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28 Oct 2013
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Systems Performance - Book and Classes [33456]
By Brendan Gregg

Brendan Gregg writes, "My new book Systems Performance: Enterprise and the Cloud is shipping now from your favorite online book supplier (informIT, amazon). Thanks to those who have ordered a copy! I've already received feedback from people finding it useful, which is really gratifying.

I've also been using the book to help people more directly: last week I delivered a beta version of a Cloud Performance class, using the book as courseware. This class has additional labs, where the students solve simulated performance issues. It worked well, and I hope to be teaching more of these; the first will be held Nov 18-22 at Joyent's San Francisco offices..."
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07 Oct 2013
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Sun Server X4-2 Performance Running SPECjbb2013 MultiJVM Benchmark [33200]
Using Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK

Oracle's Sun Server X4-2 system, using Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK, produced a SPECjbb2013 benchmark (MultiJVM metric) result. This benchmark was designed by the industry to showcase Java server performance.

  • The Sun Server X4-2 system is 24% faster than the fastest published Intel Xeon E5-2600 (Sandy Bridge) based two socket system's (Dell PowerEdge R720's) SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS.

  • The Sun Server X4-2 is 22% faster than the fastest published Intel Xeon E5-2600 (Sandy Bridge) based two socket system's (Dell PowerEdge R720's) SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

  • The Sun Server X4-2 runs SPECjbb2013 (MultiJVM metric) at 70% of the published T5-2 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS.

  • The Sun Server X4-2 runs SPECjbb2013 (MultiJVM metric) at 88% of the published T5-2 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS.

  • The combination of Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle JDK 7 update 40 delivered a result of 52,664 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM max-jOPS and 20,553 SPECjbb2013-MultiJVM critical-jOPS on the SPECjbb2013 benchmark.

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01 Oct 2013
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SPARC M6-32 Delivers Oracle E-Business and PeopleSoft World Record Benchmarks [33003]
Linear Data Warehouse Scaling in a Virtualized Configuration

This result demonstrates how the combination of Oracle virtualization technologies for SPARC and Oracle's SPARC M6-32 server allow the deployment and concurrent high performance execution of multiple Oracle applications and databases sized for the Enterprise.

In an 8-chip Dynamic Domain (also known as PDom), the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record E-Business 12.1.3 X-Large world record with 14,660 online users running five simultaneous E-Business modules.

In a second 8-chip Dynamic Domain, the SPARC M6-32 server set a World Record PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 HR Self-Service online supporting 34,000 users while simultaneously running a batch workload in 29.7 minutes. This was done with a database of 600,480 employees. In a separate test running a batch-only workload was run in 21.2 min.

In a third Dynamic Domain with 16-chips on the SPARC M6-32 server, a data warehouse test was run that showed near-linear scaling.
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01 Oct 2013
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SPARC T5-2 Server Beats x86 Server on Oracle Database Transparent Data Encryption [33006]
8.0 GB/sec of read bandwidth while decrypting

Database security is becoming increasingly important. Oracle Database Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) stops would-be attackers from bypassing the database and reading sensitive information from storage by enforcing data-at-rest encryption in the database layer. Oracle's SPARC T5-2 server outperformed x86 systems when running Oracle Database 12c with Transparent Data Encryption.

The SPARC T5-2 server sustained more than 8.0 GB/sec of read bandwidth while decrypting using Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) in Oracle Database 12c. This was the bandwidth available on the system and matched the rate for querying the non-encrypted data.

The SPARC T5-2 server achieves about 1.5x higher decryption rate per socket using Oracle Database 12c with TDE than a Sun Server X4-2 system.

The SPARC T5-2 server achieves more than double the decryption rate per socket using Oracle Database 12c with TDE than a Sun Server X3-2 system.

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01 Oct 2013
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SPARC T5 Encryption Performance Tops Intel E5-2600 v2 Processor [33007]
Cryptography benchmark suite developed by Oracle

The cryptography benchmark suite was developed by Oracle to measure security performance on important AES security modes. Oracle's SPARC T5 processor with it security software in silicon is faster than x86 servers that have the AES-NI instructions. In this test, the performance of on-processor encryption operations is measured (32 KB encryptions). Multiple threads are used to measure each processors maximum throughput. The SPARC T5-8 shows dramatically faster encryption.

A SPARC T5 processor running Oracle Solaris 11.1 is 2.7 times faster executing AES-CFB 256-bit key encryption (in cache) than the Intel E5-2697 v2 processor (with AES-NI) running Oracle Linux 6.3. AES-CFB encryption is used by Oracle Database for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which provides security for database storage.

On the AES-CFB 128-bit key encryption, the SPARC T5 processor is 2.5 times faster than the Intel E5-2697 v2 processor (with AES-NI) running Oracle Linux 6.3 for in-cache encryption. AES-CFB mode is used by Oracle Database for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) which provides security for database storage.

The IBM POWER7+ has three hardware security units for 8-core processors, but IBM has not publicly shown any measured performance results on AES-CFB or other encryption modes.
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25 Sep 2013
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Sun Server X4-2 Delivers Single App Server, 2-Chip x86 World Record SPECjEnterprise2010 [33008]
Using the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor,

Oracle's Sun Server X4-2 and Sun Server X4-2L servers, using the Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor, produced a world record x86 two-chip single application server SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 11,259.88 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. The Sun Server X4-2 ran the application tier and the Sun Server X4-2L was used for the database tier.

  • The 2-socket Sun Server X4-2 demonstrated 16% better performance when compared to the 2-socket IBM X3650 M4 server result of 9,696.43 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.

  • This result used Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server 1.7.0_40, Oracle Database 12c, and Oracle Linux.

Complete benchmark results are at the SPEC website, SPECjEnterprise2010 Results.
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