Oracle SPARC T8-2 Server

Overview

The Oracle SPARC T8-2 is a 2 processor server with Oracle SPARC M8 Processors (each with 32 x 8 dynamically threading cores running at 5GHz) and Oracles “Software-in-Silicon” technology to massively accelerate operations such as SQL Primitives on OLTP Oracle Databases, Java applications, Queries of large, compressed databases in-memory and operations involving floating point data, virtualization using Solaris 11 and encryption all with little to no additional processor overhead.

DAX Units (Data Analytics Accelerator)

DAX Units operate on data at full memory speeds, taking advantage of the very high memory bandwidth of the processor.  This results in extreme acceleration of in-memory queries and analytics operations (i.e. generating data about your database data) while the processor cores are freed up to do other useful work.

DAX Units can handle compressed data on the fly, so larger DB’s can be held in memory and with less memory needed to be configured for a given database size.

The DAX Unit can also be exploited to handle Java applications whereby the available API is used by the Java application developers.

Oracle Numbers Units

These software-in-silicon units greatly accelerate Oracle database operations involving floating point data.  This results in fast, in-memory analytics on your database without affecting your OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) operations.

Silicon Secured Memory

This is capable of detecting and preventing invalid operations on application data via hardware monitoring of software access to memory.  A hardware approach is must faster than a software based detection tool that places additional overhead on your processors.

Each core contains the fastest cryptographic acceleration in the industry with near zero overhead.

Dynamic Threading Technology

Each of the 2 processors has 32 cores, each capable of handling 8 threads using dynamic threading technology that adapts to extreme single-thread performance or massive throughput 256 thread performance on the fly.

Efficient design with Solaris Virtualization technology means that a much larger number of VMs can be supported compared with Intel Xeon based systems, lowering per-VM cost.

Summary

This breakthrough in SPARC is enabled by the Solaris 11 OS.

Secure, Integrated, Open platform engineered for large scale enterprise cloud environments with unique optimization for oracle databases, middleware and application deployments.  Security is easily set up and enabled by default with single-step patching to the OS running on the logical domain, hosting immutable zones that allow compliance to be maintained easily.

You can create complete application software stacks, lock them securely, deploy them in a cloud and update them in a single step.

Oracle Solaris 11 combines unique management options with powerful application driven software-defined networking for agile deployment of cloud infrastructure.

More here, including full hardware specification, summarized below.

Specifications

PROCESSOR

Thirty-two core, 5.0 GHz SPARC M8 processor

Up to 256 threads per processor (up to 8 threads per core)

Eight Data Analytics Accelerator units per processor, each supporting four concurrent in-memory analytics engines with decompression

Thirty two on chip encryption instruction accelerators (one per core) with direct non-privileged support for 16 industry standard cryptographic algorithms: AES, Camellia, CRC32c, DES, 3DES, DH,
DSA, ECC, MD5, RSA, SHA-1, SHA-224, SHA-256, SHA-3, SHA-384, and SHA-512

Thirty two floating point units and thirty two Oracle Numbers units per processor (one per core)

One random number generator (one per processor)

CACHE PER PROCESSOR

Level 1: 32 KB instruction and 16 KB data per core

Level 2: 256 KB L2 I$ per four cores, 128 KB L2 D$ per core

Level 3: 64 MB L3$ on chip System Configuration

SPARC T8-2 servers are always configured with two SPARC M8 processors; not expandable

MEMORY

Sixteen dual inline memory module (DIMM) slots per processor supporting half and fully populated memory configurations using 16, 32, or 64 GB DDR4 DIMMs

2 TB maximum memory configuration with 64 GB DIMMs

INTERFACES

Network: Four 10 GbE (100 Mb/sec, 1 Gb/sec, 10 Gb/sec)ports, full duplex only, auto-negotiating

Disks and internal storage: Two SAS-3 controllers providing hardware RAID 0, 1, and 1E/10(ZFS file system provides higher levels of RAID)

Expansion bus: Eight low-profile PCIe 3.0 (four x8 and four x16) slots

Ports: Four external USB (two front USB 2.0 and two rear USB 3.0), one RJ45 serial management port, console 100Mb/1Gb network port, and two VGA ports (one front, one rear)

MASS STORAGE AND MEDIA

Internal storage: Up to six 600 GB or 1,200 GB 2.5-inch SAS-3 drives

Optional internal storage may be installed within the standard drive bays

800 GB solid-state drives (SSDs), maximum of six 6.4 TB NVMe drives, maximum of four

 

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