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SPARC S7-2 Server Installation Guide

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Updated: June 2017

Conceptual Overview

The SPARC S7-2 servers provide enterprise class performance and Software in Silicon features in significantly lower-cost form factors. Newly designed microprocessors and hardware provides high level of system integration, excellent throughput, low memory latency, and high bandwidth IO interconnect. These servers deliver uncompromising price and performance for horizontal scale database, middleware, and cloud computing workloads.

Oracle Software in Silicon Features

The microprocessors for the SPARC S7 series servers offer co-engineered hardware and software capabilities that enable applications to run with the highest levels of security, reliability, and speed. This functionality is called Oracle Software in Silicon. These features include: Silicon Secured Memory – These APIs can be used, for example, to enable the detection of memory corruption issues, thereby enhancing applications data integrity (ADI) when an application uses its own custom memory allocator. With this feature enabled, an error is likely to be raised if an application tries to access memory to which it should not have access. For more information, refer to the adi(3C), adi(2), memcntl(2), mmap(2), and siginfo(3HEAD) man pages.

Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) – Coprocessors perform query-related operations directly through the hardware, which improves Oracle Database performance. You can use DAX hardware acceleration for Oracle Database 12c in-memory database operations. For more information about Oracle Software in Silicon functionality, refer to: https://www.oracle.com/servers/sparc/software-in-silicon.html. For more details on ADI, refer to the Oracle Solaris 11.3 documentation. To use DAX, you must configure the Oracle Database 12c in-memory feature. For instructions, refer to “Using the In-Memory Column Store” at: http://docs.oracle.com/database/121/ADMIN/memory.htm#ADMIN14257

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