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Articles for the keywords: SPARC64 VII+
07 Sep 2011 Core Factor for T4 published [24554]
Suggestion Is that T4 Will Perform as Promised

Oracle has published an update to the Processor Core Factor Table, according to a blog post by Stefan Hinker. This update lists the still unreleased T4 CPU with a factor of 0.5, which leaves the license cost per socket the same compared to T3 while putting T4 in the same league as SPARC64 VII+ and all current x86 CPUs. A later announcement is expected that will provide performance details, although this core factor seems to confirm that T4 will deliver on Oracle's performance claims.
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05 Sep 2011 New World Record for Oracle Database 11g on SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) Standard Application Benchmark [24502]
SPARC Enterprise M9000 Beats All Previously Posted Records

Oracle announced that Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M9000 Server with 64 SPARC64 VII+ 3.0 GHz quad-core processors has set a new world record on the SAP Assemble-to-Order (ATO) standard application benchmark, delivering a record result of 206,360 fully business processed assembly orders per hour. In running this benchmark both the application tier and the database tier were deployed on a single SPARC Enterprise M9000 server, demonstrating its capabilities for workload consolidation.
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14 Jun 2011 SPARC Enterprise M5000 Delivers First PeopleSoft Payroll 9.1 Benchmark [24262]
Faster than $6m IBM z10 Mainframe with Nine 4.4 GHz Gen1 Processors

Oracle reports that its SPARC Enterprise M5000 server configured with eight 2.66 GHz SPARC64 VII+ processors together with Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage achieved world record performance on the Unicode version of Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Payroll (N.A) 9.1 with extra large volume model benchmark using Oracle Database 11g Release 2 running on Oracle Solaris 10. In setting this record, the SPARC Enterprise M5000 server processed payroll payments for the 500K employees PeopleSoft Payroll 9.1 (Unicode) benchmark in 46.76 minutes compared to a previous result of 50.11 minutes for the PeopleSoft Payroll 9.0 (non-Unicode) benchmark configured with 2.53 GHz SPARC64 VII processors resulting in 7% better performance, according to the Oracle release. The SPARC Enterprise M5000 server completed the end-to-end run in 66.28 mins, 11% faster than earlier published result of 73.88 mins with Payroll 9.0 configured with 2.53 GHz SPARC64 VII processors.
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08 Jun 2011 SPARC Enterprise M8000 Outdoes IBM POWER7 on TPC-H@1TB Benchmark [24239]
HP Superdome 2 also Outperformed by M8000

Among the recent records set by Oracle technology is the one reported in SPARC Enterprise M8000 with Oracle 11g Beats IBM POWER7 on TPC-H @1000GB Benchmark. In this instance an Oracle SPARC Enterprise M8000 server configured with SPARC64 VII+ processors, Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array storage, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 achieved a TPC-H performance result of 209,533 QphH@1000GB with price/performance of $10.13/QphH@1000GB, surpassing the performance of the IBM POWER7 server on the 1 TB TPC-H decision support benchmark.

The benchmark revealed that the SPARC Enterprise M8000 server delivers higher performance than the IBM Power 780 even though the SPARC VII+ processor-core is 1.6x slower than the POWER7 processor-core. The SPARC Enterprise M8000 server was found to be 27% faster than the IBM Power 780. IBM's reputed single-thread performance leadership did not provide benefit for throughput in this test.
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23 May 2011 Australian Agency Commits to Oracle Hardware Upgrade [24202]
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Opts for Oracle M4000 Servers

The Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) has agreed with Oracle to upgrade its existing SunFire V440 systems with a pair of Oracle M400 servers and an option for a third, all with attached storage arrays. The systems will be used to run Oracle RDBMS and other Solaris software and for disaster recovery and general system testing, reports Rodney Gedda in The M4000 servers will be to run mathematical modelling software and data storage for scientific instruments. The third system, if it is purchased, will be used to form a test cluster with the second machine.
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