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Where is Sun Headed with Massive-scale Computing?
Greg Papadopoulos Has Some Answers
If anyone at Sun Microsystems knows the company's direction in the massive-scale computing market, it would be Greg Papadopoulos, CTO and executive VP of Research and Development. That's why HPCwire chose him to query in an interview that focuses on such issues as standard instruction set architectures, "Redshift," the status of the Proximity Communications research, and the significance of Sun's new Constellation System supercomputer.
Update on Ranger at Texas Advanced Computing Center
Supercomputer Expected to be Online in Early December
The Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computer Center (TACC) is the subject of Josh Simon's blog, where he reports on the comments made by TACC Director Jay Boisseau at the HPC Consortium in Reno. TACC's Ranger is expected to be online by early December.
Sun's Offers Developers New Tools
Expensive IT Infrastructure Investments Not Required
Sun's is evolving into a "virtual on-demand datacenter" for developers in the view of Chris Gonsalves, whose article outlines the tools and applications available on the web site. Gonsalves writes that the site's contents illustrate the distance Sun has come in meeting the utility computing demands of the developer community.
Is the Eclipse Over?
A Hard Look at Sun's Performance
Art Wittmann of Network Computing recently took a hard look at Sun's performance and reported mixed feelings. Yes, Sun has had four profitable quarters in a row but that improvement results, in his view, from efficiencies rather than sales growth. In the long run he suspects that this alone won't be enough for Sun to recapture its former prominence. Wittmann put some questions to Sun Executive VP John Fowler in an effort to learn whether Sun would rise again.
Free and Open Source S/W
Open xVM Launched as a Community Hub for Virtualization and Management
OpenSolaris xVM Available in Build 75
Sun announced a new open source community for developers building next-generation datacenter virtualization and management technologies. OpenxVM will be the sight of a community hub for a number of open source projects related to virtualization software and data center automation tools. OpenSolaris xVM is available in build 75 of OpenSolaris and Solaris Express: Community Edition.
Coverity's Automated Defect Detection Service Available Free for Java Apps
Open Source Java Software Can Be Submitted Directly to Scan Project
Open source Java projects will now be able to test their applications for defects on Coverity's static analysis tool, Prevent. Coverity's free service uses a 'Software DNA mapping' approach to static testing of code for defects that maps the most likely paths for code execution and target tests accordingly.
"Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming"
New Book Considered Most Comprehensive on OpenMP API's Parallel Programming
The MIT Press publication "Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Programming" by Barbara Chapman, Gabriele Jost and Ruud van der Pas is "the first really comprehensive book on parallel programming using the OpenMP API," writes Richard Friedman on Sun's Solaris Developer blog.
Java's phoneME on Apple's iPhone?
Only Time Will Tell
Apple plans to release an SDK for iPhone in early 2008 that could possibly result in the open-source Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) phoneME being ported to it, commented Technical Evangelist for the Java Mobile and Embedded Community Terrence Barr.
Barack Obama Promises Universally Accessible Formats for Government Data
Wins Praise from OpenDocument Format Alliance
Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama has promised to embrace universally accessible formats if elected president, and subsequently received praise from the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance for his support of open standards.
Sun Secure Global Desktop 4.40 Available for Download
Multiple Feature Updates in this Release
The latest update to the Sun Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is version 4.40, which is available from the Sun Download Center. There are multiple new features in this update to the Sun software that provides secure access to centralized Windows, UNIX, Mainframe and Midrange applications from a wide range of client devices, including Microsoft Windows PCs, Solaris OS Workstations, thin clients and mobile devices.
Jim Laurent on Tuning Solaris Kernels
When to Tune and How: Some Answers and References

Until it is the case that the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) adjusts automatically to changes in memory size, CPU configuration and I/O load, Jim Laurent suggests that users familiarize themselves with the Solaris Tunable Parameters Reference Manual for Solaris 10. In his blog on FAQ: Solaris Kernel tunables, Laurent suggests reviewing all the tunable parameters in the file to determine whether they need adjustment or still apply as is when upgrading from Solaris 8 or 9 OS to Solaris 10.

Sun Cluster Now Supports Sun Blade X6220, X6250, T6320 Server Modules
Enables Management of Service Levels, Increased Availability
The Sun Blade X6220, X6250, and the T6320 Server Modules can now be deployed in a Sun Cluster environment with the recent addition of Sun Cluster support made available for these Sun servers. Datacenters will now be able to take advantage of the manageability and availability attributes of Sun Cluster 3.1 or 3.2 software when deploying these servers.
Sun Cluster Entitlements Offered for Select HP Servers
Includes Sun Cluster 3.1 and 3.2 Entitlements

Sun Cluster 3.1 (8/05) and 3.2 Entitlements will now be available for select HP servers which have been tested and are now supported by Solaris Cluster software. Customers can now benefit from the availability features of Solaris Cluster with Solaris deployments on HP servers.

