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Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 - The World's Largest InfiniBand Core Switch
Drastically Reduces Cost, Complexity of Large Scale HPC Solutions
Sun has introduced the world's largest InfiniBand core switch, the Sun Datacenter Switch 3456. The total data throughput for the switch is 110,100 Gbps with a port-to-port latency of 700 nanosecond.
Innovating in the HPC Market
Distinguished Engineer Josh Simons Talks About Sun's Latest HPC Innovations
Sun showcased its latest HPC technologies and services at Supercomputing 2007. To learn more about the benefits and rationale behind some of these innovations, listen to a podcast featuring Solaris Engineering's Distinguished Engineer Josh Simons, who discussed these new technologies with Sun Vice President of Global Systems Engineering Hal Stern on an edition of Innovating@Sun.
Sun Net Talk to Host Live Web Chat on Sun/Microsoft Interoperability
Register Now for the November 28th Event
Join a live web chat with Sun engineers on Sun/Microsoft Interoperability on November 28, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. EST, 15:30 London, 16:30 Paris, 17:30 Athens times. Explore results from three years of engineering partnership between Sun and Microsoft. Plus learn about Sun/Intel collaboration and new Sun x64 systems with Intel Xeon CPUs.
Sun Goes Underground in Japan
Partners with 11 Other Firms to Build Datacenters in Coal Mine

Sun and 11 other entities are collaborating in the construction of an underground data center in a worked-out coal mine in the Chubu region on Japan's Honshu island. Sun will contribute its signature Project Blackbox, which can typically provide 250 servers mounted in seven racks inside a standard 20-foot shipping container, as Chris Mellor, of Techworld reports. With T-series processors, Sun claims a single Blackbox can hold up to 2,000 cores, providing 8,000 simultaneous processing threads.

SNI Editor-in-Chief/CTO John J. McLaughlin's Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
SNI Editor-in-Chief/CTO John J. McLaughlin posts items of interest to Sun Users on a regular basis on his blog. A quick recap of John's posts for the last week, include Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.1, Sun at Supercomputing 2007, Java SE 6 u2 Performance - 75% Better SPECjbb2005, COMSTAR - Solaris as a SCSI (not iSCSI, SCSI) Target, Sun Datacenter Switch 3456, Open xVM Website and Deconstructing the Security Capabilities of the Solaris 10 OS.
Jim Laurent on Solaris Swap Space
Myths, Suppositions, Facts: Putting Things Right

Yet again, Jim Laurent hefts his broadsword and resumes his now familiar dragon-slayer role, this time in the myth-busting blog,"Solaris FAQ: Myths and facts about Solaris swap space." He undertook this combat, he writes, because of the frequent questions put to him in his Sun OS Ambassador travels.

Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.1 Download Now Available Free
Based on Open MPI 1.2.4
Sun HPC ClusterTools 7.1 is an update release of the integrated toolkit that allows developers to create and tune Message-passing Interface (MPI) applications that run on high performance clusters and SMPs. This latest version includes Sun's MPI library for Solaris x86/x64 and SPARC, Intel 32- and 64-bit support, improved parallel debugger support, PBS Pro validation, improved memory usage for communication and other bug fixes by the Open MPI community.
The New Sun Management Center 4.0
Download and Physical Media Kit Now Available
Sun Management Center (MC) provides in-depth monitoring and management capabilities for Sun enterprise servers on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and Linux. Its newest release, version 4.0, provides a better user experience, an improved and simplified installation experience, a seamless experience on SPARC and x86 hardware and more.
Sun Shines in Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management 2H07
Gartner Finds Appeal in Java System Identity Management Solutions
Gartner places Sun in the Leaders Quadrant for Web Access Management, 2H07. Companies earn this distinction based on strong products and strong year-over-year growth, ability to execute and completeness of vision.
CoolTuner 1.0.6 for UltraSPARC T1 and T2-based Systems Tuning
Download Free from Sun Download Center
A free download of CoolTuner 1.0.6 is accessible from the Sun Download Center. This software tool is designed to automatically tune an UltraSPARC T1- and now UltraSPARC T2-based system, applying patches and setting system parameters to bring these systems up to best practice recommendations.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 116 Issues 4 and 5; Volume 117 Issues 1, 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 the last 4 issues. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 117 Issue 2, were:

