Midrange Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 Server with Sun FlashFire Technology Delivers Record Performance on PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0


(As of Tuesday, 13 October 2009)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server, equipped with four SPARC 64 VII 2.53GHz processors, achieved world record performance on this popular human capital management (HCM) application benchmark using Oracle Database 11g running on Oracle Solaris 10.


The PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.0 Payroll (North America) benchmark represents typical OLTP workloads for a large organization processing employee payroll. The application calculates gross to net earnings, deductions and taxes, and is fully integrated with Oracle's other PeopleSoft Enterprise products, allowing for coordination of a wide range of salary, reward and expense payments.


  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server with four 2.53GHz SPARC64 VII processors and a Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array processed 240,000 employee payroll checks using PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 with three different execution strategies with an average CPU utilization of only 25%.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 server combined with Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology running eight parallel streams on the PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 benchmark using Oracle Database 11g output 360,000 payments with a total time of 67.85 minutes.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array is a solid-state Flash array that provides a significant I/O performance boost and has a read latency of only 0.5 msec. As evident from previous results measured on this benchmark, this is about 10 times better latency than optimized storage configuration of over 60 FC disks can deliver.
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