Product Updates for Sun Blade X6250, X6220 Server Modules and 6000 Modular System
New Intel and AMD Opteron Processors, XATO and X-Options Offered
Sun is offering quad-core Intel Xeon X5365 processor for the Sun Blade X6250, AMD Opteron model 2224SE for the Sun Blade X6220 and an X-option Chassis Monitoring Module for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular System. Additionally, Intel processors for the Sun Blade 6000 Modular Systems have been repriced.
Sun Fire X4500 36TB and 48TB Standard Configurations
x64 Server Now Features 36TB or 48TB of Internal Disk Storage in 4RU
The Sun Fire X4500 server now is available with 36TB and 48TB of internal disk storage capacity. The new configuration offers 48 pluggable SATA II disk drives (750GB, 1TB), 2 x AMD Opteron Model 290 (2.8GHz) dual-core processors, eight memory slots supporting DDR1/400 MHz Registered ECC DIMMs fitted with 16 GB main memory, and more.
146GB Internal HDD Devices Option for SPARC Enterprise M8000-M9000 Servers
Can Coexist with Existing 73GB HDD
Customers now have the option of 146GB internal hard disk drive (HDD) device for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M8000-M9000 servers. This new disk option can coexist with the already existing 73GB HDD in these servers. Sun also is offering a new internal rack jumper cord X-option for its Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000-M5000 servers.
Sun Fire X4600 M2 with AMD Opteron Model 8220 Processor on 4-DIMM Board to be Retired
Last Order Date Set for January 11, 2008

The last order date for the Sun Fire X4600 M2 standard configuration with 4x AMD Opteron 8220 (2.8Ghz) processors on 4-DIMM board and the XATO base chassis with 850W power supplies has been set for January 11, 2008.

Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 117 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 117 Issue 3, were:

  • Two New OpenSolaris Projects: CIFS Server and CIFS Client for Solaris [18957]
  • Sun Datacenter Switch 3456 - The World's Largest InfiniBand Core Switch [19003]
  • New ZFS Packages Offer Snapshots 0.9 and Backups 0.2 [18936]
  • The New Sun Management Center 4.0 [18932]
  • Jim Laurent on Solaris Swap Space [18990]
  • CoolTuner 1.0.6 for UltraSPARC T1 and T2-based Systems Tuning [19023]
  • OpenSolaris Project Runs Solaris as an SCSI Target [19011]
  • Sun Net Talk to Host Live Web Chat on Sun/Microsoft Interoperability [19018]
  • Hack-Fu? Gesundheit, Glenn Brunette, and Watch Your Back [19001]
  • Updated Version of Solaris Package Companion, v0.7 [18954]
    System Performance as an Aspect of CPUs and Architecture
    Todd Jobson Offers a Guide to Making the Right Choice for Your Workload
    Todd Jobson's blog on Processors and Performance : Chips, MIPS, and Sizing blips also appeared as an article that ran in nearly the same format in the November 2007 Sun Technocrat. Jobson examines CPUs and system architecture, as they relate to performance and capacity planning as a whole.
    Processor Utilization as a Measure of Performance and Capacity
    Using Corestat and mpstat/vmstat with the UltraSPARC T2

    Ravindra Talashikar considers core utilization in his blog, where he looks at the two metrics mpstat/vmstat and hardware performance counters, both of equal importance in the question of performance analysis and tuning. The blogger confines his discussion to core utilization in the UltraSPARC T2, noting that everything he has earlier written on UltraSPARC T1 as it relates to thread scheduling, idle hardware thread, and stalled thread applies generally.

    Need More NICs? Here's How
    IP Instances and VLANs Make NICs Multiply Like 'Virtual' Rabbits

    If you're interested in making a few NICs look like a whole lot more, have a glance at "Using IP Instances with VLANs or How to Make a Few NICs Look Like Many," where you will find detailed instructions (and the necessary code).

    Tools for Zone Migration and Zone Move
    A Glance at Some of the Available Solutions
    Sun Connection's blog site has an article on Moving zones between machines/hosts that considers both Zone Migration and Zone Move. Zone Migration, according to the blog, copies all files from the given Zone to a new host machine, then shuts down the first Zone and starts up the new one. This does not require shared storage because the data is copied over the network. Zone Move, on the other hand, shuts down the zone, unmounts the disk, re-mounts it on a new host, zone attaches it and starts it up.
    Solaris Container Manager's Consolidation Features, Zone Enhancements
    Articles Explain How to Use These Attibutes of Solaris Container Manager
    Raghuraman Sesharaman, Navin Kumar, and Amol Chiplunkar have written two articles on the Solaris Container Manager. One describes how to consolidate servers and applications through the use of Solaris Container Manager, while the other covers Manager's new zone enhancements that are included in the zone wizard.
    "Installing Multiple Solaris OS Versions on Same Hard Disk for x86 and SPARC Platforms"
    Tech Tip Demonstrates How to Save Resources When Working on Different Solaris Versions

    This BigAdmin featured tech tip offered by William Xue contains a procedure for partitioning disk slices and installing multiple versions of the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), so one machine can be used to run different Solaris versions.

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