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INTEC SYSTEMS: Carriers' scalability problems in
telecoms billing systems beaten by Intec and Sun
Friday, July 30, 1999 12:48PM
* 40 CPU Sun processor and 4 Oracle instances hits major scalability target
* Latest client/server architecture offers linear scalability to growing carriers
New tests by Sun Microsystems and Intec Systems have demonstrated the
scalability of complex, multi-processor, multi-database client/server
architectures in one of the world's most demanding online processing
applications, telecoms billing. The purpose of the tests was to prove that
InterconnecT, Intec Systems telecoms billing solution, running the Sun
Solaris operating system on various Sun hardware platforms and Oracle
database configurations, can scale from the needs of the smallest start-up
telecommunication provider to the largest public telecommunications
The rapid growth in worldwide call volumes, new IP-based services, and the
increase in telecoms product complexity are presenting many carriers with a
problem - how to accept, process and store the huge amount of call
information generated by their switches and mediation platforms. A major
national carrier can handle upwards of 100 million calls per day. Processing
these volumes in real time is very, demanding, with some carriers struggling
to cope with the problem.
"Billing is a business-critical issue for all carriers, but they can only issue
accurate bills if their systems can take the load," said Intec Systems' MD,
Kevin Adams. "These tests were designed to show that by implementing a
very sophisticated parallel processing design, on state-of-the art hardware and
database platforms, we can offer carriers the power and scalability they
At maximum capacity, the tests indicated that in a single 8 hour period, on a
Sun Enterprise 10000 server with 40x400MHZ CPUs, and 16GB of memory
(significantly more memory than required, but reflecting the benchmark
machine configuration), InterconnecT can beat its key processing target with
up to 66 million Call Data Records (CDRs) in batch throughput when running
four Oracle database instances. Intec's largest customer currently requires 60
million CDRs processed per 8-hour period.
Tests also proved that running on Sun platforms, with Oracle v188.8.131.52.1, good
linear scalability was achievable by adding any of these types of
* additional CPUs,
* additional servers,
* additional Oracle database instances,
* and by machine upgrade.
Darren Peters, Global Alliances Manager of Sun
Microsystems, said "This flexibility in achieving scalability demonstrates the
technical efficiency of the Sun/ Oracle/ Intec architecture. Customers can
take whatever route to performance improvement is most suitable for them as
their business volumes grow."
Results in detail:
1. A Sun Enterprise 4500, running 8x400 MHZ CPUs, 2
GB of memory and Oracle v184.108.40.206 peaked at 18.6 million CDRs in an 8 hour
2. Adding multiple machines offers good scalability. One additional 4500
server, also with 8x400MHz CPUs, delivered 33 million CDRs, a scaling factor
of 1.77; 2 additional machines (24x400MHz CPUs in total) delivered
44.5million CDRs, a scaling factor of 2.37.
3. Up grading the server also offers scalability: a single Enterprise 6500
machine running 24x336MHz CPUs, peaked at 30.7 million CDRs.
4. Adding database instances offers scalability: Retaining the Enterprise
10000 machine, 16GB memory and database version, switching to
30x400MHz CPUs and two Oracle instances, 38 million CDRs were
processed with a dramatic increase to 66 million CDR's being processed
switching to 40x400MHz CPUs, and four Oracle instances.
Intec Systems has offices in the United Kingdom, South Africa, France,
Germany, Spain, Portugal, Singapore and Australia. Intec Systems is
dedicated to developing, marketing and supporting software for domestic and
international interconnect settlements for telecoms operators world-wide.
Intec Systems supplies the InterconnecT family of software, directly and
through partners and distributors, with over 40 installations around the world.
Oracle Corporation is the world's leading supplier of software for information
management, and the world's second largest software company. With annual
revenues of more than $8.8 billion, the company offers its database,
application server, tools and application products, along with related
consulting, education and support services, in more than 145 countries
around the world.