Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 Server Leads Four-Processor Category on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Monday, 13 October 2008)

Oracle's Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server running Oracle Solaris and Oracle Database 10g delivered the highest four-processor result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, an industry-standard measure of ERP performance. This breakthrough score outperforms systems based on IBM Power6 and Intel Itanium2 processors and confirms the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (with 4 processors, 32 cores, 256 threads) is the leading 4-socket server in the SAP SD 2-tier benchmark.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that represents full business workloads of order processing and invoice processing, while demonstrating the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments.

SAP maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on various SAP products.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

Competitive Comparisons Table

  Sun SPARC Enterprise T5540 IBM p570 (Power6) HP rx6600 IBM p 550 (Power6)
Space (RU) 4 8 7 4
Performance (Users) 7,520 4,010 1,725 3,104
Users per Rack Unit (Higher is Better) 1,880 501 246 776
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server, equipped with four UltraSPARC T2 Plus CPUs, posted the best four-processor result on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark, supporting 7,520 users. Additionally, the server is the first quad-processor system to exceed 37,000 SAPS, the hardware-independent metric that describes the performance of a system configuration in the SAP environment, all while maintaining the best rack unit to users ratio.
  • Additionally, this benchmark proves that the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server, running Oracle Database 10g on top of Oracle Solaris, the most reliable operating system in the industry, is well-suited to act as an enterprise class OLTP database server, providing supreme levels of compute density.
  • The result also highlights the vertical consolidation capability of the new server which ran both the SAP application and Oracle database on the same physical system.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server with four 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors shows 1.8x better scalability over Oracle’s Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 server with two 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T2 Plus processors and a 3.45x improvement over Oracle’s single-socket Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server equipped with a single 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server delivers almost twice the number of users in half the space, when compared to the IBM p570 server, equipped with four dual-core 4.7GHz Power6 processors and running AIX 5.3 OS.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server delivers 7.5x more users per RU when compared to the HP rx6600, equipped with four dual-core Itanium2 processors and running the Windows Server Enterprise Edition 2003 OS.
  • The Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server delivers 2.4x more users per RU when compared to the IBM p550 server, equipped with four Power6 processors and running AIX 5.3 OS.

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Results of two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark as of October 10, 2008: Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server (4 processors/32 cores /256 threads, UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 1.4GHz) running Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database 10g, and the SAP ERP application Release 6.0 (2005) - 7,520 SAP SD benchmark users, Cert#2008058. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5240 server (2 processors/16 cores/128 threads, UltraSPARC T2 Plus, 1.4GHz) running Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Database 10g, and the SAP ERP application Release 6.0 (2005) - 4,170 SAP SD benchmark users, Cert#2008021. Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 server (1x1.4GHz UltraSPARC T2 processor, 8 cores, 64 threads) running Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database 10g, and the SAP ERP application Release 6.0 (2005) - 2,175 SAP SD benchmark users, Cert#200705. IBM System p550 (4 x 4.2 GHz POWER6 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) running DB2, Red Hat EL 5. SAP ECC Release 6.0 - 3,104 SD benchmark users, 15,630 SAPS, 1.91 sec avg response time, Certification number 2008002. IBM System p 570 (4-way, 4 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) 4 x 4.7 GHz POWER6+, 64GB memory, 4010 SD Benchmark users, 1.96s avg resp time, Cert#2007038, Oracle Database 10g, AIX 5L Version 5.3. IBM p 570 (8RU in 2 building blocks). HP rx6600 (4 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) 4 x 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Itanium, 64GB memory, 1725 SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark users, 1.93 sec avg response time, Cert#2007040, MS SQL Server 2005, MS Windows 2003 EE.