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Chairman's Office No Sinecure for McNealy
Sounding Out the Former CEO on the Transition at Sun
What's happened at Sun since Scott McNealy moved upstairs to the chairman's suite? Successor Jonathan Schwartz has presided over the open sourcing of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Java language and the SPARC processors, Marguerite Reardon reports in CNET News.com. Not incidentally, Reardon notes, Sun has returned to profitability. She interviews McNealy on the transition.
Developing ZFS: A Chat with the Team Leaders
Envisioning File System Management as an Intelligent Process
Sun engineers Jeff Bonwick and Bill Moore shared their insights into the dynamics of file systems in an interview with ACM Queue, covering such aspects of the subject as data integrity, scalability and administration. Bonwick is Sun's CTO for storage. With co-lead Moore, a Sun Distinguished Engineer, he was instrumental in the development of ZFS. Pawel Jakub Dawidek, a FreeBSD developer, also contributes to the discussion, which was moderated by David Brown of Sun's Solaris engineering group.
Heinz Kabutz on Becoming and Remaining a Viable Java Programmer
'Java Champion' Shares Pointers on What Java Programmers Need to Know
Heinz Kabutz, a widely recognized Java programmer, answered Janice J. Heiss's first interview question on "good code" authoritatively, saying, "Don't read too much into microbenchmarks. Performance advantages come from good design and an appropriate architecture."
Software
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Solaris 8 Migration Assistant (Project Etude) Now Available
Easily Migrate Solaris 8 Environment to Solaris 10
The Solaris 8 Migration Assistant accelerates migration of application environments from the Solaris 8 Operating System (Solaris OS) to Solaris 10 OS by capturing and converting the entire environment of the Solaris 8 source system and then transferring it to a Solaris Container running on the targeted Solaris 10 system. Try it out now by downloading the software that comes with a 90-day evaluation license.
Solaris OS and UltraSPARC T2 Processor
Together Technologies Add Even More Enhanced Performance Features

Get a technical perspective on the UltraSPARC T2 processor and the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) from Steven Sistare, who offers insight into core pipeline and thread scheduling; cache associativity; virtual memory; block copy; and performance counters.

Sun Cluster Support for T5120 and T5220 Servers Now Offered
Adds Manageability and Availability Attributes
Sun now provides Sun Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 support for the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 Tier 3 servers, the latest CoolThreads servers based on the UltraSPARC T2 chip multithreading (CMT) processor. Sun Cluster is a "Service Level management" platform that facilitates delivery of higher service levels, at lower service level costs and at reduced risk.
Solaris Cluster 3.2 Now Supported in LDoms I/O Domains
Offers Better Utilization of Hardware, Flexibility in App Deployments

Solaris Cluster 3.2 is now supported in Logical Domains (LDoms) I/O domains, which are domains that include physical devices and are not dependent on other domains for their operation. LDoms version 1.0.1 is required as is either Solaris 10 11/06 or Solaris 10 8/07, both with required patches installed.

Getting the Most out of Sun Studio 12 on CoolThreads Servers
Features OpenMP, dmake, Parallel Applications

Users of the UltraSPARC T1- and T2-based systems will want to take advantage of the enterprise-level capabilities of these servers with such applications as Sun Studio 12. The Sun Studio Engineering staff has provided a developer tip on how to best use Sun Studio in developing applications for CoolThreads systems. They helpfully include information on Cool Tools, as well as on other aspects of the subject.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 115 Issues 4; Volume 116 Issues 1, 2 and 3

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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 116 Issue 3, were:

  • UltraSPARC T2 Servers Set Floating-Point Single-Chip Record on SPEComp Benchmark [18784]
  • Sun UltraSPARC T2 Servers Deliver Highest Single Socket JVM Performance [18783]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise T5220 Posts Industry-Leading Results on Lotus Domino R6iNotes [18822]
  • Making Storage Think for Itself (or at least for the User) [18700]
  • Free Download of Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.0.1 [18824]
  • Download Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) 6.0 Free [18830]
  • Sun Expresses Continued Support of Cluster File Systems Lustre [18800]
  • Andy Bechtolsheim Talks About Innovating in a Commodity Market [18787]
  • Sun Acquires J.D. Power and Associates Certification [18838]
  • John Fowler on the Prospects for Sun's Merged Server, Storage Units [18797]
    Developer
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    Sun Reviews Java Roadmap for JavaFX, Java SE and ME
    JavaFX to Bridge the Gap Between Web Designers and Developers
    In a recent Java roadmap press event, VP and Sun Fellow James Gosling set out to clarify the new client-side technology JavaFX and the future of Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and wound up scaring Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) developers.
    GlassFish V2's Clustering Capabilities Enhance Availability, Scalability
    Flexible Clustering Architecture Combines Ease of Use and High Admin Control
    Get improved high availability and horizontal scalability with the enhanced clustering capabilities of GlassFish Version 2. Learn how the latest version of this open source application server's flexible clustering architecture provides ease of use and high administrative control to enhance your experience and facilitate these aspects for you.
    Configuring OpenSSO To Authenticate Users Via Identity Services
    NetBeans IDE Client App Used to Demonstrate Process
    If you want to know how to configure the Open Web SSO project (OpenSSO) to authenticate users who access protected resources, an article on "Securing Applications With Identity Services, Part 1: Authentication" may be a good place to start. An example client application built with the NetBeans IDE is used to demonstrate the process.
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    UltraSPARC T2 Server Deployment for Security and High Performance
    Configuration of LDoms Can Shield Hypervisor from DoS Attacks
    Sun UltraSPARC T2 CPU running on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 servers along with Logical Domains (LDoms) provides a highly secure and excellent performing deployment. Martin Mueller describes a secure configuration of LDoms with the UltraSPARC T2 in a case scenario for web servers.
    Sun UltraSPARC T2 Bolts Past Competition in RSA/AES Cryptography Performance
    On-Chip Cryptographic Accelerator Delivers Results
    The on-chip cryptographic accelerator in the UltraSPARC T2 processor provides a Cipher/hash unit and an enhanced modular arithmetic unit (MAU). This updated design gives the UltraSPARC T2 processor the ability to achieve up to 37,000 RSA 1024-bit signs/s and up to 38.9 Gbit/s of AES-128 throughput in a single processor, as recorded by the RSA/AES Cryptography Benchmark.
    Webinar: Web Services SSO - Securing Web Services in a Federated World
    Register Now for This October 31st Event
    This Sun-sponsored webinar will cover standards (SAML, WS-Trust and WS-Security); Federated Single Sign-on (SSO); service gateways; secure token services; and web services security container plug-ins. Presenters will be Dave Linthicum, Linthicum Group; Daniel Raskin and Kevin Schmidt, Sun. The event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 31st at 12 noon (EST).
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