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Sunday, August 23, 2009
 
T5440 Rocks [again] with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Workload

A while ago, I blogged about how we scaled Siebel 8.0 up to 14,000 concurrent users by consolidating the entire Siebel stack on a single Sun SPARC® Enterprise T5440 server with 4 x 1.4 GHz eight-core UltraSPARC® T2 Plus Processors. OLTP workload was used in that performance benchmark effort.

We repeated a similar effort by collaborating with Oracle Corporation, but with an OLAP workload this time around. Today Sun and Oracle announced the 28,000 user Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 10.1.3.4 benchmark results on a single Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 server with 4 x 1.6 GHz eight-core UltraSPARC T2 Plus Processors running Solaris 10 5/09 operating system. An Oracle white paper with Sun's 28,000 user benchmark results is available on Oracle's benchmark web site.

Some of the notes and key take away's from this benchmark are as follows:


TOPOLOGY DIAGRAM:

A picture is worth a thousand words. The following topology diagram(s) says it all about the configuration.

1. Single Node BI Non-Cluster Configuration : 7,500 Concurrent Users



Even though the Solaris Container was shown in a cloud like graphical form, it has nothing to do with the "Cloud Computing". It is just a side effect of fancy drawing.

2. Four Node BI Cluster Configuration : 28,000 Concurrent Users



COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Here is a quick summary of all the results that are published by different vendors. Feel free to draw your own conclusions. All this is public information. Check the corresponding benchmark reports by clicking on the URLs under the "#Users" column.


Server Processors #Users OS
Chips Cores Threads GHz Type
  1 x Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440 4 32 256 1.6 UltraSPARC T2 Plus 28,000 Solaris 10 5/09
  5 x Sun Fire T2000 1 8 32 1.2 UltraSPARC T1 10,000 Solaris 10 11/06
  3 x HP DL380 G4 2 4 4 2.8 Intel Xeon 5,800 OEL
  1 x IBM x3755 4 8 8 2.8 AMD Opteron 4,000 RHEL4


CAUTION

Although T5440 possesses a ton of great qualities, it might not be suitable for deploying workloads with heavy single-threaded dependencies. The T5440 is an excellent hardware platform for multi-threaded, and moderately single-threaded/multi-process workloads. When in doubt, it is a good idea to leverage Sun Microsystems' Try & Buy program to try the workloads on the T5440 server before making the final call.




Check the second part of this blog post for the best practices for configuring / deploying Oracle Business Intelligence on top of Solaris 10 running on Sun CMT hardware.

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(Originally posted on blogs.sun.com at:
http://blogs.sun.com/mandalika/entry/t5440_rocks_again_with_1
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Oracle Business Intelligence on Sun : Few Best Practices

The following suggested best practices are applicable to all Oracle BI EE deployments on Sun hardware (CMT and M-class) running Solaris 10 or later. These recommendations are based on our observations from the 28,000 user benchmark on Sun SPARC Enterprise T5440. It is not the complete list, and your mileage may vary.

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(Originally posted on blogs.sun.com at:
http://blogs.sun.com/mandalika/entry/oracle_business_intelligence_on_sun
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