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Validated Configuration Details
Configuration SummaryOracle Linux 6 Update 4 x86_64 on HP Proliant BL460c Gen8 and HP EVA4400 (HSV300) with Oracle Database 12c Release 1
Publication Date20-SEP-13
Version1.0
Server PlatformHPE Proliant BL460c Gen8
Storage ModelHP EVA4400 (HSV300)
Oracle SoftwareOracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.1.0) for Linux x86-64
Linux DistributionOracle Linux 6 Update 4 x86_64
Server and Storage Platform Details
Server Model2 X HPE Proliant BL460c Gen8
Processors4 X Hexa Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2640 2.5GHz
Memory64GB (8 x 8GB) DDR3 1600MHz RDIMMs at 1.5V
OnBoardStorage 300Gb 2.5" SFF 6G EG0300FBLSE HP Dual Port SAS 10k RPM Hot Plug Hard Drive
RAIDHP P220i Smart Array Gen8 Controllers
Network/Interconnect HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 554FLB FlexibleLOM
HBA HP QMH2572 8 Gb Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter for BladeSystem c-Class
Multipathdevice-mapper-multipath 0.4.9-64.0.4.el6_4.2.x86_64
Storage ModelHP EVA4400 (HSV300)
 
Switch Details
Switch Model2 X HP Virtual Connect 8Gb 24-port Fibre Channel Module for c-Class BladeSystem
Switch TypeFC Switch
Additional Info.None
 
Switch Model2 X HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port Module for c-Class BladeSystem
Switch TypeNetwork Switch
Additional Info.None
 
Linux Distribution Details
OSOracle Linux 6 Update 4 x86_64
Kernelkernel-uek-2.6.39-400.17.1.el6uek.x86_64 or higher
 
Additional Packages Needed From Distribution
bc-1.06.95-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
bind-utils-9.8.2-0.17.rc1.0.2.el6.x86_64.rpm
binutils-2.20.51.0.2-5.36.el6.x86_64.rpm
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.i686.rpm
compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.x86_64.rpm
elfutils-libelf-0.152-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
ethtool-3.5-1.el6.x86_64.rpm
gcc-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64.rpm
gcc-c++-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64.rpm
gdb-7.2-60.el6.x86_64.rpm
glibc-2.12-1.107.el6.i686.rpm
glibc-2.12-1.107.el6.x86_64.rpm
glibc-common-2.12-1.107.el6.x86_64.rpm
glibc-devel-2.12-1.107.el6.i686.rpm
glibc-devel-2.12-1.107.el6.x86_64.rpm
glibc-headers-2.12-1.107.el6.x86_64.rpm
initscripts-9.03.38-1.0.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
ksh-20100621-19.el6.x86_64.rpm
libICE-1.0.6-1.el6.i686.rpm
libSM-1.2.1.2.el6.i686.rpm
libXp-1.0.0-15.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
libXt-1.1.3.1.el6.i686.rpm
libXtst-1.2.1-2.el6.i686.rpm
libaio-0.3.107-10.el6.i686.rpm
libaio-0.3.107-10.el6.x86_64.rpm
libaio-devel-0.3.107-10.el6.x86_64.rpm
libgcc-4.4.7-3.el6.i686.rpm
libgcc-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64.rpm
libstdc++-4.4.7-3.el6.i686.rpm
libstdc++-4.4.7-3.el6.x86_64.rpm
libstdc++-devel-4.4.7-3.el6.i686.rpm
make-3.81-20.el6.x86_64.rpm
module-init-tools-3.9-21.0.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
pam-1.1.1-13.el6.x86_64.rpm
procps-3.2.8-25.el6.x86_64.rpm
sysstat-9.0.4-20.el6.x86_64.rpm
unixODBC-2.2.14-12.el6.x86_64.rpm
unixODBC-devel-2.2.14-12.el6.x86_64.rpm
util-linux-ng-2.17.2-12.9.el6.x86_64.rpm
xorg-x11-utils-7.5-6.el6.x86_64.rpm
xorg-x11-xinit-1.0.9-13.el6.x86_64.rpm
Oracle Packages
oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-9.el6.x86_64.rpmoracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-9.el6.x86_64.rpm installs the packages required for Oracle Database and sets the recommended system parameters. It is available in ULN channels and public-yum.oracle.com
oracleasm-support-2.1.8-1.el6.x86_64.rpmRequired for DB on ASM
oracleasmlib-2.0.4-1.el6.x86_64.rpmRequired for DB on ASM
Configuration Files
Conf File Settings Comments
/etc/security/limits.conforacle hard memlock 50000000 
 oracle hard nofile 131072 
 oracle soft nofile 131072# depending on size of db, these may need to be larger
 oracle hard stack 32768 
 oracle soft stack 10240 
 oracle soft nproc 131072 
 oracle soft memlock 50000000# set memlock greater than or equal to the sga size to allow oracle to use hugepages if configured
 oracle hard core unlimited 
 oracle soft core unlimited 
 oracle hard nproc 131072 
/etc/sysconfig/oracleasmORACLEASM_SCANORDER="dm"Configure Oracle ASM to recognize the multipath disk.To do that edit the ORACLEASM_SCANORDER variable in /etc/sysconfig/oracleasm file to provide the prefix path of the multipath disks
/etc/sysctl.confkernel.shmmax = 4398046511104# For 32bit architecture set (4GB-1) and for 64 bit architecture set 4TB
 kernel.shmall = 1073741824 
 net.core.wmem_max = 3145728 
 net.core.rmem_max = 4194304 
 net.ipv4.ip_local_port_range = 9000 65500 
 fs.file-max = 6815744 
 fs.aio-max-nr = 3145728 
 net.core.wmem_default = 262144 
 net.core.rmem_default = 262144 
 kernel.shmmni = 4096 
 kernel.sem = 250 32000 100 128 
 kernel.msgmnb = 65536 
 kernel.sysrq = 1 
 kernel.msgmax = 65536 
Filesystems Tested
Filesystem Mount Options Details
ASMNoneUsing Automatic Storage Management Library Driver (asmlib) on device-mapper devices for OCR,VOTE and datafiles
Driver Modules
Driver ModuleHP HPSA driver module
Versionv2.0.2-1
SettingsNone
Additional Info.The driver is supplied with Oracle Linux 6
 
Driver ModuleHBA driver module (qla2xxx)
Versionv8.04.00.07-k or higher
SettingsNone
Additional Info.The driver is supplied with Oracle Linux 6
 
Miscellaneous
Two networks, 1G for public and 10G for private.
The swap partition is 33GB.
Oracle Software Details
ProductOracle Database 12c Release 1, Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) for Linux x86-64
Version12.1.0.1.0
Patchesnone
 
Configuration Feedback
Bug No16823432
SummaryIO Performance degradation due to transparent hugepage enabled, when the system is under memory pressure.
Affects2.6.39-100 and upwards
SymptomWith THP enabled by default, RAC nodes may reboot due to slow I/O, when the system is under moderate memory pressure
Solution/WorkaroundDisable hugepages by the command echo never > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled and echo never > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/defrag
 
Bug No18474403
SummaryORA-27157 errors seen in ASM alert logs
Affects12cR1
SymptomDuring stress or destructive tests, ORA-27157: OS POST/WAIT FACILITY REMOVED messages are seen in ASM alert logs
Solution/WorkaroundORA- errors encountered during instance shutdown can be ignored
 
 
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