Oracle Press Release

Oracle Delivers World Record x86 Performance on Industry Standard Java Middleware and Transactional Database Benchmarks

Oracle’s Software and Sun x86 Servers Outperform IBM’s Best Comparable Results

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 29, 2012

News Facts

Today, Oracle announced two x86 world record benchmark results delivered by its industry-leading software and hardware, demonstrating the superior performance of the Oracle stack.
An x86 world record result was achieved on the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark, with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, the #1 application server across conventional and cloud environments; Oracle Database 11g Release 2; running Oracle Linux on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server(1). This single node world record outstrips the best IBM single node result, delivering 1.63 times more performance(2).
An x86 world record TPC-C benchmark result was set with the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server, running Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, Oracle Tuxedo, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2(3), beating the best x86 results from IBM(4) and HP(5) by 1.6 and 2.8 times respectively.

Oracle’s x86-Based Solutions Deliver Industry-Best Performance for Enterprise Workloads

SPECjEnterprise2010, x86 System and Single Node World Record: In this benchmark, which is based on real-world Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), manufacturing and supply chain management business cases, Oracle achieved both a single node and an x86 world record result of 27,150 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (SPECjEnterprise Operations Per Second).
The middle tier of Oracle’s solution was running Oracle Fusion Middleware and consisted of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM version 7 update 2, the industry-leading Java Virtual Machine, running on top of the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server.
At the database tier, Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 server running Oracle Database 11g Release 2, had data files distributed across four of Oracle’s Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays and log files placed on two of Oracle’s Sun Storage 2540 M2 arrays.
Compared to IBM’s best single node result using POWER7 processors, Oracle’s solution delivered higher performance per processor across the configuration. At the application tier, Oracle’s configuration was 1.63 times faster with over 5 times better performance per rack unit, while server hardware had a calculated price/performance advantage of 14 times over IBM Power 780(2).
Oracle WebLogic Server, running on Oracle’s most powerful Sun Fire server, now holds the x86 world record and a single node world record, in addition to holding the overall world record result on the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark(6).
TPC-C x86 World Record: On this industry-standard benchmark, the popular yardstick for comparing OLTP performance on various hardware and software configurations, Oracle achieved 5,055,888 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $.89/tpmC.
The Sun Fire X4800 M2 server, equipped with eight Intel® Xeon® E7-8870 processors and 4TB of Samsung’s Green DDR3 memory, running Oracle Database 11g, was 1.67 times faster than the best DB2 result running on IBM’s x86 server(4).
The Sun Fire X4800 M2 server, using Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays for database storage, surpassed HP’s best published x86 score with the Proliant DL580 G7 server, running Microsoft SQL Server, by 2.8 times(5).
Oracle Database 11g now holds the TPC-C performance world record for all x86 systems, as well as the overall world record(7).

Supporting Quote

"These benchmark results demonstrate the outstanding performance of the Oracle stack -- industry leading software running on state of the art x86 servers, along with networking and storage components. Customers can be confident that with Oracle’s complete technology stack, they have the best solution for running their Java applications and enterprise OLTP workloads,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technology, Oracle.

Supporting Resources

Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 and Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers
Oracle InfraRed blog, LinkedIn, Facebook

About Oracle

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Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. TPC-C, QphH are trademarks of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPC). SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
As of March 28, 2012: Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), www.tpc.org. Results from www.spec.org as of March 28, 2012.
(1) World Record x86 SPECjEnterprise2010 result: Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Linux running on a Sun Fire X4800 M2 server(5U) with eight Intel Xeon E7-8870 2.4 GHz processors, (80 cores, 8 chips, 10 cores/chip, 2 threads/core) 27,150.05 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.
(2) The Application tier cost of acquisition for Sun Fire X4800 M2 server with Oracle Linux is $148,490.40 or $5.47/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle pricing includes support and was obtained from https://shop.oracle.com/ on 3/20/2012. Price for Sun Fire X4800 M2 server in Large Configuration ($148,804.00) was adjusted to reflect the actual amount of RAM and additional PCIe devices used in benchmark that were disclosed via Bill of Materials. IBM WebSphere Application Server V7 on IBM Power 780 and DB2 9.7 on IBM Power 750 Express 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010EjOPS. The Application tier cost of acquisition for IBM Power 780 (3.86GHz Power7, 512GB RAM, AIX 7.1) was calculated by Oracle to be $1,297,956 or $77.97/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. IBM system pricing does not include any discounts or maintenance costs and was obtained from the publicly available document: http://c970058.r58.cf2.rackcdn.com/fdr/tpch/TPC-H_1TB_IBM780_Sybase-FDR.pdf, adjusted to license 64 cores (w/o TurboCore). AIX 7.1 pricing is from http://www-304.ibm.com/easyaccess3/fileserve?contentid=214347. $77.97/$5.47=14.25x, rounded down to 14x. Oracle app. tier configuration occupies 5U of space, 27,150/5=5430 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/U. IBM app. tier configuration occupies 16U of space, 16,646.34/16=1040 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. 5430/1040=5.22x, round nearest 5x.
(3) Best x86 TPC-C result: Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 server (8 chips/80 cores/160 threads) - 5,055,888 tpmC, US$.89/tpmC, available 06/26/12.
(4) IBM System x3850 X5 (4 chips/40 cores/80 threads) - 3,014,684 tpmC, US$.59/tpmC, available 09/22/11.
(5) HP ProLiant DL580 G7 (4 chips/32 cores/64 threads), 1,807,347 tpmC, US$.49/tpmC, available 10/15/10.
(6) World Record SPECjEnterprise2010 result: Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Solaris running on a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster, each system with four SPARC T4 3GHz processors, 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.
(7) Overall World Record TPC-C result: 27-node SPARC T3-4 Cluster with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Enterprise Edition with Real Application Clusters and Partitioning, 30,249,688 tpmC, $1.01/tpmC, Available 6/1/11

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