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Gridathon Interactive Chat Set for December
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In December 2006, Sun will host an online interactive chat with Sun Grid engineers and architects. You can ask about porting, architecting and deploying applications to a grid environment. Sign up online to get a reminder via email.
    Commoditization of Computing VS. the Commoditization of Computers
    Papadopoulos and Schwartz Talk to Hal Stern
    In a video interview of CTO Greg Papadopoulos and CEO Jonathan Schwartz talking with Hal Stern, Vice President of Global Systems Engineering at Sun (Wednesday Nov 08, 2006), topics discussed include how companies in commodity-based businesses successfully use R&D to differentiate their performance and win new business.
    Andy Bechtolsheim - One of Most Influential Executives of 2006
    CRN Report Credits Senior VP with Reinvigorating Sun
    Andy Bechtolsheim, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect, Sun, has made CRN's list of the top 25 most influential executives of 2006. CRN states that Bechtolsheim is "getting credit for helping breathe new life into" Sun. And Mark Teter, CTO of Advanced Systems Group, said, Bechtolsheim is "responsible for Sun becoming the best vendor in the x86 space."
    Sun Ultra 25, Ultra 45 Workstation Configurations With XVR-300
    Aimed at Petroleum Government, Manufacturing Applications
    The new RoHS-compliant Sun Ultra 25 and Sun Ultra 45 workstation configurations feature the Sun XVR-300 PCI-Express based 2D graphics accelerator card. These workstations are optimal solutions for the oil and gas industry, which requires high-end graphics in such compute intensive applications as seismic data visualization and interpretation, terrain visualization and reservoir engineering.
    Price Decrease of the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 Graphics Accelerator
    Card Delivers 33.6 GB/sec Bandwidth
    Sun has repriced the high-end NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500 Graphics Accelerator card. Readers will find details in a comparison chart online that contains information on the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5500, FX 4500 X2, FX 4500 and FX 4000.
      Sun Ultra 45 Workstation Administration and Troubleshooting and Assessment Course
      Designed for OEMs, Field Engineers, Channel Partners
      Sun is offering a course on Sun Ultra 45 Workstation Administration and Troubleshooting and Assessment (WET-5053) that covers the key features and technologies of the Sun Ultra 45 workstation. Details are available online.
      Sun Releases AC version of the Netra T2000 Server
      Ideal Solution for Deployment in Severe Environmental Conditions
      The Sun Netra T2000 Server offers the UltraSPARC T1 processor in a ruggedized 2U RoHS-compliant package aimed at the telecom industry and providing additional alarming and OEM lifecycle features that make it ideal for deployment in less than ideal settings.
      Sun Introduces System Packs for Many Sun Fire, Sun Blade Servers
      Offering Combines Products, Services in Single, Economical Package
      There are now Sun System Performance Packs available for the Sun Fire V125, V215, V245, V445, V490, V890, X4500 and S4600 servers and the Sun Blade 8000 and 8000P. Sun System Performance Packs attach services to Sun product by combining Sun products, such as the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), and services, such as SunSpectrum support services, as one offering.
      Sun Cluster 3.1 Software Support Extended to Additional Sun Fire Servers
      Support for Java Availability Suite Also Extended
      Sun Cluster 3.1 Software support and the Java Availability Suite are now available for the Sun Fire V215, Sun Fire V245 and Sun Fire V445 servers.
      Top Ten Articles for last Issue; top 100 for Volume 104
      Vol 104 Issues 3 and 4; Vol 105 Issues 1 and 2

      Each week, we determine which articles have been most frequently referenced by logged-in subscribers to provide you with a list of the most popular articles for each of the last four issues. The Web version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four issues. The top articles from the last issue - Vol 105, Issue 2 - were:

