On September 18, Oracle launched its new SPARC M8 processor, plus new systems and services built on the M8. By driving much faster analytics and transaction processing than x86 processors and SPARC M7, Oracle SPARC M8 provides a trusted, reliable engine for digital transformation.
The eighth generation SPARC M8 includes Software in Silicon v2. First launched in SPARC M7, Software in Silicon provides additional security protections and accelerates a variety of critical business tasks. SPARC M8 security includes always-on hardware-based memory protection and end-to-end encryption, and Data Analytics Accelerators deliver breakthrough performance for running database analytics and Java streams processing. For example, SPARC M8 delivers 2 times faster OLTP performance per core than x86 and 1.4 times faster than SPARC M7 microprocessors; and up to 7 times faster database analytics than x86. SPARC M8 produces 2 times better Java performance than x86 and 1.3 times better than SPARC M7 microprocessors, as well as 8 times more efficient Java streams processing.
The SPARC M8 processor powers three different T8 servers, an M8 server, and the SuperCluster M8 engineered system, and it will be the processor power behind the Oracle Cloud SPARC Dedicated Compute service. Oracle is committed to SPARC processor and server technology support and has committed support for the Solaris operating system until at least 2034, with support that includes monthly updates, quarterly patches, and new capabilities.
The real driver behind all of the performance metrics, system and service choices, and Oracle support is to help businesses embarking on their own digital transformations. New Oracle SPARC M8-based systems and IaaS deliver a high-performance modern enterprise platform, enabling organizations to deploy critical business applications and scale-out application environments both on-premises and in Oracle Cloud.
“SPARC M8 goes beyond conventional measures of performance and does more than deliver more cores, more threads, and faster processing,” says Marshall Choy, vice president of systems product management at Oracle. “SPARC M8 and Software in Silicon revolutionize computing by implementing software features in the processor to help businesses realize even better performance, efficiency, and security.”
Tom Haunert is editor-in-chief of Oracle Magazine.