Oracle Press Release

Oracle Achieves World Record Result with SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark

Oracle Software and Hardware Deliver 2.4 Times More Performance than IBM

Redwood Shores, Calif. – September 26, 2010

News Facts

Today, Oracle announced that Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, together with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris, the #1 enterprise operating system and Oracle’s new SPARC T4-4 servers achieved an overall world record result, in addition to setting the highest result ever achieved with a clustered database, with the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark (1).
Oracle’s SPARC T4 servers, announced today, are available as 1-, 2- and 4-socket servers or as a single socket blade server module and are based on the new SPARC T4 processor which features higher clock speeds and a smarter core layout optimized for both throughput and single threaded processing.
This benchmark result delivers 2.4 times more performance than IBM, shattering their best result achieved on POWER7-based servers running IBM WebSphere and DB2 database (2), showcasing the outstanding performance and scalability of the entire Oracle stack, from web server software to storage hardware.
Compared to IBM’s best result, this world record also demonstrates the outstanding performance of the new SPARC T4 processor that delivers 20 percent more work per processor than POWER7 across the configuration. Comparing application server hardware, Oracle’s solution delivers 6.7 times better price/performance with nearly two times better performance per rack unit over IBM’s solution (1,2).

Benchmark Details

Oracle’s record-breaking configuration, powered by SPARC T4 3 GHz processors, included an application tier with a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, and database tier with Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Real Application Clusters running on a two-node SPARC T4-4 cluster with eight Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays, achieved 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (jEnterprise Operations Per Second).
Oracle's solution used Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Containers, demonstrating its ability to consolidate workloads with extreme efficiency, in this case running 16 instances of Oracle WebLogic Server Standard Edition Release 10.3.5 and Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM, the industry-leading Java Virtual Machine.
This world record result demonstrates that SPARC T4 servers running Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Containers are designed for every tier in the enterprise, from web to database, excelling on mission-critical single threaded and highly concurrent workloads and enabling customers to consolidate multiple applications on a single server.
Oracle’s WebLogic Server continues to hold the overall world record and the highest result using a clustered database (1) and the best 2-processor system benchmark in addition to delivering the highest performance per core (3) and per processor (4) of any result ever published on SPECjEnterprise 2010 benchmark.
SPECjEnterprise2010 is a Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE)-based industry standard benchmark, which tests an end-to-end technology infrastructure that includes server hardware, Java Virtual Machine (JVM), database, operating system, storage and network subsystems.
For the past decade, Oracle has consistently produced record-setting Java application server benchmarks across a broad range of hardware architectures and operating systems (5,6). For more information on Oracle’s leading results, visit: http://www.oracle.com/benchmarks.

Supporting Quote

“With this benchmark result, Oracle’s complete stack once again raises the performance bar for the industry and enables customers to build more powerful solutions for running enterprise Java applications,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technology, Oracle. “Demonstrating world-record performance with the latest SPARC T4-based hardware is proof of Oracle’s continued innovation and drive to provide complete, open and integrated solutions that help our customers better run their businesses.”

Supporting Resources

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SPEC, SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. All results from www.spec.org as of September 24, 2011:
1. 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: (World Record SPECjEnterprise2010 result. 1,671 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration). SPECjEnterprise2010 models contemporary Java-based applications that run on large JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) servers, backed by network infrastructure and database servers. The Application tier cost of acquisition for four SPARC T4-4 servers with Solaris 10 is $467,856 or $11.67/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle pricing from https://shop.oracle.com/ on 9/26/11. SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS: 40,104.86/16,646.34 = 2.4
2. WebSphere Application Server V7 on IBM Power 780 and DB2 on IBM Power 750 Express, 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (Best IBM SPECjEnterprise2010 result. 1,387 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration). The Application tier cost of acquisition for IBM Power 780 (3.86GHz Power7, 512GB RAM, AIX 7.1) is $1,297,956 or $77.97/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. IBM system pricing is from http://tpc.org/results/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 on 9/23/11. $77.97/$11.67=6.7x. Oracle app. tier configuration occupies 20RU of space, 40,104.86/20=2005 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. IBM app. tier configuration occupies 16RU of space, 16,646.34/16=1040 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. 2005/1040=1.93x round nearest 2x
3. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Linux running on a Sun Blade X6270 M2 Server with two Intel Xeon X5690 3.4 GHz processors, 5,427 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS: Aug 10 2011 (Best 2-processor system benchmark result and highest performance per core).
4. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Linux running on a Dell PowerEdge 910 server with four, ten-core Intel® Xeon® processor E7-4870 2.4 GHz processors, 11,946.60 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS (“best in class” SPECjEnterprise2010 result for a four processor system. Highest EjOPS per processor: 2986.65 EjOPS per processor).
5. Oracle WebLogic Server 11g on five-node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 cluster each with four 8-core UltraSPARC T2 Plus 1.6 GHz processors, 28,648.74 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@ Standard. (World Record SPECjAppServer2004 multi-node result – SPECJAppServer2004 is a retired benchmark.)
6. Fujitsu-Siemens Computers' PRIMEPOWER 450/2500, Oracle Application Server 10g: 5,991.73 TOPS@MultipleNode, 654.20 Euros TOPS@MultipleNode (Best Overall Performance Result, SPECjAppServer2002 benchmark – SPECjAppServer2002 is a retired benchmark).

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