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B Core Count and Capacity-on-Demand

This appendix describes Oracle Database Appliance core counts and the capacity-on-demand feature in the following sections:

CPUs and Core Count

Each Oracle Database Appliance includes two nodes.

Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 nodes each contain 2 CPUs and each CPU has 12 cores. When you deploy Oracle Database Appliance X4-2, all 48 cores (24 cores in each server) are active with hyper-threading enabled by default.

Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 nodes each contain two CPUs and each CPU has eight cores. When you deploy Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, all 32 cores (16 cores in each server) are active with hyper-threading enabled by default.

Oracle Database Appliance nodes each contain two CPUs, and each CPU has six cores. When you deploy Oracle Database Appliance, all 24 cores (12 cores in each server) are active with hyper-threading enabled by default.

Oracle Database Appliance Bare Metal licensing is determined by the number of licensed cores that you have on your system. The capacity-on-demand licensing feature enables you to change the licensed licensed core count as your system resource needs change.

Initially set the number of licensed cores to the level currently required by your applications. Later, increase the licensed core count as your applications require more capacity. Change the number of licensed cores by obtaining and applying a core key to configure one of the options listed in the following tables:

  • See Table B-1 for Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 licensed core licensing options

  • See Table B-2 for Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 licensed core licensing options

  • See Table B-3 for Oracle Database Appliance licensed core licensing options

Table B-1 Bare Metal License Options for Oracle Database Appliance X4-2

Licensed Cores for Each Node Active Cores for Oracle Database Appliance X4-2

4

8

8

16

12

24

16

32

20

40

24

48


Table B-2 Bare Metal License Options for Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

Licensed Cores for Each Node Active Cores for Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

4

8

8

16

12

24

16

32


Table B-3 Bare Metal License Options for Oracle Database Appliance

Licensed Cores for Each Node Active Cores for Oracle Database Appliance

2

4

4

8

6

12

8

16

10

20

12

24


For Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform, license the number of cores you need for ODA_BASE. The number of licensed cores must be the same on both servers and can be any multiple of 2, from 2 to the maximum number of cores on each node for your platform, where the maximum is:

  • 24 on Oracle Database Appliance X4-2

  • 16 on Oracle Database Appliance X3-2

  • 12 on Oracle Database Appliance

After determining the performance requirements for you applications, reduce your system's initial core count to the level required, and increase them as your requirements grow.

Rules and Restrictions for Changing Core Count

Review the following rules and restrictions before changing the licensed core count:

  • Obtain keys for the number of hyper-threaded active cores that you want, based on the version of the hardware you are licensing:

    • For Oracle Database Appliance X4-2, you must select 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, or 24 for each server

    • For Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, you must select 4, 8, 12, or 16 for each server

    • For Oracle Database Appliance, you must select 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 for each server

  • Change the core count on Oracle Database Appliance according to the configuration of your system and the current core count. For bare metal installations, after you initially change the licensed core count to a lower number of active cores, you can subsequently only increase the count, whereas on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform, you can increase or decrease the licensed core count at any time. The following scenarios provide more details.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X4-2, if you change the licensed core count to 16 for each server node, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 20 or 24. If you later change the licensed core count to 20, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 24.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, if you change to licensed core count to 8 for each server node, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 12 or 16. If you later change the licensed core count to 12, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 16.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance, if you change the licensed core count to 6 for each server node, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 8, 10, or 12. If you later change the licensed core count to 8, then you can subsequently change the licensed core count to 10 or 12.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X4-2 Virtualized Platform, if you change your ODA_BASE CPU count to 8 on each server, then you can subsequently change ODA_BASE count on each server to 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, or 24. You can later change your ODA_BASE CPU count on both nodes to any of the valid values, which include all multiples of between 2 and 24 inclusive.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 Virtualized Platform, if you change your ODA_BASE CPU count to 8 on each server, then you can subsequently change ODA_BASE count on each server to 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, or 16. You can later change your ODA_BASE CPU count on both nodes to any of the valid values, which include all multiples of between 2 and 16 inclusive.