      • Enter the Java EE SDK Contest for a Chance to Win an iPod Nano [17238]
      • How ZFS Makes the Sys Admin's Life Easier [17127]
      • Executive White Paper: Transistioning from Lintel to Sun [17249]
      • Two Ubuntu News Briefs: Ubuntu Receives Certification on Sun Servers and GlassFish Now Available on Ubuntu [17251]
      • SAMP Setup for Solaris 10 OS and Solaris Express [17246]
      • DTrace: When, How and Where to Make Best Use of the Tool [17191]
      • New IT Management Web Site Offers Resources to Build and Operate Large Compute Environments [17254]
      • A Java-powered Underwater Vehicle Built by Students Earns Recognition [17253]
      • New Sun Startup Essentials Program Offers Sun Technology for Less [17257]
      • Wind River NEP Platform to Support UltraSPARC T1 Processor [17250]
        Free and Open Source S/W
        The New Open-source JDK Project Web Site and Community
        Get the Code for the HotSpot Virtual Machine and javac
        With the move to make its implementation of the Java platform available as free software, Sun is also making a new open source community for OpenJDK where you can download the code for the Java Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE now called Java SE) specification as defined in the Java Community Process (JCP).
        Java DB 10.2 Available for Apache Derby
        No Cost (or Low Cost), Little Administration Needed for this Distribution
        Java DB 10.2, a 100% Java technology platform-independent database, is the Sun-support distribution of the Apache Derby open source database. Java DB is available for free under the Apache license and requires no administration if embedded and little if used in client-server mode.
        New Cool Stack Packages for x86
        Improve Performance of Solaris Operating System
        Cool Stack is a collection of some of the most commonly used open source applications optimized for the Sun Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) platform. Using these binaries can enhance system performance. Cool Stack is built with the Sun Studio 11 Compiler, using the -xO4 option for high levels of optimization. See the new packages recently added.
        Education and Research
        Largest Solaris 10 OS based HPC System Installed at Mississippi State University
        Enabling Research in Structural Mechanics
        Mississippi State University (MSU) High Performance Computing Collaboratory now has the largest Solaris 10 OS high performance computing (HPC) cluster that Sun has built.
        Sun Education Matching Grant Program for EMEA
        Apply Before December 20, 2006
        The EMEA Education and Research Matching Grant program is offering 1 to 1 and 2 to 1 matches for purchases of Sun equipment for classroom, student or research lab configurations, and for student, faculty or research desktops. Apply by December 20, 2006, to be considered.
        Education Software Discount List
        Serious Software made Simple and Affordable for Education
        To qualify to purchase Sun software at a deep discount, all you need is a Sun Education buying contract (EdVEU). There are no additional requirements such as program participation or completion of a program agreement. Software purchased from the list can be used for any computing purpose on campus (in the U.S.). Prices listed here are for licenses or media kits only and do not include technical support. Technical support may be purchased separately through the Sun Spectrum Support Program for Education.
        Java Technology
        JDK 6 Release Candidate Available
        Get Useful Tools to Develop Java Technology Programs
        Java Platform, Standard Edition 6 (Java SE 6) Java Development Kit (JDK) 6 Release Candidate is available for download. The JDK includes tools useful for developing and testing programs written in the Java programming language and running on the Java platform.
        Gosling Talks About Making Java Open Source
        Hopes for Future Innovation and Developer Contributions
        James Gosling talked with Robert Eckstein about making Java technology open source. They discuss why it took as long as it did, how fragmentation of the code can be prevented, and more.
        JSR 272 and JSR 247 Open for Public Review Until December 4, 2006
        JSR 272: Mobile Broadcast Service API for Handheld Terminals, and JSR 247: Data Mining 2.0

        Specifications for the following Java Specification Requests (JSRs) are now available for Public Review until December 4, 2006: JSR 272, Mobile Broadcast Service API for Handheld Terminals, and JSR 247, Data Mining 2.0.

        SimpleCenter Digital Music and Image Organizer from
        Rate Images and Video Files, Add Custom Tags and More
        SimpleCenter enhances the enjoyment of digital entertainment devices by making it easy to organize, play and share music, pictures and movies at home or on the go. You can enjoy your media anywhere by synchronizing it to portable devices or accessing it directly via a web browser no matter where you are.
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