of the great features of the SPARC M7 Software in Silicon technology is in-memory query acceleration of the Oracle Database. Read this blog to learn more.

What happens when software moves to silicon?

Find out by testing your applications on the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud which provides developers a secure environment to test and improve their software and exploit the unique advantages of Oracle’s Software in Silicon technology.

Monday Aug 18, 2014

SPARC M7 Chip - 32 cores - Mind Blowing performance

Now that we've just announced our Next Generation Processor at the HotChips HC26 conference , my colleague Angelo Rajadurai has a great write-up on what was announced and what this could mean for our ISV partners, covering in particular the SPARC M7 new Software-in-Silicon features such as Application Data Integrity and the In-Memory Query Accelerator.

During the same presentation we also introduced the SPARC Accelerated Program to provide our partners and third party developers access to all the goodness of the M7's SPARC Application Acceleration features. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in knowing more about this program.


Friday Jul 18, 2014

Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5: 10X faster, 10X lower cost

The value any ERP system can deliver depends on real-world performance, not just theoretical capabilities. Infor and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests using Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer-based transaction mixes, at the Oracle Solution Center in Linlithgow, UK. The measured results were 10X faster than previous records and showed near-linear scaling in both 2-tier and 3-tier deployments.

Infor LN is a uniquely powerful ERP solution for complex manufacturing, optimized for distributed global operations and equipped with the tools to improve operational performance in manufacturing plants, across the supply chain, and throughout the aftermarket service business. Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design.

Realistic OLTP test loads were generated using a wide range of transaction types to measure how well these combinations of hardware and software could perform while serving a large number of simultaneous users under different performance densities. These tests simulated larger user counts and transaction loads per core than most Infor LN customers require.

Two testing configurations, found in high-demand business environments, were used:

  • 2-tier: The Oracle 11g R2 Database software and the Infor LN software were both deployed on the same physical server.
  • 3-tier: The Oracle 11g R2 Database and the Infor LN software were deployed on separate physical servers. 

The Infor LN application servers were connected via 40 Gbps InfiniBand links to the Oracle Database server which was connected to one Pillar Axiom 600 high performance, highly efficient modular storage system. All tests were conducted running Infor LN in unicode mode. When unicode mode is configured other character sets than standard ASCII - referred to as single byte mode - are supported. Because unicode characters need more resources to compute they influence application performance.

The results on the SPARC T5 server was measured to be 10X faster per processor than the previously best record performance measured for Infor LN on the M8000 16-processor (SPARC64 VII+) server.  An Oracle M8000 16-processor server is approximately 10X more expensive than an Oracle SPARC T5-4 server. The combined price/performance benefits of running Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5 servers prove to be extremely advantageous for customers.

Near Linear Scaling

Multiple configurations were tested and all showed near linear scaling for Infor LN:

• SPARC T5-4 for 2-tier deployments 

• SPARC T4-4 for 2-tier deployments

• SPARC T4-4 for 3-tier deployments

2-tier Infor LN OLTP throughput comparison:


Infor LN Scaling: 



These tests demonstrate that the combination of Infor LN and the Oracle SPARC T-Series hardware prove to be a highly reliable configuration offering, excellent performance with highly consistent scalability and broad flexibility for single-site or multi-site enterprise implementations for customers. In addition, the scalability of Infor LN on the SPARC platform can make it easier for an organization to accommodate more users or higher loads with additional servers or CPU cores.

Monday Jun 09, 2014

DB2 v10.1 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM has just released a fixpack for DB2 v10.1 which provides Solaris 11 support. Per the IBM DB2 support statement for Solaris:

Support for Oracle Solaris 11.1 was added as of DB2 v10.1 fixpack 4, released May 23rd, 2014. The DB2 v10.1 Information Centre does not yet reflect this change. Plans for DB2 v10.5 will be announced at a later date.

DB2 on Solaris 11 is supported on SPARC only. At this time there are no announced plans to support Solaris 11 for x64 platforms, or versions of DB2 prior to v10.1.

This fixpack is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM.

Monday Jun 02, 2014

Oracle regains the #1 UNIX Shipments Marketshare

Oracle has regained the #1 UNIX Server Shipments spot! According to IDC, Oracle’s share was 33.6%, up from 32.7% in the year ago period, and 32.2% in C4Q13: 

IDC: WW Unix Unit Shipments, Share, Growth

2014Q1

Share

Oracle

8,355

33.6%

IBM

6,919

27.8%

HP

6,549

26.4%

Fujitsu

1,069

4.3%

Dell

519

2.1%

NEC

63

0.3%

Others

1,380

5.6%

Total Market

24,854

100.0%

While the UNIX server space is currently undergoing some contraction (on a pure numbers basis), this can be traced in part to an overall consolidation trend, due to the greatly-increased price-performance of our systems. Consider this: one SPARC T5-4 system has 1/16th the number of sockets and 1/192nd the number of cores of the previous high-end M9000-64 system -- all at 5X the price-performance.

SPARC. Solaris. Nuff' said.


Thursday May 01, 2014

Oracle SPARC/Solaris - Coming to EMC World May 5-8


EMC World 2014 returns to Las Vegas May 5-8 at The Venetian! As data growth explodes, EMC creates the infrastructure that enables you to manage your business and your career. Come to EMC World 2014 to find out how we collaborate with EMC on Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC products:

  • The Solaris/SPARC kiosk, in the EMC Storage booth area

  • The Oracle Customer Meeting Room
    Meeting Room Toscana 3607
    Open every day for customer meetings

  • Theater Presentations
    Topic: Oracle SPARC/Solaris and EMC - An Unmatched Combination
    Location: Symmetrix VMAX booth (Booth #268)
    Presenters: Abhishek Gupta, Angelo Rajadurai, Oracle ISV Engineering
    Times:
       Tues 6 May 11:30 - 11:45AM
       Wed 7 May 11:00 - 11:15AM

Register today and meet us at EMC World to understand how you can benefit from Oracle Solaris and SPARC servers. 

Oracle also has Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Linux sessions and kiosks. Visit this Everything Oracle @EMC page for more information on all of Oracle presence in EMC World.


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

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

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.

Wednesday May 15, 2013

Build native Hadoop Libraries for Oracle Solaris 11

Need to make Hadoop fly on Solaris?

Here's the article which teaches you to build the native libraries to expedite operations.

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

IBM releases Websphere 8.0 on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

IBM released Websphere 8.0 on Oracle Solaris 11 for SPARC. See IBM Product Compatibility Report

Wednesday Mar 06, 2013

SAP releases Master Data Management (MDM) 7.1 on Solaris 11 (SPARC)

SAP released MDM 7.1 on Oracle Solaris 11 for SPARC. See SAP software requirements (SAP customer authentication is required). 

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