The flurry of news from Oracle OpenWorld this week reminds me of the invasion of the Lake Erie midges. These insects swarm into action when the lake temperature is in the 60 degree range, in the spring when the lake is warming and then again in the fall when the lake is cooling. And for some reason this year it's been really bad.
This past week, there are clouds of them near the doors. They come in on the dog's tail. Don't open the windows. And whatever you do, don't turn on the lights.
In performance news today, Oracle highlighted a SPECjAppServer2004 result on an HP system using Oracle middleware. Hard to understand why it's news. IBM published a larger result using the same number of database server cores. On a POWER5+ system which was available 4 years ago.(1) Also today, Oracle announced a new system, the Exalogic Elastic Cloud, a middleware machine with "extreme" Java performance. Note that performance claims were based on "internal testing" with "improvements" seen. The big question is -- improvements over what? Just like with sister system Exadata, no real benchmarks, no real way to compare.
Those midges are such a pain. But just remember. The midges live for about a week. They don't bite. And they are often eaten by small birds or end up squashed on car windshields.
(1) IBM SPECjAppServer2004 result of 22,634.13 JOPS using WebSphere Application Server V18.104.22.168 on IBM BladeCenter HS21 blades. Sixteen HS21 application servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server Update 2 were used. Each app server consisted of two quad-core Intel Xeon X5470 3.325 GHz processor chips (8 cores, 2 chips, 4 cores/chip, 16384 MB memory). The database server was an IBM System p5-595 configured with dual-core 2.1 GHz processor chips (64 cores, 32 chips, 2 cores/chip, 393216 MB memory) running IBM DB2 9.5 on IBM AIX 5L v5.3. DS4800 storage controllers were used. Oracle Web Logic Server on an HP ProLiant DL980 G7 server with eight, 8-Core Intel® Xeon® X7560 processor (2.26 GHz processors (64 cores)), 20,092.36 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@ Standard.
Source: www.spec.org. Results current as of 9/20/10.
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