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Solutions for Today and the Future from LHS and Sun 3
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BSCS iX Benchmark on Sun Fire E25K
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Title
BSCS iX Benchmark on Sun Fire E25K
Document Version
1
Published
August 2006
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Table of Contents
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Table of Contents
Executive Summary
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Solutions for Today and the Future from LHS and Sun
3
BSCS iX
4
BSCS iX Advances............................................................................................................................4
Key Features......................................................................................................................................5
Key Business Benefits......................................................................................................................7
The Sun Fire E25K Server
8
Solaris Operating System ................................................................................................................9
Benchmark Test Environment
11
Hardware Environment...................................................................................................................12
Sun Fire E25K Servers .....................................................................................................................12
IO Subsystem....................................................................................................................................13
Hardware................................................................................................................................13
Sof ware
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Databases.........................................................................................................................................13
BSCS iX Setup.................................................................................................................................14
Benchmark Results
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Rating and Billing Preparation.......................................................................................................15
Charging Interface...........................................................................................................................16
Main Rating Applications ...............................................................................................................16
Rate Input Handler and Pre-Rate Input Handler...............................................................................16
Cost Control ......................................................................................................................................17
Balance Storage Handler ..................................................................................................................17
Complete BSCS iX Rating Chain......................................................................................................17
Best Option Plan .............................................................................................................................18
Rate Load Handler...........................................................................................................................18
Billing ...............................................................................................................................................19
Single Subscriber Billing ...................................................................................................................19
Single Subscribers with Promotions..................................................................................................20
Single Subscribers with Free Units ...................................................................................................20
Immediate Billing...............................................................................................................................20
Customer Management Server ......................................................................................................21
CMS Batch ........................................................................................................................................21
CMS Client Simulation ......................................................................................................................21
Selfcare Center .................................................................................................................................22
Conclusions
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Executive Summary
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Executive Summary
With IT and business requirements in the telecommunications industry becoming
increasingly complex, service providers rely more than ever on proven technology
from reliable vendors. Rapid developments in technology have paved the way for
advanced voice, data, and content services. Transaction volumes in the
telecommunications industry have reached new heights, meaning that system
performance has never been more critical. In order to handle large loads of data.
Working together, Sun and LHS offer the reliable, high-performance solution you need
to face these challenges. The BSCS iX architecture lays the groundwork for
outstanding performance outputs. With its parallel processing capabilities in rating and
billing, BSCS iX has achieved excellent results in these latest benchmark tests run on
the Sun Fire E25K server with the Sun Solaris operating system.
BSCS iX is certified for the latest hardware platforms, and its flexible and highly
scalable architecture can support operators whose subscriber numbers range from
entry level to 40 million and beyond.
In general, benchmark figures are meaningful only if they are based on “real-life”
conditions. In the laboratory, such conditions are stressed to the extreme to identify
and overcome potential boundaries and bottlenecks. The traffic logic varies from
medium to complex to ensure a realistic rating load. Typical usage patterns are
applied for traffic simulation.
Key results from the benchmark performance test are as follows:
Result Summary
Supports 40 Mio.
Subscribers
Billing for 40 million subscribers efficiently achieved
Supported 4800 concurrent users with response times < 1s
Billing
1.125 million bills produced per hour
1.265 million bills produced per hour
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129 thousand immediate billing requests processed per hour
Rating
278 million records rated per hour
Customer Care
Approximately 600 thousand contracts created per hour
Served 4800 concurrent customer service representatives
Supported 10,000 concurrent self-care clients
Startup
Data for 40 million subscribers extracted in 45 minutes
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This measurement demonstrates the performance improvement gained with the
recently announced 1.8 GHz USIV+. All other benchmark tests were executed using
USIV+ processors clocked at 1.5 GHz.
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Solutions for Today and the Future from LHS and Sun
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Solutions for Today and the Future from LHS and Sun
BSCS iX from LHS and the Sun Fire servers combine state-of-the-art technologies to
create a powerful business support solution that responds to the challenges facing the
telecommunications industry.
BSCS iX
BSCS iX is a scalable, modular customer management, rating, and billing solution that
can be installed quickly and is able to support innovative marketing and pricing of
telecommunications services. BSCS iX is based on a client/server architecture with a
UNIX operating system on the server side and a combination of Web-client
applications and Microsoft Windows operating systems on the client side. BSCS is
installed at over 130 sites around the world and supports a wide variety of
technologies to meet the most demanding service provider requirements.
