Oracle reveals new features of eighth generation SPARC platform

Oracle Sparc serverOracle announced its eighth generation SPARC platform – powered by the new SPARC M8 processor — offers security enhancements delivering 2x faster encryption and 2x faster hashing than x86 and 2x faster than SPARC M7 microprocessors.

The SPARC M8 processor’s design provides always-on security by default and built-in protection of in-memory data structures from hacks and programming errors.

Engineered to run Oracle Database faster than any other microprocessor, SPARC M8 delivers 2x faster OLTP performance per core than x86 and 1.4x faster than M7 microprocessors, as well as up to 7x faster database analytics than x86.

SPARC M8 delivers 2x better Java performance than x86 and 1.3x better than M7 microprocessors.  DAX v2 produces 8x more efficient Java streams processing, improving overall application performance.

New processor delivers 7x Queries per Minute (QPM)/core than x86 for database analytics.

SPARC M8 processor-based systems, including the Oracle SuperCluster M8 engineered systems and SPARC T8 and M8 servers, are designed to integrate with existing infrastructures and include virtualization and management for private cloud.

All existing commercial and custom applications will run on SPARC M8 systems unchanged with new levels of performance, security capabilities, and availability.

SPARC M8 processor with Software in Silicon v2 extends the industry’s first Silicon Secured Memory, which provides hardware-based memory protection for intrusion protection and encryption and Data Analytics Accelerators (DAX) with open API’s for breakthrough performance and efficiency running Database analytics and Java streams processing.

Oracle Cloud SPARC Dedicated Compute service will also be updated with the SPARC M8 processor.

“Oracle has long been a pioneer in engineering software and hardware together to secure high-performance infrastructure for any workload of any size,” said Edward Screven, chief corporate architect, Oracle.

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