Re: Restricting Oracle to one processor

From: Jason Heinrich <>
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2008 10:46:42 -0500
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Here's the exact wording on multi-core licensing from Oracle's most recent price list (

[Enterprise Edition] For the purposes of counting the number of processors which require licensing for AMD and Intel multicore chips, "n" cores shall be determined by multiplying the total number of cores by a core processor licensing factor of .50.
[Standard Edition] When licensing Oracle programs with Standard Edition One or Standard Edition in the product name, a processor is counted equivalent to an occupied socket; however, in the case of multi-chip modules, each chip in the multi-chip module is counted as one occupied socket.

I don't see anything there that would prevent SE1 from being used on his Intel hardware. A multi-core processor is still just one chip, so my understanding of the "multi-chip module" wording would be something like a daughtercard with multiple processors on it. One motherboard socket, but multiple physical CPUs. However, if you were going to purchase SE or SE1 licenses, I would definitely ask a licensing expert to be sure.

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 7:16 PM, Mark Brinsmead <> wrote:

> The OP did not say anything about database editions. Bill, you might also
> want to be aware that with the new license rules regarding
> Multi-Chip-Modules, the hardware you described will not be (cannot be)
> eligible for Standard-Edition One licenses if your quad-core processors are
> manufactured by Intel. (Actually, because Oracle seems to have accidentally
> mis-worded the new license rules, the hardware may be ineligible for SE of
> any flavour with CPUs from any manufacturer.)

Jason Heinrich

Received on Fri Jun 06 2008 - 10:46:42 CDT

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