Sparc-M-series-serverWith everyone talking about big data, the need for a big sever to handle the bytes may be necessary. Oracle Corp.’s solution is the “Big Data Machine,” the newest server running its new Sparc M6 processor.

Officially called the M6-32, the server was announced Sunday at the opening of the annual five-day OracleWorld conference in San Francisco.

At the same time CEO Larry Ellison also announced a upcoming in-memory processing option for Oracle 12C Database that will run at “ungodly speeds” — running queries at 100 times faster and updating data two to three times faster than a standard database.

Designed to take advantage of that in-memory procession option, the M6 CPU has 12 cores (twice as many as the M5), 96 threads for parallel processing and up to 32 Terabytes of memory.  Thanks to its silicon-based switching network, throughput is 3 TBps.

It’s “the fastest machine in the world for databases stored in-memory,” CEO Larry Ellison told the opening day crowd.

He said the M6-32 has twice the memory, more cores and double the bandwidth than IBM’s biggest server, the P795, which runs up to 256 Power 4 GHz CPUs. But the M6-32 costs US$3 million vs. the P795′s US$9.6 million, he said.

It can be bought in supercluster form attached via Infiniband to Oracle Exadata database and storage systems.

Oracle says the M6-32 can search 341 billion database rows a second. For those with an M-series chassis, the M6-32 is available as a plug-in board that plugs. It is available immediately.

An in-memory database processes data faster than one where data is stored on disk.  A number of companies sell in-memory databases, including SAP HANA, MemSQL, EXASolution. IBM’s DB2 has an in-memory option, and the upcoming Microsoft SQL Sever 2014 will have it as well. Oracle also sells the Exalytics In-Memory Machine, a hardware-software bundle that uses the TimesTen In-Memory database Oracle purchased in 2005.

Now Oracle is adding the option of processing data in-memory to its flagship 12C Database. Pricing of the option wasn’t announced. But Ellison did say that it’s as easy to use as checking off an option on a menu. By  Howard Solomon read more