    • On Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platform, if you change your ODA_BASE CPU count to 8 on each server, then you can subsequently change ODA_BASE count on each server to 2, 4, 6, 10, or 12. You can later change your ODA_BASE CPU count on both nodes to any of the valid values, which include all multiples of between 2 and 12 inclusive.

  • Ensure that you have the hardware Support Identifier (SI) to modify the core key on bare metal installations. You could have more than one product under a single SI, but core key generation is unique for each Oracle Database Appliance, and is registered for the serial number of that Oracle Database Appliance

  • Use the default configuration and do not change the core count if you want the maximum possible licensed core count for each server node. The maximum licensed core count on Oracle Database Appliance is dependent on the hardware version:

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X4-2, the maximum licensed core count is 24

    • On Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, the maximum licensed core count is 16

    • On Oracle Database Appliance, the maximum licensed core count is 12

    Note:

    If you followed the procedure to set your licensed core count to its maximum value, then you can no longer decrease your licensed core count on bare metal installations. If the error is caught immediately, then contact Oracle Support Services for assistance in correcting the error.

    See Also:

    Oracle Database Appliance Licensing Information for more information about core licensing

Changing the Licensed Core Count

Note:

If you change the core count after the initial deployment, both servers restart. After the initial deployment, change the core count at a suitable time to minimize downtime for users.

To change the licensed core count on bare metal platforms:

  1. Gather the following information:

    • Support Identifier (SI)

    • Oracle Database Appliance serial number

    • Core count value that you want to configure

  2. Log in to My Oracle Support:

    https://myoraclesupport.com
    
  3. Click the Settings tab and select Assets from the menu.

  4. Search for the serial number of Oracle Database Appliance in the asset list.

    If you cannot locate the serial number, then contact Oracle Support Services.

  5. Select the serial number of Oracle Database Appliance.

  6. Select Manage Key... from the available actions.

  7. In the Manage Cores Configuration Key dialog box, view the serial number of Oracle Database Appliance. If a key was previously generated, then you can view the current configuration.

    1. In the Cores Per Server list, select the number of active licensed cores for each server that you want. The value that you select applies to both servers on Oracle Database Appliance and the valid values depend on the hardware version:

      On Oracle Database Appliance X4-2, initially select 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, or 24 licensed cores.

      On Oracle Database Appliance X3-2, initially select 4, 8, 12, or 16 licensed cores.

      On Oracle Database Appliance, initially select 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 licensed cores.

      Subsequently, you could only select a number that is greater than the current number on bare metal installations.

    2. Click Generate Key to generate the key.

    3. Click Copy Key to Clipboard to copy the key to the clipboard.

  8. Paste the key into an empty text file and save the file to a location on Oracle Database Appliance.

  9. Log on as root to one of the Oracle Database Appliance server nodes.

  10. Note: The command in this step restarts both Oracle Database Appliance server nodes to complete the reconfiguration.

    Run the following command where key_file_location is the full path name of the text file that you created in Step 8:

    /opt/oracle/oak/bin/oakcli apply core_config_key key_file_location
    

    For example:

    /opt/oracle/oak/bin/oakcli apply core_config_key /home/myfile.txt
    

After the system restarts, Oracle Database Appliance is reconfigured, and both nodes are running with the specified licensed core count.

Note:

The procedure for changing the licensed core count is also documented in Oracle Database Appliance Licensing Information.

To change the licensed core count on Oracle Database Appliance Virtualized Platforms, follow the steps documented in the section "Resizing ODA_BASE" found in Chapter 5, "Managing Virtual Machines on Oracle Database Appliance."

See Also:

My Oracle Support note 1447093.1, "Oracle Database Appliance - Generating a Key via MOS to change your CORE Count" for additional information about requesting a key to change the core count, available from the following URL:

https://myoraclesupport.com