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MLB Advanced Media Scores with Virtualization
Solaris Zones to Aid in Migration of New York Datacenter to Chicago
Even before the onset of spring training, Paul Desmond of Network World reports "A virtual hit for MLB Advanced Media," that he predicts will play a major role in MLB's new data center. According to Desmond, virtualization has enabled MLB Advanced Media director Ryan Nelson to find room in the nearly tapped out datacenter for the introduction of new products that fans will see from the new datacenter in Chicago set to open in time for the 2008 season.
Project Wonderland Goes Reality One Better
So No Pigs Fly Through These Walls
Sun's Project Wonderland is a useful candidate system for facilitating collaboration among a company's far-flung employees. From the outset, Project Wonderland was planned with business collaboration in mind, according to architect Paul Byrne. Project Wonderland is a new kind of virtual world, one that mimics the physical realm when it needs to but improves on it when that's what is called for.
Datacenters Go to Sea
Start-up Plans Installations Aboard Decommissioned Ships

A new perspective on floating point operations comes from the plans of International Data Security (IDS) which aims on housing datacenters aboard decommissioned cargo ships. IDS plans as many as 50 of these installations, 22 of which are planned for North America.

A Comprehensive Overview of Sun xVM
Blog Offers Definition, Outlines Features, and More Resources

Veteran blogger Andre Wenas has assembled a blog that outlines Sun VM, including products, installation instructions, and using Windows XP on Sun xVM. The blog includes hyperlinks to several xVM-related sites. Wenas defines Sun xVM as a family of technologies that addresses both desktop and server virtualization, leveraging work from open source communities like Xen that is being built on proven Sun technology.

Events
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Webcast: UltraSPARC T2 and its Architecture
Details Sun's System on a Chip
The Sun Microsystems Webcast Series is featuring the UltraSPARC T2. Sun Senior Staff Engineer and Host Angelo Rajadurai talks with Sun Distinguished Engineer Denis Sheahan about the UltraSPARC T2 and its architecture covering commercial systems that are available with it, its core, additions, running it on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Logical Domains, tools, performance, and more.
Sixth Annual Lustre User Group Meeting Set for April 28-30th
Call for Presentations and Early Bird Registration Now Open
The sixth annual Lustre User Group meeting is scheduled for April 28-30, in Sonoma, Calif., where users gather to share best practices about Lustre technology and get advice on specific Lustre implementations from experts and peers. The Call for Presentations is being taken through March 15, and early bird registration is effective until March 31.
Sun xVM Ops Center Resources
Access Webinars, Presentations, Articles, Forums and More
For those of you interested in learning more about the Sun xVM Ops Center or with information to contribute, Sun is inviting you to join this growing community by registering at the new Sun xVM Information Center wiki. Offers access to webinars, presentations, articles, and more.
Project Caroline Headlines Podcast and JavaOne Online Technical Session
Sun Labs VP and Sun Distinguished Engineer Discuss Hosting Platform
Sun's Project Caroline is an advanced research project of a hosting platform for development and delivery of dynamically scalable Internet-based services targeting small- and medium-sized software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers. A recent edition of Innovating@Sun discusses Project Caroline and virtualization, and a JavaOne Online Technical Session also details the project.
Servers
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Sun Blade X6250 Aces FLUENT Benchmark Test Suites
Sun Blade is Best in both Standard and New FLUENT Test Suites
Once again, Sun hardware has set new benchmark results on the FLUENT benchmark test suites, besting all other results posted at the FLUENT web site at each core level from one up to the maximum sixteen cores that were available on the X6250 cluster, as reported in BM Seer's blog.
Sun Fire X4150 Now With Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor as Standard Configuration
Offers State-of-the-Art 45nm Technology, Large L2 Cache
A dual-core Intel Xeon processor for Sun Fire X4150 server is being offered as a new standard configuration. Dual-core Intel Xeon processors are manufactured with state-of-the-art 45nm technology to increase performance at the same power level, and large L2 cache resulting in higher performance - 3MB per core versus 2MB per core.
New Volume Configurations for Sun Fire X4150 and X4450
High-End Processors Now Available for Thin Configurations
Sun has introduced new volume configurations for the Sun Fire X4150 and X4450 Intel Xeon-based x64 servers. These are thin configurations with high end processors that customers and partners can build upon, customize, and receive better flexibility and faster turnaround.
4GB DIMM X-option Memory Modules for SPARC Enterprise M4000, M5000 Servers
Provides Memory of Up to 128GB (M4000) or 256GB (M5000)
Now you can get up to 128GB or 256GB of memory for the Sun SPARC Enterprise M4000 and M5000 servers, respectively, under a new X-option offering 4GM memory modules. Trade-in allowances of up to 20 percent are being offered to customers upgrading from 2GB DIMM to 4GB DIMM modules on existing M4000 and M5000 systems through the Sun Upgrade Advantage Program (UAP).
Technical Paper on the UltraSPARC T2 Processor
Details Architecture, SPARC Processor Core, Cryptographic Unit, Features