Sun Fire Servers
The Sun Fire E25K server that was used in this performance test is a powerful
enterprise-class system equipped with up to 72 UltraSPARC IV+ processors. The
system's performance has been proven time and again in a long list of benchmarks,
which demonstrated both the power of each processor and the scalability up to
numerous processors. This server – just like Sun's other Sun Fire systems – also
provides an impressive set of RAS (Reliability / Availability / Serviceability) features
such as predictive self-healing, dynamic reconfiguration, and dynamic resource
management. These features are complemented by the world-class system and
resource management capabilities of the Solaris operating system.
The long-term partnership between LHS and Sun Microsystems, as a leading provider
of hardware platforms and software solutions, has led to an impressive number of joint
customer success stories. Regular benchmarks to test the performance of BSCS and
on Sun Solaris have proven that high-volume billing requirements of global telecom
service providers can be met without any limitation. All LHS products run on the latest
Sun Solaris platforms or use Sun's Java technology, for example the Customer
Management Server (CMS), LHS' API to the customer-related BSCS functionality,
uses Java as the programming language. LHS is a registered partner in the Sun
Partner Advantage Program.
The LHS and
Sun Partnership
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BSCS iX
BSCS iX provides unmatched features, functionality, and flexibility that fulfill the
requirements of the most demanding operating environments. BSCS iX is suitable for
wireless, wireline, or multi-service communications providers in all geographies. It
brings key benefits to existing customers operating earlier versions of BSCS or
operators considering replacing their legacy systems. It is also ideally suited for start-
up 2G, 3G, or wireline businesses. BSCS iX is the perfect fit for communications
providers pursuing a prepaid, postpaid, or a multi-service convergence strategy,
allowing major cost reductions.
BSCS iX Advances
BSCS is the customer care and billing system of choice for communications providers
with high requirements in the areas of scalability, performance, openness, promotions
and marketing, support for corporate customers and business partners. Since 1993,
when BSCS was launched, development of the solution has been guided by the
following parameters:
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Scalability – BSCS iX is not only proven in benchmark testing to support 40 million
subscribers, but it is also designed to support future volume increases and service
level enhancements for small and medium-sized operators.
Service continuity – The SDPX option allows the deployment of BSCS iX in a
high-availability configuration. Therefore, it secures the use of BSCS iX for all
transactions requiring reliability and security. With SDPX, BSCS iX supports a
service availability of up to 99.999 percent, which corresponds to a service
interruption of no more than 5 minutes in a year.
Adaptability and flexibility – BSCS iX provides APIs based on the CORBA 2
standard, which enables the existing architecture to expand to accommodate
future requirements and add-ons.
Innovation – BSCS iX continues the innovative path in the product's development.
The iX architecture embraces Web technology and enables low-risk, stepwise
migrations through its modular approach. Some of the new features in BSCS iX
are:
real-time billing
multicompany support
Web customer care application
best option plans
Web POS center
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flexible invoicing
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enhanced balance management
Key Features
BSCS iX Overview
The key features of BSCS iX are:
Packaged architecture – BSCS iX has evolved to a component-based
architecture. Currently iX Rating and iX Billing are a part of BSCS iX, as well as
stand-alone products.
Support for major telecommunications technologies and standards – BSCS iX
currently supports telecommunications standards, including GSM, CDMA, TDMA,
D-AMPS, and ISDN; UMTS/3GSM standards and features such as ‘User Profiles’;
wireline technology, including PSTN/ISDN and data such as X.25 and WLAN; and
the latest roaming standards for both GSM and non-GSM networks, including both
TAP and CIBER.
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Prepaid/postpaid convergence – Prepaid and postpaid payment methods are both
supported by BSCS iX. In addition, by having a single product and service
creation environment with a centralized customer database, BSCS iX ensures that
operators not only have a central point of management and control, but are also
able to minimize platform and operational costs.
Real-time rating and balance management – BSCS iX provides a single unified
rating, cost control, and balance management engine, which supports the rating of
events in real time, post-event, and offline charging modes simultaneously.
Flexible, configurable rating – BSCS iX provides operators with the functionality to
support the latest network service and operating business models using rules-
based modules.
End-to-end content charging – BSCS iX delivers end-to-end content charging,
from network and application interaction to billing and partner settlement. The
flexibility of Product Center in configuring innovative content products and services
results in faster market responsiveness. BSCS iX offers online authorization and
charging of content transactions for prepaid and postpaid users, as well as
support for IPDR 2.5. Additionally, BSCS iX supports various business models for
the complete settlement and reconciliation of content-based transactions with
other operators and content providers, using TAP.
