Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 Servers Set New World Record on SAP Sales and Distribution Parallel Standard Application Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Monday, 3 October 2011)

Eight of Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers, designed to deliver unmatched x86 enterprise-class performance, scalability, and reliability, posted the new overall world record on the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Parallel Standard Application Benchmark with the SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0.

Oracle's solution, which includes Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters ( Oracle RAC) running on top of Oracle Solaris with Oracle's Sun Storage 6780 array, supported a record 180,000 SAP SD-Parallel Standard Application Benchmark users. This breakthrough score demonstrates the superior scalability and performance of Oracle's software and hardware used in this solution.

On 7/10/2012 Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server was renamed as Oracle's Sun Server X2-8 server.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

SAP maintains a suite of benchmarks to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on various ERP application products. The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments. Specifically, the SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark has a two-tier ERP business test that represents full business workloads of order processing and invoice processing, while demonstrating the ability to run both application and database software on a single system. The SAP SD-Parallel Standard Application Benchmark runs the same workloads as the SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark and allows the use of parallel and distributed databases. The latest SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode) enables seamless multilingual support, and brings extra overhead related to processing of larger character strings associated with Unicode encoding. Unicode is a computing standard that allows for the representation and manipulation of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

Competitive Comparisons Table

  8x Sun Fire X4800 M2 IBM Power 795 4x Sun Fire X4470
Processor Intel Xeon E7-8870 POWER7 4.0GHz Intel Xeon X7560
Number of processors 64 32 16
Cores 640 256 128
Threads 1280 1024 256
Performance 180,000 SAP SD Parallel users 126,063 SAP SD users 40,000 SAP SD Parallel users
SAP SD Software version SAP EHP4 ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode) SAP EHP4 ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode) SAP EHP4 ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode)
Operating System (OS) Oracle Solaris 10 AIX 7.1 Oracle Solaris 10
Database Oracle Database 11g with Oracle RAC DB2 9.7 Oracle Database 11g with Oracle RAC
Certification Number 2011037 2010046 2010039
  • To facilitate this benchmark Oracle created a base configuration that included Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle RAC running on Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers, each equipped with eight Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors and Oracle Solaris.
  • A cluster of eight Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers running SAP ERP application Release 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) with Oracle Database 11g on top of Oracle Solaris 10 delivered the highest result ever posted on the SAP SD Application Benchmark.
  • This new result beat the best results of any kind published by IBM. Specifically, Oracle configuration is 43 faster than the best SAP ERP 6.0 EHP4 (Unicode) score of 126,063 SAP SD benchmark users posted by IBM Power 795 (see table) and 7 percent faster than the best SAP ERP (non-Unicode) score of 168,300 SAP SD benchmark users posted by IBM p5 595 (1).
  • This breakthrough Unicode-based result relies on Oracle Database 11g and Oracle RAC working with the latest version of SAP software to deliver superior performance. Unicode enables seamless multilingual support when running various SAP applications and requires a different version of the software.
  • Oracle's solution delivers the highest result ever recorded on the SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark and proves that a cluster of Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers, running Oracle Database 11g on top of Oracle Solaris 10, is well-suited to act as an enterprise-class ERP solution.
  • This result also highlights the optimal performance of SAP ERP applications on Intel Xeon processor-based Sun X86 servers running Oracle Database 11g on Oracle Solaris 10 operating system and demonstrates leadership ERP performance, database scalability and higher system availability unmatched by competing platforms.
  • Oracle’s result, posted by eight Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers with 64 Intel Xeon E7-8870 processors demonstrates 4.5 times better performance than four of Oracle's Sun Fire X4470 servers with 16 Intel Xeon X7560 processors. Both results were achieved using similar software configurations. In addition to highlighting the unparalleled scalability of Oracle RAC software, the results demonstrate the highly available environments that are simply not available from IBM.
  • In addition to the best ever published score Oracle replicated base configuration to create three more cluster results with the following outstanding performance(2):
    • Two node: achieved a result of 49,860 SAP SD-Parallel benchmark users
    • Four node: achieved a result of 94,736 SAP SD-Parallel benchmark users
    • Six node: achieved a leading result of 137,904 SAP SD-Parallel benchmark users
  • When measured with two-, four-, six- and eight-node configurations, as documented and certified by SAP AG, Oracle Database 11g with Oracle RAC running on Sun Fire X4800 servers with Oracle Solaris show an extraordinary 90% scalability, while maintaining superior performance and availability.
  • This result represents the largest SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark submission by any system, and highlights the scalability of Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Database 11g with Oracle RAC, and the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server cluster, which ran both the SAP application and database software on the same physical hardware. This makes Oracle's solution an ideal SAP ERP platform for customers looking to get seamless multilingual support for SAP applications in the most scalable and available manner.

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(1) SAP ECC Release 6.0 (non-Unicode) Sales and Distribution Benchmark. SD 3 tier, IBM System p5 595 (32 processors) 168,300 SAP SD Users, Certification Number 2005021.

(2) SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) Sales and Distribution Benchmark, results as of 9/12/2011:

    a. SD Parallel, 2 x Sun Fire X4800 M2 (each 8 processors, 80 cores, 160 threads) 49,860 SAP SD Users, Certification Number 2011040
    b. SD Parallel, 4 x Sun Fire X4800 M2 (each 8 processors, 80 cores, 160 threads) 94,736 SAP SD Users, Certification Number 2011039
    c. SD Parallel, 6 x Sun Fire X4800 M2 (each 8 processors, 80 cores, 160 threads) 134,080 SAP SD Users, Certification Number 2011038.

On 7/10/2012 Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server was renamed as Oracle's Sun Server X2-8 server.

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