SPARC T5-4 Server Produces World Record Performance for a Single Server on the TPC-H 3000GB Benchmark


(As of Friday, 7 June 2013)

Oracle's SPARC T5-4 server delivered world record single server performance of 409,721.8 QphH@3000GB with price/performance of $3.94/QphH@3000GB on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark. The four-chip SPARC T5 processor-based server is significantly faster than both the eight-chip IBM POWER7 processor and eight-chip HP Intel x86 processor-based servers.

The SPARC T5-4 server's TPC-H benchmark result demonstrates a complete solution for building a robust decision support system. The solution focuses on efficient processing of individual queries, the ability to manage large numbers of concurrent query processing streams, and emphasizes data storage for more throughput, protection of the stored data, faster loading, and the refresh of the data during business operations. The SPARC T5-4 server delivers superior performance and cost efficiency when compared to IBM's POWER7 solution.


The TPC-H benchmark was established by the Transaction Processing Council (TPC) to enable customers to evaluate the performance of various business intelligence/data warehousing (BIDW) and decision support systems (DSS) systems for various standard database sizes, referred to as the scale factor (SF). The benchmark measures the combined performance of a particular database manager on a specific computer system at various scale factors, including 100 GB, 300 GB, 1000 GB, 3000 GB, 10000 GB, and 30000 GB. It reports the composite TPC-H Query-per-Hour (QphH) performance metric, as well as the price/performance metric, which is the total cost of the solution, consisting of hardware, software, and three-year maintenance costs divided by the QphH.


TPC-H@3000GB, Non-Clustered Systems

Composite (QphH) $/perf ($/QphH) Power (QppH) Throughput (QthH) Database Available
3.6 GHz SPARC T5
4 Processors
2048 GB
409,721.8 $3.94 345.762.7 485,512.1 Oracle Database 11g Release 2 09/24/13
SPARC Enterprise M9000
3.0 GHz SPARC64 VII+
64 Processors
1024 GB
386,478.3 $18.19 316,835.8 471,428.6 Oracle Database 11g Release 2 09/22/11
3.0 GHz SPARC T4
4 Processors
1024 GB
205,792.0 $4.10 190,325.1 222,515.9 Oracle Database 11g Release 2 05/31/12
IBM Power 780 (8 Chip)
4.1 GHz Power7
8 Processors
1024 GB
192,001.1 $6.37 210,368.4 175,237.4 Sybase IQ 15.4 11/30/11
HP ProLiant DL980 G7
2.27 GHz Intel Xeon X7560
8 Processors
512 GB
162,601.7 $2.68 185,297.7 142,685.6 SQL Server 2008 10/13/10

The SPARC T5-4 server with four SPARC T5 processors is more than 2 times faster than the IBM Power 780 server with eight POWER7 processors, and 2.5 times faster than the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server with eight x86 processors on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark. The SPARC T5-4 server also delivered better performance per core than these eight-processor systems from IBM and HP.

The SPARC T5-4 server is 38% better in price performance compared to the IBM Power 780 server on the TPC-H @3000GB benchmark.

The SPARC T5-4 server delivered 6% better performance than the SPARC Enterprise M9000-64 server and is 2 times faster than the SPARC T4-4.


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