Oracle Introduces Big Memory Machines and Enhanced In-memory Applications
September 24th, 2013 By: John Rath
Oracle takes over San Francisco this week, as its OpenWorld conference sets the stage for blockbuster announcements on hardware, software and the cloud. On Monday, Oracle (ORCL) announced new SPARC M6-32 servers and SuperCluster big memory machines, complemented by numerous applications now being enhanced with an In-Memory option. The event conversation can be followed on Twitter hashtag #OOW13.
Big Memory Machines
Oracle announced the SPARC M6-32 server and SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems, which is based on new 3.6 GHz 12-core SPARC M6 processors. The new SPARC M6-32 servers feature up to 32 terabytes of memory and 384 processor cores, and support electrically isolated Dynamic Domains which provide complete security, service, fault and resource isolation for maintaining maximum availability and isolation of consolidated workloads.
Additionally, Oracle VM Server for SPARC allows the creation of up to 128 virtual machines per Dynamic Domain, further virtualizing the massive memory and I/O resources of the SPARC M6-32 server. The Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 can provide 10 to 20 times faster performance on business critical applications, 10 times faster database queries and reporting, 10 times data base compression, and 5 times faster time to market. It contains the highest availability with no single point of failure and the highest consolidation ratios of any Oracle server.
“The SPARC M6-32 server and SuperCluster M6-32 fundamentally change data center economics by combining high end computing performance and availability with the cost efficiency of entry level servers,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Oracle. “With our big memory machines you can run huge databases and applications in memory to accelerate performance 10 or 20 times, and experience mainframe-like reliability without paying the high premiums built into other vendor’s high-end systems.”
Enhanced In-Memory Applications
Oracle announced In-Memory applications with the new Oracle Database In-Memory option for Oracle Database 12c, which helps customers accelerate database performance for analytics, data warehousing, reporting and online transaction processing (OLTP).
Every application that runs on Oracle Database 12c can automatically and transparently take advantage of Oracle Database In-Memory option. Existing applications will retain full database functionality while experiencing effortless speedups. Even more new applications will be developed that were previously impractical due to performance limitations. Applications include JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, PeopleSoft, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Value Chain planning.
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The best way to describe the Oracle M6-32 is a “Unbalanced Mess”. They took 4 x T5-8 servers reducing the cores from 16 to 12 gluing them together. This is supported by the fact there are just 4 Dynamic System Domains and not 32 which one would prefer for granularity of resources.
I’m picturing the latex glove where it is blown up like a balloon. It is grossly mis-figured. So many cores, so much memory yet only 64 PCIe slots, only 32 internal drives divisible into how many groups? Only 4 DSD’s yet 512 LDOM’s….barely enough to cover all the physical cores and still not enough to support all of the threads.
Let’s see a M6-8, M6-16 and a M6-24 along with the M6-32 all showing some benchmarks. I bet we would see the performance drop off from each tier significantly. Can’t imagine how poor the performance would be for customers actually using dozens of LDOM’s on this server. Oracle is simply about software. They want lots of cores with features that prevent you from limiting them. Big servers mean big dollars to Uncle Larry. I’ll stick with my IBM Power servers where I can control my Oracle software licensing. And I don’t need a 780 like Oracle likes to say. Where Oracles says 64 cores I use 16 IBM Power cores and still license just the cores I need for Oracle.