Flexible billing – Configurable taxes, multicurrency support, complex promotion
management, configurable rounding algorithms, and open interfaces to eBilling
solutions – all ensure BSCS iX supports the billing requirements of today's
telecommunications operators.
Support for flexible operator business models – BSCS iX supports various
business models depending on the operator’s or provider’s requirements,
including network operators selling directly to the end user; network operators
selling to end users via a service provider; service providers selling directly to the
end user; service providers who administer their customers via network operators.
Options available for additional features – With an additional license, you can add
more features. These include the following:
Service Data Point eXtension (SDPX) enhances the excellent features of
BSCS iX allowing a highly available Service Data Point deployment. The SDP
deployment makes it possible to support the real-time prepaid business over
Intelligent Networks.
Self-care Center (SX) provides a Web interface for customers to perform self-
care tasks. The SX features support convergent customer self-care for
prepaid and postpaid customer accounts as well as for fixed and mobile
accounts.
Smart PX provides for fast and easy creation of standard rate plans and
modification of prices of existing rate plans.
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Network Provisioning eXtension (NPX) is a vendor-specific provisioning
application that forwards requests to network elements.
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The Best Option Plan (BOP) feature means that in addition to the contracted
rate plan, several alternative rate plans or alternative service packages are
made available to a customer. Tests were also performed for record rating
while using the best option plan feature.
Key Business Benefits
Some of the key business benefits of BSCS iX are:
Reduces risk and supports revenue assurance – BSCS is a proven system in use
by more than 130 telecommunications service providers across a wide range of
geographies, network technology types, and business models around the world.
Supports profitable innovation and boosts average revenue per user (ARPU) –
BSCS iX is geared to provide flexibility and innovation, with sophisticated tools to
design business scenarios and co-opt business partners, a product center for
integrated marketing and product development, and rules-based rating and
balance management.
Builds customer loyalty – BSCS iX provides several features to build loyalty
programs to attract and retain customers, including free units, bonus programs,
targeted discounts, etc. These programs can be applied during rating and/or
billing, and are available to large corporate entities.
Provides high performance at low cost of ownership – BSCS iX is available at a
low overall cost of ownership. First, support for higher performance, more reliable
hardware, along with reduced reliance on commercial third-party tools,
dramatically reduce costs. In addition, future versions of BSCS are provided free
of license costs to existing customers under maintenance. And migrations can be
performed in a single step to further reduce costs.
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The Sun Fire E25K Server
When you need the power of 72 processors crunching 144 simultaneous threads,
Sun's flagship high-end Sun Fire E25K server can take on just about any high-volume,
mainframe class, mission critical computing challenge with headroom left over.
New UltraSPARC IV+:
Up to 5x the performance of UltraSPARC III servers and
nearly double that of UltraSPARC IV servers.
At a Glance
Hot swap and mix & match UltraSPARC IV+, IV, and III processors in the same
system.
Scales up to 72 processors
with 144 threads and up to 1152 GB memory for
heavily threaded commercial applications.
Solaris OS
, with its
application compatibility guarantee
, delivers seamless
processor migration.
Provision up to 18 Uniboards – the same ones used on Sun Fire E4900-E25K
servers on the fly.
The Sun Fire
Capacity on Demand
program offers "pay as you grow" computing
options.
Industry-leading virtualization, plus fault isolated Dynamic System Domains,
Solaris Containers, and Predictive Self-Healing deliver a scalable consolidation
platform.
The Sun Fire E25K provides the following
high performance
features:
Performance
Increased performance:
Sun's new UltraSPARC IV+ 64-bit Chip Multithreading
(CMT) processor has significantly enhanced cores, 2-MB on-chip L2 cache, and a new
32-MB L3 cache using the latest 90nm process technology. It delivers up to 5 times
higher performance than UltraSPARC III servers, and nearly double performance
increase over previous generation UltraSPARC IV servers in the same footprint. The
UltraSPARC IV+ system supports in-chassis upgrades for previous generation Sun
Fire E25K and 15K servers, with no increase in power and cooling requirements.
Exceptional scalability:
The new Sun Fire E25K server extends Sun's tradition of
reducing risk and enabling customers to comfortably scale capacity. As the lead
member of the industry's most scalable server line, it scales up to 72 processors,
executing up to 144 simultaneous compute threads, and supports up to 1152 GB of
memory to provide maximum headroom for data-intensive applications.
Run demanding applications:
The new Sun Fire E25K server delivers significant
productivity gains to address ever-demanding data and business logic workloads such
as business processing, databases, data warehouses, IT infrastructure, application
serving, and compute-intensive scientific engineering applications.
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