SPARC T4-Based Highly Scalable Solution Posts New World Record on SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark


(As of Monday, 26 September 2011)

Oracle’s SPARC T4-4 server set a new world record with a four-node SPARC T4-4 cluster running Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a two-node Sun SPARC T4-4 cluster running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC), and eight of Oracle’s Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays.

This complete Oracle hardware and software solution beat IBM’s best offering by over 2.4 times and 20 percent higher performance per processor across the configuration compared to IBM POWER7.

Oracle’s solution, running Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM, the industry-leading Oracle Java implementation, 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.


SPECjEnterprise2010 is an end-to-end, industry-standard benchmark that exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition, (Java EE) technology-based application environment, including server hardware, Java Virtual Machine (JVM), database, operating system, and storage and network subsystems.

The SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark was developed to aid potential users in understanding the capabilities of different solutions and uses a realistic scenario that incorporates ERP, manufacturing and supply chain management business cases. Because it describes an end-to-end business process and provides realistic opportunity to incorporate all of the key Java EE 5 technologies, the benchmark should be familiar and relevant to all users of Java EE 5 applications. The primary metric is the number of SPECjEnterprise operations per second completed during the test.


Table: Top Single Application Server Results on SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark

Solution EjOPS* Application tier Database tier Storage Other Hardware
Oracle (55 RU) 40,104.86 Four SPARC T4-4 servers (20RU) 16 x T4 3 GHz CPUs, 128 cores
Oracle WebLogic Server 11g 10.3.3
Two SPARC T4-4 (10RU) 8 x T4 3 GHz CPUs, 64 cores
Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle RAC
Eight Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays (8RU) Oracle's Sun Fire X4170 M2 servers (1RU) Eight of Oracle's Sun Fire X4270 M2 servers (16RU)
IBM (52 RU) 16,646.34 IBM Power 780 (16RU) 8 x POWER7 3.86 GHz CPUs, 64 cores
WebSphere Application Server V7.0
IBM Power 750 Express (4RU) 4 x POWER7 3.55 GHz CPUs, 32 cores
IBM DB2 Universal Database 9.7
IBM System Storage DS5300 (4 RU) Eight EXP5000 Storage Expansion Modules (24 RU) Four 3Com Switch 4200G 48-Port (4 RU)
  • Oracle posted a new absolute world record SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.
  • New SPARC T4-4 servers and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris posted the highest result with a clustered database.
  • This benchmark result delivers 2.4 times more performance than IBM, shattering their best result achieved on POWER7 servers running IBM WebSphere and DB2 database (see table), 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, which delivers 20 percent more work per socket than POWER7 across the configuration (see footnote).
  • Comparing application server hardware, Oracle’s solution delivers 6.7 times better price/performance over IBM’s solution (see footnote).
  • At the application tier, Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM, the industry-leading Oracle Java implementation, delivered nearly twice the performance per rack unit over IBM’s solution (see footnote).
  • Oracle’s end-to-end solution utilized Oracle Solaris with Oracle Solaris Containers to run 16 instances of Oracle WebLogic Server Standard Edition Release 10.3.5 and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM, thus demonstrating 4.8 times better performance per application server instance when compared to IBM’s result which used 32 WebSphere instances. This proves that SPARC T4-based servers are an attractive platform for consolidating multiple applications. Customers can quickly and easily move their existing physical environments to virtual containers on Oracle Solaris and take advantage of the performance, scalability, and cost savings of SPARC T4 servers.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays used in this benchmark hosted database files using Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM). The Flash array delivers outstanding performance in a compact 1RU form factor, which enables reduced power consumption and helps free up valuable data center floor space. In fact, Oracle’s solution offers a dramatic 3.5 times reduction of storage footprint compared to IBM’s Power 780 benchmark configuration (see table).
  • This new world record on the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark demonstrates that SPARC T4-4 servers outperform IBM’s Power 750 Express server on per socket basis at the database-tier.
  • Oracle’s complete, open, and integrated solution delivers the fastest ever result in the industry, and uses Oracle’s portfolio of products engineered to work together from application to disk: SPARC T4 servers, Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays, Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Solaris Containers, Oracle Java Hotspot VM, Oracle Weblogic Server 11g, part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database 11g.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Competitive data obtained from as of the date located next to the respective claim and this report. See the Website for latest results. SPARC T4-4 cluster: 40,104.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; 1,671 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration. IBM Power 780 and IBM Power 750 Express: 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; 1,387 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 on 9/26/1011. 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, adjusted to license 64 cores (w/o TurboCore). AIX 7.1 pricing is from $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. 2007/1040=1.92x round nearest 2x.

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