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SGI Announces Support for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Sets New Java Benchmark Record

SGI® Altix® UV 1000 Shatters SPECjbb®2005 Performance Records as World's Most Powerful Java Application Platform

FREMONT, CALIF. SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a trusted leader in technical computing, today announced immediate certification with Oracle Database 11g Release 2 on the SGI® Altix® UV 1000 system.

Customers can now leverage SGI Altix UV 1000 to run real-time transactional and analytical applications with Oracle Database 11g Release 2. The large shared memory of SGI Altix UV 1000 enables users to cache large amounts of data in the Oracle In-Memory Database Cache and accelerate response time for performance critical applications. Oracle customers today can now deploy a single Altix UV 1000 system to consolidate multiple Oracle Database 11g Release 2 instances and applications onto one machine as well as gain greater scalability.

"SGI Altix UV 1000 with support for Oracle Database 11g Release 2 enables customers to take immediate advantage of Oracle In-Memory Database Cache and dramatically reduce response time and accelerate overall throughput while running heterogeneous applications involving online transactions and batch processing," said Christian Tanasescu, vice president of software engineering at SGI.

SGI also achieved another world record for performance on the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPECjbb®2005 benchmark, an industry-standard measurement of Java-based application performance. Altix UV 1000, with 512 cores and 64 JVMs, outperformed its nearest competitors in two important metrics:

  1. Total system throughput (BOPS or Business Operations per Second) — SGI Altix UV 1000 outperformed IBM Power 795, its nearest competitor, by 25 percent in Java performance with a throughput of 26,328,087 BOPS using Oracle Java HotSpot.

  2. Multi Java Virtual Machine (JVM) performance per JVM instance (BOPS/JVM) — SGI Altix UV 1000 beat Dell by 43 percent with per JVM performance of 411,376 BOPS/JVM.

"The unprecedented SPECjbb2005 performance of Altix UV 1000 directly translates into meaningful business benefits for a wide range of multi-tier enterprise applications, from database to business applications," said Tanasescu.

The Altix UV 1000 configuration was powered by 64 eight-core Intel® Xeon® 7500 processor series, and ran the high performance Oracle Java HotSpot 6.0 JVM.

Able to scale both up and out, Altix UV's flexible and high-throughput architecture can run both distributed and memory-intensive business applications against an Oracle database. It efficiently scales-out when multiple JVMs demand it to maintain a faster response time for web applications, making it an ideal platform for multi-threaded Java applications.

Complete SPECjbb2005 results are available at:
http://www.spec.org/jbb2005/results/jbb2005.html

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Editor's note: SPECjbb2005 competitive results accessed from www.spec.org as of September 20, 2010.

The comparisons above are based on the best performing published results for each data set for the following hardware vendors:

1) SGI Altix UV 1000 configuration: 64 processors, 2.26 GHz (Turbo enabled, HT enabled) eight-core Intel Xeon X7560 CPUs, 1024 Threads, 4 TB of main memory, 64 instances of Oracle Java HotSpot 6.0 JVM. Scores achieved in SGI tests on September 7, 2010: 26,328,087 SPECjbb2005 BOPS and 411,376 SPECjbb2005 BOPS/JVM.

2) IBM Power 795 configuration: 32 processors, 4.0 GHz (HW Threads Enabled) eight-core POWER7 CPUs, 1024 Threads, 2 TB of main memory, 256 instances of IBM J9 2.4 JVM. Scores achieved in IBM tests on July 31, 2010: 21,058,767 SPECjbb2005 BOPS and 82,261 SPECjbb2005 BOPS/JVM.

3) Dell PowerEdge T610 configuration: 2 processors, 2.93 GHz (Turbo enabled, HT enabled) quad-core Intel Xeon X5570 CPUs, 16 Threads, 48 GB of main memory, 2 instances of Oracle JRockit 6.0 JVM.
Scores achieved in Dell tests on May 11, 2009: 573,825 SPECjbb2005 BOPS and 286,913 SPECjbb2005 BOPS/JVM.