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Solaris OS on x86 Systems Promising According to Gartner
Report Outlines Benefits of Sun/Dell OEM Agreement
Gartner Inc. Senior Research Analyst Errol Rasit sees the Sun/Dell multi-year distribution agreement announced last month as one that is helping Sun solidify its Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) in the x86 market.
Sun's Server Revenue Up Despite Decline in Shipments
Gartner Reports Worldwide Server Sales on the Rise for 2007 Q3

New research from Gartner Inc. shows worldwide server revenue totaled $13.4 billion during the third quarter of 2007, a 2.6 percent increase year over year. Sun experienced positive server sales in the third quarter of 2007 with an 11.4 percent growth in revenue.

Webcast Covers Multithreading for Developers
Sun's Darryl Gove Covers Parallelizing Applications
Darryl Gove in compiler performance engineering at Sun has delivered an excellent Sun "Hot Topics" webcast, covering parallelizing applications. Specific topics include parallelizing using Pthreads (POSIX threads) and OpenMP, auto-parallelization by the compiler, profiling parallel applications, and detecting data races using the thread analyzer.
    New High Performance Computing (HPC) Community Portal
    For Information Sharing and Collaboration on HPC Topics
    The Sun HPC Community Portal, which was launched in mid-November, is a member-based community for Sun HPC users to engage with Sun engineers, partners, and a generalized peer group in sharing information and collaborating on HPC topics.
    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: Windows, GNU/Linux grow while Unix stays flat (but undefeated), Multi-threading for Developers - A Webcast, and Presentations from Sun HPC Consortium 2007.
    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.

    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]
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