Oracle Open World 2015: The advent of the ten microsecond revolution in Intel Optane SSDs

On the weekend  of October 24-25,  the database and applications world that for decades has depended on Oracle software, its features and stability, descended on San Francisco for Oracle Open World 2015. Intel a long time Innovation sponsor was at the show like we always are. In fact Sunday night, the festivities got underway with the always enlightening Larry Ellison keynote. Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich also had a part in the opening keynotes. Brian extolled many of the benefits of the Intel Oracle partnership in his keynote address, and Brian has insisted on providing only one demo at this event. That demo relates to memory architecture and new breakthrough non-volatile memory technology from Intel. That memory is called 3D XPoint technology. In August at Intel's Developer Forum, Rob Crooke and Brian Krzanich demo'd Intel's first 3D XPoint technology-based SSD under the branding of Intel Optane SSD.

What we showed on October 25 was a live, working prototype of our drive, in an Oracle Linux-based Intel Xeon Server, in an unfair competition against our best Intel SSD on the market today, the Intel DC P3700, NVMe based drive. This Optane SSD is also running on open standards NVMe with no special hooks or ladders. This system is an off-the-shelf Oracle Linux build, that you could put together yourself. This is the first Linux based demo that the our new 3D XPoint memory has ever been shown in. Exciting stuff indeed. Because more reliable, faster, and most of all consistent drives at low queue depths is exactly what your applications need. Especially in elastic Cloud, big data set scenarios.

Below is one of the screen shots comparing the two technologies. Similar to what was shown at Oracle Open World on October 25.

Here is the on demand video link to the presentation where at minute 23 the presentation and demo of 3D XPoint begins.

On Demand | Oracle OpenWorld 2015

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About Frank Ober

Frank Ober is a Data Center Solutions Architect in the Non-Volatile Memory Group of Intel. He joined 3 years back to delve into use cases for the emerging memory hierarchy after a 25 year Enterprise Applications IT career, spanning, SAP, Oracle, Cloud Manageability and other domains. He regularly tests and benchmarks Intel SSDs against application and database workloads, and is responsible for many technology proof point partnerships with Intel software vendors.