The paper written by Manish Shah et al., entitled "UltraSPARC T2: A Highly-Threaded, Power-Efficient, SPARC SOC" introduced the processor to many in attendance at the Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference in Jeju, Korea in mid-November 2007.

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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 119 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4

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 119 Issue 4, were:

Top Ten Articles for Vol 119 Issue 4

  • Schwartz Addresses Questions on MySQL Acquisition [19330]
  • Status of Lustre Since Sun's Fall Acquisition of Cluster File Systems [19319]
  • Investigating the Capabilities of the Lustre File System [19303]
  • Newly Released Publication on Redshift [19279]
  • UltraSPARC T2 Sets New World-Record Single-chip SPECint_rate2006 [19282]
  • Profits Nearly Double During Sun's Second Quarter Fiscal 2008 [19226]
  • Intel Xeon Processor 5400 Series Offered for Sun Fire, Sun Blade Servers [19116]
  • New Options Available for Some Sun Blade and Sun Fire Servers [19294]
  • Sun SPARC Enterprise T5120 and T5220 Servers Named Gold Award Winners [19308]
  • Using OpenOffice.org as a Conversion Engine [19277]
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Details Released on Open Source Community Innovation Awards Programs
    Communities Outline Program Rules and Judging Criteria
    The six Sun-sponsored open source communities taking part in this year's Open Source Community Innovation Awards program, where cash rewards will be given to the most interesting initiatives, have released more details on each of their individual program rules and judging criteria.
    Sun SPOT's Java-ME Compliant Virtual Machine Open Sourced
    Sun SPOT Hardware Architecture and Software Also Released
    The Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME)-compliant virtual machine used in the Sun Small Programmable Object Technology (Sun SPOT) platform has been open sourced and can be accessed under Squawk located on java.net. Squawk is an open source virtual machine for the Java language that examines better ways of building virtual machines.
    Using OpenDS Within Netbeans
    How to Build and Run the Open Source Directory Service with Version 6.0 of the IDE
    A recent entry on the OpenDS wiki explains how to build, debug, and run the current version of OpenDS from the Netbeans 6.0 IDE. The OpenDS community is working toward building a comprehensive, next generation, open source directory service.
    Ease in NetBeans 6.0 Profiler and Its Support of Heap Dumps
    Article Shows How to Stop Memory Leaks Simply Once and For All

    Sun's Tim Boudreau describes NetBeans 6.0 profiler's support for heap dumps in his article "Walking the Java Heap with NetBeans 6.0 Profiler: Pre-crisis quality control" hosted on JDJ.

    Sysadmin
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    Solaris OS Patch Management with Patch Check Advanced (PCA)
    Analyzes Solaris Systems' Patches, Can Download and Install Missing Ones

    Martin Paul designed the Patch Check Advanced (PCA) patching tool for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). It can be used in small environments where Sun patch management tools are not needed. Or, as one user comments, "Use this tool when you need to manage multiple hosts in an easy reliable manner... it's easy to adapt to individual situations."

    Service Management Facility for the Solaris OS: A Quickstart Guide
    Helps Untangle UNIX System Services
    Sun has created the Service Management Facility (SMF) to simplify management of UNIX operating system services. These are typically software programs not associated with any interactive user login that listen for and respond to requests to perform certain tasks, such as delivering email, responding to ftp requests or permitting remote command execution.
    Why Reinvent the Wheel? Use a Script Template Instead
    Bernd Schemmer Provides a Template for Korn Shell Scripts

    Bernd Schemmer, a frequent contributor to BigAdmin, has created a template for Korn shell (ksh) scripts designed primarily for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). Initial support for such other operating systems as AIX and Linux is included as well.

    Questions About Virtualization? How About Logical Domains?
    BigAdmin Offers a One-Stop Page for Each of These Technologies

    Sun BigAdmin has two resource pages that system administrators may want to bookmark for future reference: Virtualization Resources for System Administrators and Logical Domains (LDoms) hub. Both provide links and resources for system administrators who are interested in learning more about the emerging technology of virtualization and/or deploying Sun's (LDoms) technology.

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