Sun Blade X6270 Server Module and Oracle Database 10g Post Three Records on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Parallel Standard Application Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Monday, 12 October 2009)

Oracle’s Sun Blade X6270 server module equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors (8 core, 16 threads) and running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) with Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) on top of Oracle Solaris 10 delivered the highest two-, four-, and eight-processor Unicode results on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Parallel Standard Application Benchmark. As of October 12, 2009, the blade server supported 3,800, 7,220 and 13,718 SAP SD Parallel Benchmark users, respectively.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SAP SD Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that represents order-processing and invoice-processing workloads, while also demonstrating the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system. The SAP SD Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments. The SD-Parallel Benchmark runs the same workloads as the SD Benchmark and also allows to use parallel and distributed databases. SAP maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on various ERP application products.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

Two-Tier SAP SD Parallel Unicode Results

  Sun Blade X6270 2x Sun Balde X6270 4x Sun Balde X6270
Processors 2 4 8
Cores 8 16 32
Threads 16 32 64
Performance (SD Users) 3,800 7,220 13,718
SAPS 20,750 39,420 75,762
Improvement vs Single Node 1x 1.9x 3.61x
SAP SD Software Version SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode)
Operating System (OS) Oracle Solaris 10 Oracle Solaris 10 Oracle Solaris 10
Database Oracle Database 10g and Oracle RAC Oracle Database 10g and Oracle RAC Oracle Database 10g and Oracle RAC
Certification Number 2009039 2009040 2009041
  • These new Unicode-based results rely on Oracle Database 10g and Oracle RAC working seamlessly with the latest version of SAP software to deliver breakthrough performance. Results also highlight the optimal performance of SAP ERP applications on Intel Xeon-based Sun Blade server modules running Oracle Solaris 10 and the seamless multilingual support available for systems running SAP applications.
  • Unicode enables seamless multilingual support when running various SAP applications and requires a different version of the software. Sun pioneered the usage of Unicode-based SAP software in several benchmark publications to date and  gained significant expertise in lowering the additional resource consumption normally associated with Unicode software.
  • Oracle Database 10g running on Intel-based blade modules demonstrates superior ERP performance and database scalability leadership at two, four, and eight-processor levels[1]
  • A cluster of four Sun Blade X6270 server modules (8 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads), running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) with Oracle Database 10g on top of Oracle Solaris 10 delivered the highest eight-processor result on the two-tier SAP SD Parallel Standard Application Benchmark, delivering 66 percent better performance than the previous best eight-processor result of 8,280 SD users on SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) held by HP ProLiant DL785 G6 (8 processors/48 cores/48 threads) server running Microsoft SQL Server[2].
  • A cluster of two Sun Blade X6270 server modules (4 processors, 16 cores, 32 threads) running SAP ERP application Release 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) with Oracle Database 10g on top of Oracle Solaris 10 delivered the highest four-processor result on the two-tier SAP SD Parallel Standard Application Benchmark, beating the result of 4,665 SD users on SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) held by HP ProLiant DL585 G6 (4 processors / 24 cores / 24 threads) server running Microsoft SQL Server by 55 percent[3].
  • A single Sun Blade X6270 server module with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors, running Oracle Database 10g and Oracle RAC, is capable of supporting 3,800 SD users, the same number of users that Oracle’s Sun Fire X4270 server, also equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 processors, can support. Since the Sun Fire X4270 server was not using Oracle RAC, the identical results clearly demonstrate that there is no performance penalty for running Oracle Database 10g versus Oracle RAC. Moreover, the Sun Blade X6270 server module outscored the IBM System 550 server's result of 3,752 SAP SD users that was achieved with four POWER6 (8 cores, 16 threads) processors running AIX 6.1 with DB2 database[4].
  • These three new benchmarks highlight the near-linear scaling of Oracle RAC on Oracle’s Sun x64 hardware in a SAP environment. As documented and certified by SAP, the one-, two- and four-node configurations delivered near-linear performance improvement supporting 3,800, 7,220 and 13,718 SAP SD Parallel Benchmark users, respectively, while providing a high level of performance and availability for SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode).
  • The single Oracle RAC node delivers more performance-per-processor and per-core on the SAP SD Parallel Standard Application Benchmark running Enhancement Package 4 (Unicode) for SAP ERP 6.0 than the best non-clustered results from IBM DB2(3) and Microsoft SQL Server[5].

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. [1] Source: SAP, SAP Benchmark Results as of October 12, 2009. [2] Results of the HP ProLiant DL785 G6 (8 processors/48 cores/48 threads), SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) results: 8,280 SAP SD Benchmark users, 45,350 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009035. [3] Results of the HP ProLiant DL585 G6 (4 processors/ 24 cores/24 threads), SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) results: 4,665 SAP SD Benchmark users, 25,530 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009025. [4] Results of the IBM System 550 (4 processors/8 cores/16 threads), DB2 9.5, AIX 6.1, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) results: 3,752 SAP SD Benchmark users (938 SAP SD Benchmark users per processor, 469 SAP SD Benchmark users per core), 20,520 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009023. [5] Results of the HP ProLiant BL460c G6 (4 processors / 8 cores / 16 threads), SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) results: 3,415 Benchmark users (1,708 SD Benchmark users per processor, 427 SAP SD Benchmark users per core), 25,530 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009031.

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