I'm happy to announce that the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud is available today.
Oracle’s revolutionary Software in Silicon technology extends the design philosophy of engineered systems to the chip. Co-engineered by Oracle’s software and microprocessor engineers, Software in Silicon implements accelerators directly into the processor to deliver a rich feature-set that enables quick development of databases and applications that are more reliable and run faster. Now, with the Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud, developers can have a secure environment to test and improve their software and exploit the unique advantages of Oracle’s Software in Silicon technology.
Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud provides developers a ready-to-run virtual machine environment to install, test, and improve their code in arobust and secure cloud platform powered by the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in Oracle’s forthcoming SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris.
This hardware-enabled functionality can be used to detect and prevent data corruptions and security violations. Test workloads have demonstrated average results of 40x faster than software-only tools, with some tests showing it’s more than 80x faster. This performance advantage illustrates the capability to eventually be always-on in production and not limited to test environments.
Oracle Software in Silicon Cloud users will have access to the latest Oracle Solaris Studio release that includes tools to detect numerous types of memory corruption errors and provide detailed diagnostic information to aid developers in quickly improving code reliability.
Code examples, demonstrations, and documentation will help users more quickly exploit the unique advantage of running applications with Software in Silicon technology.
Software in Silicon features implemented in Oracle’s forthcoming SPARC M7 processor include:
Application Data Integrity is the first-ever end-to-end implementation of memory-access validation in hardware. Designed to help prevent security bugs such as HeartBleed from putting systems at risk, it enables hardware monitoring of memory requests by software processes in real-time and it stops unauthorized access to memory whether that access is due to a programming error or a malicious attempt to exploit buffer overruns. It also helps accelerate code development and helps ensure software quality, reliability and security.
Query Acceleration increases in-memory database query processing performance by operating on data streaming directly from memory via extremely high-bandwidth interfaces –-with speeds up to 160 GB/s—resulting in tremendous performance gains. Query acceleration is implemented in multiple engines in the SPARC M7 processor.
Decompression units in the Software in Silicon acceleration engines significantly increase usable memory capacity. The units on a single processor run data decompression with performance that is equivalent to 16 decompression PCI cards or 60 CPU cores. This capability allows compressed databases to be stored in-memory while being accessed and manipulated at full performance.
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