Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Gaga over POWER7

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When you do something provocative, like wear a dress made of meat or advertise on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, you better know what you are doing.

Oracle today ran an ad that claims that the new SPARC Supercluster runs Oracle and Java twice as fast as the IBM Power 795. Let’s take a look at this claim.

  • None, that’s right none, of the benchmarks announced with SPARC T4 were run with the Supercluster configuration. So there really are no real data points for this Oracle system.
  • The footnote for the ad states that the claim is based on Oracle internal testing plus some sort of available information about the Power 795. Pricing is certainly not substantiated. How can you even do the math?
  • The IBM Power 795 is #1 in real world industry standard published benchmarks. As an example, real data shows that the IBM Power 795 is 3.9 times the performance of the Oracle/Sun M9000 for the SAP SD 2-tier benchmark, which we do have data for.(1)
  • If you’re going to be on the front page of a newspaper or have three heads on the cover of a magazine, make sure you know what you are doing.


    (1) IBM Power 795 on two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode): 32 processors / 256 cores / 1,024 threads, POWER7, 4.0 GHz, 126,063 SAP SD benchmark users, 0.98 seconds dialog response time, 96 percent CPU utilization running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 9.7. Certification #2010046 vs. SUN M9000 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 64 processors / 256 cores / 512 threads, 32,000 SAP SD benchmark users, SPARC64 VII, 2.88 GHz, Solaris 10, Oracle 10g , cert# 2009046
    Sources: Results current as of 9/29/11.

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    Written by benchmarkingblog

    September 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Posted in Oracle, POWER7, SPARC T4

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    1. Tis is great . Do we have a customer facing deck that we can use to present our response to the audacious oracle claims? thanks

      asheesh khaneja

      October 19, 2011 at 2:44 am

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