  • Sun's Q1 Report Seen from Jonathan Schwartz's Perspective [18975]
  • Sun to Acquire Vaau, Inc. [18992]
  • Solaris OS/OpenSolaris to be Offered on Dell Rack and Blade Servers [18999]
  • Shareholders Approve 1-for-4 Reverse Stock Split at Sun [18977]
  • New Version of Cool Stack 1.2 Now Available for Download [18955]
  • Sun's HPC Portfolio Adds Sun Constellation System and Sun StorageTek 5800 System [18961]
  • Oracle Optimized Warehouse For Sun [18988]
  • Sun Netra Multi-Core and Multithreaded 10G ATCA Portfolio [18993]
  • New Array Configurations for Sun StorageTek 6140 and 6540 [18924]
  • Get 28 Percent Off Sun Fire X4600 M2 Servers [18964]
    Setting Up PostgreSQL 8.2 on SXDE 9/07 to Work With NetBeans 6.0
    Identified as the 'Perfect' Combination
    For a how-to on quickly setting up PostgreSQL 8.2 on Solaris Express Developer Edition (SXDE) 9/07 to make it work with NetBeans 6.0., click the link in the online version of this article for a two-command procedure that will give you what the blog calls the "perfect" combination.
    A Look at Object-Based Storage Device Support in the Solaris OS
    Sun Software Engineer Sees Great Benefit to High Performance Computing
    Readers of Ramana Srikanth's Sun Developer Network blog will find an article that focuses on object-based storage device (OSD) support in the Solaris OS. Following a comparison of traditional file systems and OSD, Srikanth turns to an examination of the architecture of OSD in the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).
    Deploying PHP5 Runtime Within Java System Web Server 7
    Taking Advantage of Fast CGI Support in PHP5

    Sun Web Server team member Sriram Natarajan voices a preference for PHP5 runtime bundled with Cool Stack 1.2, which now includes FastCGI. Having this support within PHP5 runtime, he notes, allows PHP applications to be deployed on top of web servers like the Sun Java System Web Server 7 or Apache 2 worker MPM. His blog includes a quick run through on the steps involved in deploying the Cool Stack's PHP runtime within Sun Java System Web Server 7.

    Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days Conference
    January 23-24, 2008 in Santa Clara, Calif.
    The next Java Mobile & Embedded Developer Days Conference is scheduled for January 23-24, 2008, in the Sun Santa Clara Campus Auditorium. VP and Sun Fellow James Gosling will be the keynote speaker. Register before November 30 and save $50.
    Encryption Strategies: The Key to Controlling Data
    When Deleting a File Will No Longer Do
    Though it has become a truism, the Sun White Paper "Encryption Strategies: The Key to Controlling Data" does not hesitate to pronounce that, in the current and future digital era, deleting a file is not a viable means of controlling data. The focus in the paper is controlling access to data, rather than the data itself. The paper further outlines Sun’s encryption strategy, discusses the pros and cons of three possible encryption methods, and discusses the challenge of key management in an encrypted world.
    Hack-Fu? Gesundheit, Glenn Brunette, and Watch Your Back
    Blogger Takes on the Deconstruction of Solaris 10 OS Security Capabilities
    Sun Distinguished Engineer Glenn Brunette leads the interested reader on a four-part journey through the undergrowth a determined hacker would have to penetrate in order to attain root access inside a Solaris 10 OS non-global zone. He calls the trip "Hack-Fu - Deconstructing the Security Capabilities of the Solaris 10 OS."
    The UltraSPARC T2 Cryptographic Activation CD or Download
    Required to Enable IPsec Cryptographic Operations in T5120/T5220 and Sun Blade 6320

    The UltraSPARC T2 IPSec cryptographic operations performed by the crypto hardware accelerator on the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120/T5220 and the Sun Blade 6320 need to be activated by either downloading the activation file or ordering a CD. Under current U.S. export control laws, the activation file enabling IPSec is restricted.

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