Oracle launches ‘unbreakable enterprise’ kernel for Linux

by CXOtoday Staff    Sep 21, 2010

oraclelinuxOracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) launched unbreakable enterprise kernel, a fast, modern, reliable Linux kernel that is optimized for Oracle software and hardware. The kernel is part of Oracle Linux, which was previously named Oracle Enterprise Linux.

“With the combination of Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, customers gain fast access to optimizations, new enhancements, and bug fixes. This new offering is a result of Oracle Linux kernel development efforts, on top of the current mainline kernel, and further distinguishes Oracle Linux as the best choice for enterprise customers,” said Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle.

According to Oracle, the kernel is faster than 75 percent performance gain demonstrated in OLTP (online transaction processing) performance tests over a Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) compatible kernel; 200 percent speedup of Infiniband messaging; 137 percent faster solid state disk access.

The kernel also provides optimizations for large NUMA (non-uniform memory architecture) servers; improved power management and energy efficiency; fine grained CPU and memory resource control. It supports the data integrity extensions and T10 protection information model, to stop corrupt data from being written to storage; hardware fault management enables improved application uptime; low overhead performance counters for tracing.

Oracle Linux continues to include Oracle’s existing Red Hat compatible kernel. Customers can choose to run the Red Hat compatible kernel if they prefer strict Red Hat compatibility over a system optimized to run Oracle and other enterprise software.

The latest edition of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and the new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud rely on the unbreakable enterprise kernel for extreme Linux performance.