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What you need to know about Oracle SPARC Systems?

12.11.2013
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Oracle’s SPARC Systems are the most powerful machines which are ideal for the mission critical applications and computing. These high end servers are enormous but advantageous for applications in the Cloud, specifically Oracle Exadata for databases. Here we are going to see its technical aspects that you must know about it.

The performance of these super servers also held in parallelization, parallelized servers, networking and storage. But it also provides mechanisms for parallelization in virtual servers, operating systems, databases and middleware systems. It also added a high level of data compression and technology that allow us to use ten times less disk space. Infiniband technology for parallelized network speeds ten times more. Multiplied by 10 times less data to move, we got an opportunity to move data 100 times faster.

The SPARC SuperCluster integrated the new SPARC T5 CPUs (four or eight), the most powerful SPARC processor ever delivering exceptional multi thread and single thread performance.

The new generation of the processor architecture around the T5 machinery is 5 times more powerful than any other machinery and even as fast as Exadata databases and the Exalogic for Java.

On SPARC SuperCluster, everything has been parallelized: storage, servers, appliances ZFS storage and Infiniband switches.

In addition, Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 is a machine that combines outstanding qualities. It combines up to 256 CPU cores, the Exadata storage and ZFS, and a rich Infiniband connectivity.

The whole system is dedicated to critical applications so they do not suffer any weakness, although it is quite expensive, but worth to consider. Here is the theoretical explanation on Oracle’s new SuperCluster T5-8. The manufacture designed this extreme machine to fulfill the requirements of rapidly growing IT industry.

This new SuperCluster has been shown 2.5 times swifter performance than its predecessor. Oracle also believes that it is the most powerful system for database market which is 10 times faster than other technologies to achieve the same tasks. This seems good news for the companies who are using Oracle based applications and databases in their corporate environment.

Behind the all marketing ads there is a reality; SuperCluster T5-8 is actually a very high quality product.

In its Full Rack Version you will find following features

  • Two compute nodes SPARC T5-8 adding 256 SPARC T5 processor cores clocked at 3.6 GHz (2048 threads), 4 TB of RAM, 14.4 TB Hard Drive at 10,000 RPM, 32 Port 10gbe switch and 16 ports Infiniband QDR 40 GB/s. It will offer more processing power without difference and without fear of memory blockages side and inputs / outputs blockages.

  • Eight Exadata storage servers adding 96 cores Intel Xeon E5 2.3 GHz (192 logical cores), 12.8 TB of flash cache and a raw disk space of 57.6 TB (15,000 RPM, 14 GB/s band bandwidth, 57 GB/s bandwidth flash, 28,800 IOPS drive, 26 TB usable) or 288 TB (7200 RPM, 10 GB/s bandwidth, 53 GB/s bandwidth flash, 16,000 IOPS disk 128 TB usable).

  • A ZFS system common units of computation and storage, including a total of 16 core Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz, 192 GB RAM, 4 TB of flash optimized reading, 584 GB of flash optimized writing and 120 TB disk space at 72000 RPM, This storage system is generic, unlike the offer Exadata dedicated to SQL processing.

  • Finally, three Infiniband switches with 36 ports each QDR 40 GB/s is included in the rack. The cabinet 42U format also includes distribution units redundant power and everything needed to interconnect and mange these components.

The Half Rack offer is also available. Capacity nodes SPARC T5-8 and Exadata storage servers’ calculation have reduced it by half. The rest of the equipment remains unchanged.

For databases and cloud

Designed for Solaris 10 and 11 (Solaris 8 and 9 are supported as well), this cabinet all-in-one software is a showcase for the firm hands, starting of course with Oracle Database 11g Release 2. The SuperCluster T5-8 will be and extreme machine for data warehouses.

Java and Oracle WebLogic middleware offering helps, this whole show is also well suited for heavier-critical applications (preferably for those who implementing massive databases). The performance of Java is given as 10 times higher than those measured on other servers.

But that is not all. Both offering support for virtual machines and containers SPARC processors, the server is also intended to consolidate IT infrastructure. Oracle believes that Full Rack model can replace a hundred conventional servers.

Finally, Virtualization, the term mostly used to define cloud computing today. The temptation to use a SuperCluster T5-8 to set up a private cloud solution will be great for those able to afford such a powerful solution, which goes without saying.

Author Bio:

Paul Lopez, a technology writer and sales & marketing executive at bodHOST.com, a cloud & dedicated server hosting company based in New Jersey.

Published at DZone with permission of Paul Andrews, author and DZone MVB.

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