Optimizing Oracle Linux to Make the Most of the Intel® Xeon® Processor v3 Family


Intel and Oracle have worked together for over 20 years to ensure that hardware and software are optimized to work together for maximum performance and reliability. Don’t just take my word for it: Listen as two engineering experts from Oracle and Intel discuss how they work closely together to solve problems and create opportunities for their customers with co-developed technologies.

In this podcast, Guru Anbalagane, director of Linux Kernel Development at Oracle, and Dave Hansen, kernel engineer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, trade stories about how the two companies draw on deep co-engineering relationships to deliver mission-critical-ready engineered solutions.

The latest collaboration by Intel and Oracle has been the co-optimization of Oracle Linux and its Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel to support hardware innovations in the Intel® Xeon® processor. Anbalagane and Hansen discuss how Oracle Linux optimizations take advantage of power saving and energy management features in the new Intel Xeon processors, while at the same time delivering impressive performance gains. Oracle Linux also now incorporates support for the latest Intel Xeon reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) features.

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The years of close cooperation between Intel and Oracle deliver more than just enhanced performance and reliability. They also mean that Oracle and Intel engineers have open channels of communication to share insights and offer suggestions when necessary. Intel’s Hansen gives an example of how Intel and Oracle have worked together to troubleshoot issues and improve system performance.

For example, during benchmark testing, Intel engineers noticed that Oracle Database was taking a long time to load on the new Intel Xeon processors. Using performance analysis tools, they discovered that Oracle Linux wasn’t directing all the cores in the memory system to start up at the same time. Ultimately, Hansen identified a patch for the issue, and because of the cooperative relationship between Intel and Oracle, he made it available to Oracle, and it was ultimately incorporated into the mainstream Oracle Linux kernel.

After implementing this patch, Oracle’s benchmarking team found a 13x improvement in Oracle Database performance. Because of the shared information, our joint customers gained a big performance boost.

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These are just a few examples that Anbalagane and Hansen share about Oracle and Intel’s legacy of collaboration. You’ll hear how Oracle has incorporated Intel virtualization technologies into their cloud solutions, and how together they have optimized Oracle software for the new Intel® Solid-State Drive Data Center Family for PCIe*.

To learn more about co-engineered Intel and Oracle platforms that work together for maximum performance, manageability, and scalability, download the solution brief Oracle Linux on Intel Architecture: The Power and Freedom to Innovate.


For a deeper dive into Intel and Oracle’s work across the open source ecosystem, explore the Open Source Technology Center at 01.org.

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