Debi Patnaik

Shattering World Records and all that jazz – Performance is King, Customers Win!

Blog Post created by Debi Patnaik Employee on Nov 10, 2016

Possible only with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform running SAP HANA.


As of the date of writing this article, Hitachi is the World Record holder for SAP BW-AML Benchmarks. But this article is not about Hitachi and SAP and records, it is about you and what this means for your business.


I have worked with Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) systems in the past, spanning Petabytes of data and billions of records – which used to take us minutes of querying time and hours of delta load time. What we have now is not just a change but a transformation in terms of how we think about EDW and Data Marts.

Imagine being able to query a billion records of data in 5.6 seconds; being able to load delta updates into your enterprise data warehouse in 309 seconds. Imagine real-time and sub-second query response changing the way your Business Intelligence dashboards respond and interact. With Hitachi and SAP HANA.

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The BW - Advanced Mixed Workload (AML) benchmark is designed to help customers choose the best for their business. It is a specifically designed data workload consisting of both data loading as well as querying phases utilizing BW on HANA.

Here is how it works:

  • Data Load Phase (measuring query throughput at a defined number of initial records):
    • The data flow starts with a data load from the source object into the corporate memory layer, containing 1.3 billion records per 1 data set. The data set stored in the source is fetched and propagated through the different layers in 25 load cycles. In other words, 1 load cycle processes 1/25 of the data set stored and this process is measured as Advanced Navigation Steps/Hours
  • Query Phase (runtimes of complex queries and complex delta loads):
    • KPIs measured in the phase are "Query Throughput" and "Query Runtime”, corresponding to two different types of queries, simple and more complex ones from a BW on HANA execution perspective. There are 10 complex query runtimes captured, resulting in the KPI Normalized mean runtime single query test. Finally, a delta load of phase 2 loading, transforming and aggregating 50 Million records results in the Total runtime delta load/transformation test KPI.


A few details of the complexity pattern of this benchmarking exercise to be able to reach as close to real-life scenarios as practically possible:

  • Data Model:
    • Inserts / Updates / Deletes on transactional data during delta loads
    • Master data changes along with delta loads
    • Utilization of navigation attributes
    • Multiple currencies in source data
    • Stand-alone data loads to measure data load times
    • Master data lookups, non-trivial transformations
  • Queries:
    • Randomization of selection of key figures, changing set of key figures in navigation step
    • More sophisticated use of FEMS queries and exception aggregation
    • Currency conversion
    • Extension of all queries and navigation steps on multiple part providers
    • Different query patterns for InfoCube / DSO multiproviders


We did a benchmarking run of 4 Billion records and achieved the following results:

  • Phase 1: Advanced Navigation Steps/Hours - 20,360 steps
  • Phase 2: Normalized mean runtime single query test (seconds per billion records) - 5.56 seconds
  • Phase 2: Total runtime delta load/transformation test (seconds) – 309 seconds


Now, that’s a win for customers, isn’t it?

Exciting times ahead!





SAP BW-AML Benchmark Explanation

BW-AML Benchmark Results and Comparison (4 Billion Records)