Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Servers and Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays Deliver World Record Database Result on TPC-C Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Tuesday, 03 November 2009)

Oracle, using 12 of Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 servers, 60 of Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays, and Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Partitioning, delivered a world-record TPC-C benchmark result. Not only does this result beat the next best result by over 25 percent in performance with up to 7x better new order transaction times, but it does so by using 1/8 the rack space and nearly 6x lower power consumption per unit of performance.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

TPC-C is an OLTP system benchmark. It simulates a complete environment where a population of terminal operators executes transactions against a database. The benchmark is centered around the principal activities (transactions) of an order entry environment. These transactions include entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders, and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

  • The 12-node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server cluster delivered a world record TPC-C benchmark result of 7,646,486.7 tpmC and $2.36 $/tpmC (USD) using Oracle Database 11g Release 1 on a configuration available 12/14/09.
  • The 12-node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server cluster beat the performance of the IBM Power 595 (5GHz) with IBM DB/2 9.5 database by 26% and has 16% better price/performance on the TPC-C benchmark.
  • The Oracle solution utilized Oracle’s Sun FlashFire technology to deliver this result. The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array, which was used for database storage, provides sub-millisecond I/O response times and much higher I/O rates than traditional disk. Typically, the Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array delivers 10-50x better I/O performance in much smaller rack space and with lower power consumption.
  • The complete Oracle solution had 10.7x better performance per physical footprint than an IBM configuration, resulting in more efficient utilization of data center space and power.
  • The complete Oracle solution used 8x fewer racks than the IBM configuration.
  • The complete Oracle solution delivered over 7x better new order response times than the IBM configuration.
  • The complete Oracle solution had 5.9x better power/performance than the IBM configuration.
  • The 12-node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server cluster beat the performance of the HP Superdome (1.6GHz Itanium2) by 87% and had 19% better price/performance on the TPC-C benchmark.
  • With this world record performance result, Oracle Database 11g with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Partitioning demonstrated excellent scalability across 12 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 servers and extreme data throughput capability with 60 Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays.
  • This result showed that Oracle's integrated hardware and software stacks provide industry-leading performance.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. TPC Benchmark C, tpmC, and TPC-C are trademarks of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPC). Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Competitive data obtained from http://www.tpc.org as of the date located next to the respective claim. See the Website for latest results. 12-node Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Cluster (1.6GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 4 processor) with Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Partitioning, 7,646,486.7 tpmC, $2.36/tpmC. Available 12/14/09. IBM Power 595 (5GHz Power6, 32 chips, 64 cores, 128 threads) with IBM DB/2 9.5, 6,085,166 tpmC, $2.81/tpmC, available 12/10/08. HP Integrity Superdome (1.6GHz Itanium2, 64 processors, 128 cores, 256 threads) with Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition, 4,092,799 tpmC, $2.93/tpmC. Available 8/06/07.

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