SPARC T4-4 Server with Sun FlashFire Technology Delivers Record Performance on PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.1
(As of Monday, 26 September 2011)
Oracle's SPARC T4-4 server set a new world record on the extra-large volume model of Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll (North America) 9.1 application benchmark with Unicode Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris.
The new version of this popular human capital management (HCM) application benchmark is Unicode-based and processes payroll for 500,000 employees with 7 million SQL statements in the batch process. This result demonstrates that SPARC T4-based servers are well suited for batch processing and can handle very demanding workloads with significant headroom for future growth.
The PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 Payroll (North America) benchmark represents typical batch 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 SPARC T4-4 server with four SPARC T4 3 GHz CPUs and a Sun Storage F5100 Flash array using PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.1 application processed the payroll for 500,000 employees, calculating 750,000 payments in 30.84 minutes.
The SPARC T4-4 server delivered a new world record result on the extra-large volume model of this benchmark using a Unicode Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris with an average CPU utilization of only 30%, leaving significant headroom for future growth.
This new record breaking result improves upon the previous best score of 46.76 minutes posted by Oracle's SPARC Enterprise M5000 server by 34 percent with 51 percent better throughput.
The Sun Storage F5100 Flash array is a solid-state array that provides a significant I/O performance boost and has a read latency of only 0.5 msec. The SPARC T4-4 server with the Sun Storage F5100 Flash array had an average read throughput of up to 103 MB/sec and an average write throughput of up to 124 MB/sec.
Compared to the best published PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 (UNICODE version) result by IBM, the SPARC T4-4 server result with PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.1 (UNICODE version) is 2.8 times faster that the IBM z10 EC 2097 mainframe result of 87.4 minutes.
Compared to the best published PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.0 (non-UNICODE version) result by HP, the SPARC T4-4 server result with PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll 9.1 (UNICODE version) is 3.1 times faster that the Itanium-based HP Integrity rx7640 server result of 96.17 minutes. HP has not published results with Unicode version of this benchmark.