Oracle CEO Larry Ellison recently debuted a new enterprise system called
the SPARC Supercluster. The system combines Sun Microsystems processing power with the
Solaris operating system and ZFS storage technology. Oracle claims
testing on the SPARC Supercluster recorded an astounding 30 million transactions
in the database per minute. This is triple the speed of the old benchmark of 10
million set by the DB2/P7 cluster from IBM.
They have melded the best technologies in the field and pushed the
performance of the combination well beyond the old
limits of enterprise systems. The SPARC Supercluster is designed as a
complete infrastructure for running RAC systems, and it moves data at speeds up to 40
Gigabytes per second. The hardware configuration that shattered
IBM's old record was a single SPARC Supercluster with 108 SPARC T3 chips, for a
total of 1,728 processor cores. The system also has 13TB of memory, 246TB
of flash storage, and 1.7 petabytes of total storage capacity.
SPARC Supercluster T3 Processor (Source: Oracle Corporation)