03 June 2009

Oracle and HP have taken back the #1 spot by setting a new performance record in the 1TB TPC-H benchmark. The HP/Oracle result puts the Oracle database ahead of both the Exasol (currently #2 & #3) and ParAccel (currently #4) results in the race for performance at the 1TB scale factor and places Oracle in the >1 million queries per hour (QphH) club, which is no small achievement. Compared to the next best result from HP/Oracle (currently #5), this result has over 9X the query throughput (1,166,976 QphH vs. 123,323 QphH) at around 1/4 the cost (5.42 USD vs. 20.54 USD) demonstrating significantly more performance for the money.

Some of the interesting bits from the hardware side:

  • 4 HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosures
  • 64 HP ProLiant BL460c Servers
  • 128 Quad-Core Intel Xeon X5450 “Harpertown” Processors (512 cores)
  • 2TB Total System Memory (RAM)
  • 6 HP Oracle Exadata Storage Servers

As you can see, this was a 64 node Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC), each node having 2 processors (8 cores). This is also the first TPC-H benchmark from Oracle that used Exadata as the storage platform.

Congratulation to the HP/Oracle team on the great accomplishment!

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