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Articles for the keywords: T3-1
19 Mar 2012 How Memory Allocation Affects Performance in Multithreaded Programs [25732]
Sniffing Out Lock Contention with Several Tools

If your new server has an alarmingly lower transaction rate than you had anticipated, Rickey C. Weisner suggests that you look first at lock contention in the memory allocator. His article demonstrates the use of prstat to determine whether there is lock contention. Demonstrated as well is the use of Professor Emery Berger's MT-hot allocator named Hoard, and of the mtmalloc (both old and new), and the libumem memory allocators. The question of which is best is answered by Weisner's use of a test harness, which appears to give the edge to the new mtmalloc.
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28 Jul 2011 The Oracle Hardware Management Pack [24395]
Indispensible Tool for x86 Servers

Oracle's Hardware Management Pack comprises two components: an SNMP monitoring agent and a family of cross platform Command Line (CLI) tools for managing and configuring Oracle Sun Fire x86 servers. The Sun Server Management Agent component provides an in-band SNMP agent for monitoring the server hardware and storage. The cross platform command line tools run on Solaris, Linux (Oracle Enterprise Linux, and current releases from Red Hat and Novell), and Microsoft Windows 2008. The tools. listed below, provide powerful and flexible configuration and update capabilities.

  • ilomconfig, configure the service processor
  • biosconfig, configure the BIOS
  • raidconfig, configure RAID components
  • fwupdate, update firmware
  • All configuration tools are Capable of loading

The Hardware Management Pack saved the day for Peter Tribble, who blogs about his efforts to build a jumpstart profile and to map from the WWN-based device names to physical positions on the chassis of the SPARC T3-1 and the x86-based X4170 M2.
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07 Jul 2011 SPARC T3-1 Record Results Running JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Day in the Life Benchmark [24327]
Bests IBM POWER7, IBM X3650 M2 Servers

Oracle has set new benchmark records with the SPARC T3-1 Server running JD Edwards Enterprise One Day in the Life. Using an Oracle SPARC T3-1 server for the application tier and Oracle's SPARC Enterprise M3000 server for the database tier, a world record result was produced running the Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications Day in the Life benchmark run concurrently with a batch workload. Performance was 25% better than an IBM Power 750 POWER7 server that was not running a batch component. Space/performance was also 25% better for the Oracle product than for the POWER7 as measured by the online component. The SPARC T3-1 server based result is 5x faster than the x86-based IBM x3650 M2 server system when executing the online component of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0.1 Day in the Life benchmark. The IBM result did not include a batch component. The SPARC T3-1 server based result has 2.5x better space/performance than the x86-based IBM x3650 M2 server as measured by the online component. Other aspects of the benchmark result can be found at the link above.
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08 Jun 2011 ORCInternational Surveys Users on TOC Between IBM/POWER and Oracle/SPARC Servers [24242]
Oracle Edges Out IBM in Several Categories

In their survey of managers familiar with the Oracle/SPARC and IBM/POWER servers, ORCInternational's purpose was to determine the responses of these individuals to issues such as the respective strengths and weaknesses of both sets of servers; factors affecting total cost of ownership (TOC); key system differentiators; and purchase criteria rankings. The respondents spanned several industries, including banking and finance, telecom, healthcare, and insurance.

Findings revealed that TOC, performance and acquisition cost (including hidden costs) were the three most important criteria governing product choice. Oracle surpassed IBM in terms of both fewer hidden costs and equal or better real-world performance. Oracle won greater favor in the category of required scheduled downtime as well.

Both the robustness and the scalability of Solaris OS won favor with a greater number of respondents than did AIX. Over-dependence on IBM consulting services was another condition that customers expressed wariness about. The need for such over-dependence was mitigated by Oracle's hallmark integrated solution approach to system design in the eyes of respondents.
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11 May 2011 SPARC T-3, Enterprise M-Series Servers Demonstrate Outstanding Performance [24172]
Several Benchmark Results Showcase SPARC Performance Superiority Across Oracle’s Software Portfolio

Several recent benchmark results demonstrate the viability of Oracle's integrated approach to hardware and software design, making it clear that Oracle solutions run optimally on Sun Oracle hardware. Oracle tested its SPARC T-Series and SPARC Enterprise M-Series servers in performance measures against IBM notably and in one instance delivered results nearly 2.5 times the IBM entry. Among the benchmarks involved were TPC-H@3000GB; JD Edwards EnterpriseOne "Day-in-the-Life" benchmark; and Oracle Communications ASAP. Oracle announced results as well for benchmarking tests using the Avitek medical Records application and on cryptographic performance of the SPARC T3 processor running the IPsec AES-256-CCM cipher. In every instance, Oracle's current line of servers outperformed either the competition or earlier versions of hardware.
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