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Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Day 1

Had a fantastic day one at Oracle OpenWorld.

Here is the Collier IT group watching Mr. Ellison’s kickoff.

And a partial view of the humanity that is OpenWorld

From the Engineered Systems perspective the big announcement day 1 was the SPARC M6 – Terabyte Scale Computing.

Some of the specifics/features
12 S3 Cores running @3.6 GHz
48MB shared L3 Cache
Scalable to 32 processors
2 integrated 2×8 PCIe 3.0
4.27 billion transistors
3 Terabytes per second bandwidth
1.4 Terabytes per second memory bandwidth
1 Terabyte per second I/O bandwidth
384 cores
3072 threads
32 Terabyte system memory

This thing is quite the beast.

We were told that the M7/T7 chip is running in the lab now. It extends the software on silicon to include:
Database query acceleration
Application data protection
Java acceleration
Data decompression

The first day shows us that Oracle continues it’s growth in the SPARC space. Exciting things coming real soon in the Solaris/SPARC world.

Links – Week ending 8/2

MultitennantX2 with on . Please join launch to learn more –

at 25: Past, Present, and Future Register @ to hear the story of SPARC from the people who shaped it.

Need backup solution for compute assets? Check out refreshed Oracle Optimized Solution for Backup & Recovery

Oracle Engineered Systems eBook Now Available –

End-of-Life for SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 –

Oracle Solaris Cluster Product Bulletin, July 2013 –

Very cool videos about Upgrade to Oracle 12c –

How to Get Best Performance From the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

What makes 12c the most optimized App Server for Database 12c? Read the WP to find out

Some facts about T5 CPU architecture and “Software on Silicon”. What do you think about this new technology?

Excellent Reading! Part 2 – and WLS – Application Continuity –

Unveiling Oracle’s Latest Engineered System. Live webcast August 13th, 2013, 10am PT/1pm ET –

Beta testing begins this week for the new “Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c” certification exam (1Z1-060)

IDC White Paper: Oracle Virtual Networking Delivering Fabric Virtualization and Software Defined Networks

Double Maximum Memory Capacity for SPARC T5-1B & T5-2 Servers

YouTube Video: Hands-On Labs for Oracle VM –

Complete integration, continuous innovation: See how and systems are evolving: –

Database-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service –

The System Administration course is on Oracle’s top selling course list, check it out yourself

VM –

Oracle Technology Day: Plug into the Cloud with Oracle Database 12c – Kolkata –

for diagnostic purposes –

Oracle OpenWorld 2013

Excited to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2013 !

I attended in 2012 as well and was overwhelmed with the technical presentations over the 5 days I attended.

Some details at OpenWorld

Over 2500 technical sessions, it’s difficult at times to pick out which discussions to attend given the large number of presentation topics. You end up running out of “day” before you run out of sessions.

Hands on labs, hundreds of Oracle partners, all concentrated in one place.

Take a peek at the link posted above….. it is quite a valuable series of presentations.

It will be a busy September, I attend the Oracle University Partner Summit in New Orleans prior to OpenWorld, get a day and a half at home, then out to San Francisco for OpenWorld. I’ll be immersed in Oracle for two weeks straight.

I’ll share my thoughts during both events here.

A SPARC CPU Overview: SPARC64-VII+ (M3), T3, T4, T5, M5, M10 – how do they compare?

CPU Type

 SPARC64-VII+ (M3)  T3 T4 T5 M5  M10/SPARC64-X


M3000, M4000,
M5000, M8000,
T3-1, T3-2
T4-1, T4-2
T5-2, T5-4
M5-32 M10-1, M10-4,

CPU Core Codename

Jupiter++ S2 S3 S3 S3 Athena
CPU Clockfrequency 2.66-3 GHz 1.65 GHz 2.85-3GHz 3.6 GHZ 3.6 GHZ  2.8-3 GHz
Number of Cores per socket 4 16  8 16 6 16
Number of Threads per core 2 8  8 8 8 2
Minimum amount of RAM,
number of sockets,
and threads per Server
1 socket
8 threads
1 socket
128 threads
1 socket
64 threads
2 sockets
256 threads
8 sockets
384 threads
1 socket
4 threads (2 cores activated from 16)
Maximum amount of RAM, number of sockets and threads per Server 4TB
64 sockets
512 threads
128 GB
4 sockets
512 threads
4 sockets
256 threads
8 sockets
1024 threads
32 TB
32 sockets
1536 threads
64 sockets
2048 threads
L3 Cache no L3$
(12MB L2$ though!)
no L3$ 4MB 8MB 48MB no L3$
(24MB shared L2$ though!)

Virtualization supported

Dynamic Domains
(and Zones)

(and Zones)
(and Zones)
(and Zones)
Hard Domains,
(and Zones)
(and Zones)

CPU architecture (ISA)

sun4u sun4v sun4v sun4v sun4v sun4v

 OS supported

Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Solaris 10, 11 Control Domain: S11 only.
Guest Domains: Solaris 10, 11
Solaris 10, 11

noteworthy features

electronically separated domains 512 threads in 2010! First S3 based, single thread AND throughput 1024 threads in 8 RU
Mainframe class,
Mission critical
Software on Chip