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Oracle and Fujitsu launch new M-12 server line

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April 4, 2017

We learned today that Oracle and Fujitsu have launched their mew Sparc M-12 server line, claiming the world’s fastest per-core performance in an enterprise server.

It's the follow-up to the existing M-10 server series which topped out with the Fujitsu M10-4S server which scaled up to 64 processors and 64 TB of memory.

The largest M12 configuration consists of 32 processors and 32 TB of RAM, but Oracle has claimed SPECint and SPECfp benchmark records with the new system.

For its part, the M12-2 server uses Fujitsu’s SPARC-64 XII CPU, which has up to 2.5x faster core performance than the prior M-10 design.

It features software-on-chip (SoC) technology and effectively boosts the number of simultaneous searches to twice that of the M10 when processing with Oracle Database In-Memory.

There can be up to twelve cores per processor, 32 MB of level 3 cache, PCIe Gen3 I/O, and DDR4-2400 memory. The new CPUs have error detection and recovery mechanisms for error protection across all CPUs.

Oracle asserts that the servers have guaranteed data path integrity, and configurable memory mirroring to boot.

As with the M-10, the M-12 processor uses Vapor and Liquid Loop Cooling (VLLC) technology, with liquid circulated through the CPU’s interior and being changed to vapour using the processor’s heat to cause the liquid-to-vapour phase change, and thus cooling it.

Oracle says it achieves approximately a 70 percent higher cooling performance than the Liquid Loop Cooling technology used in the Fujitsu M10-4 and M10-4S servers.

The software-on-chip technology implements certain software functions directly in the processor. There are two models: the dual-CPU M12-2 and the M12-2S, which can scale from 2 to 32 processors, with CPU Core Activation functionality to configure them in a capacity-on-demand style.

Customers buy core-based CPU Activation licences (CALS). Such CALs can be moved from one M12 Server system to another and, in the case of a CPU core failure, unlicensed cores will automatically take the place of the failed one.

The scale-up M12-2 can have up to 24 cores and 2 TB of memory with 64 GB DIMMs, 11 PCI Express 3.0 short low-profile slots, and up to 72 PCIe slots with optional PCI expansion units.

The M12-2S supports up to 32 TB of RAM and has a physical partitioning capability, with which the physical hardware can be split into multiple parts, with each part run as an independent system in and by itself.

Each building block includes up to 32 DDR4 memory DIMM slots, eight PCIe 3.0 slots, and eight 2.5-inch drive bays. Up to 58 PCIe slots can be supported with the PCI expansion unit.

A base M12-2S building block includes a single processor with 12 cores and can be upgraded to a dual CPU block.

These servers have Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Solaris Zones virtualization technologies embedded at no additional cost.

The building blocks, disks, power supply, I/O cards, and cooling fans are all redundant and hot-swappable.

Source: Oracle and Fujitsu.


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