Application benchmarks can be closely compared to Grand Prix car racing. Both pursue extreme levels of performance, while elite teams of engineers look at how to optimize the output of complex systems. By developing a deeper understanding of component interdependencies, limits and bottlenecks, the engineers can best apply their findings to real-world deployments.
Take Oracle’s recent x86 world record on the TPC-C benchmark for instance. The performance of the Sun Fire X4800 M2 is solid and with the surrounding components, moved this solution stack to record tpmC levels. Now when it comes to the database server, we see the value of the optimizations to Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel in Oracle Linux, as a direct result of the collaboration between Oracle’s Linux, Database and Hardware engineering teams.
But it is not only Oracle’s engineering teams that get our engines going, it is also the use of Samsung’s Green DDR3 memory, which was developed by Samsung engineers, that puts this solution into fifth gear. This benchmark is focused on performance, so at first glance it may seem odd to use eco-friendly technology, since we so typically equate higher performance with higher power consumption, but that clichéd scenario is just not the case. With Samsung’s memory you are getting more performance for less power, adding considerably to our record-breaking success!
Unlike Grand Prix car racing, where new and unproven technologies are tested, products like Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Samsung’s Green DDR3 memory, are production-grade and prime-time ready. With that, it is time to move into over-drive and leverage what we have learned from the benchmark teams by applying these insights into our own organizations. Do you have an application that needs to shift into overdrive? If so, contact us at .