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Sun Delivers New HPC Products in Sun Blade, Sun Constellation Families
Also Adds Storage & Archive Solutions, Software & Development Tools
At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) held this past week in Dresden, Germany, Sun announced it is expanding its Sun Blade and Sun Constellation System families for the HPC market as well as adding a new Storage and Archive solution for HPC and updated software and development tools that simplify HPC cluster installation and management. Sun's HPC portfolio of products and solutions is aimed at enabling mainstream HPC customers across all industries.
Canadian Research Center Implements Sun HPC Infrastructure
Selects 78 Sun SPARC Enterprise 5140 Servers, Solaris 10 OS
High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) in Canada has selected Sun infrastructure to power Victoria Falls, its new compute cluster based on 78 Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 servers and the Solaris 10 OS. HPC codes well suited for the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 include applications that require high levels of parallelization and/or very high memory bandwidth. Running at full capacity, the Sun-powered Victoria Falls HPC cluster is designed to process nearly 10,000 threads simultaneously.
How Much Does Sun's Open Work Program Really Save?
Study Finds Employees Pocket More Than $1,700 Per Year in Gas
Sun is making a motion towards a more efficient workday for 19,000 of its employees around the world. In an in-depth study recently conducted on 100 participants of Sun's Open Work program, Sun workers' savings in time, money and their individual carbon output were reported.
Sun Ranked as One of the Most Ethical Companies for 2008
Ethisphere Magazine Publishes Annual List of the Best
Ethisphere Magazine has chosen its list of the World's Most Ethical Companies for 2008. Sun is one of three computer hardware manufacturers named, along with Cisco Systems and Xerox. Candidates were assessed on the basis of their corporate citizenship and responsibility; corporate governance; internal systems and ethics/compliance program; legal regulatory and reputation track record; innovation that contributes to public well-being; executive leadership and tone from the top; and industry leadership.
System News For Sun Users Blog Recap
Recent Blog Entries of Interest to Sun Users
System News posts items of interest for Sun users on a regular basis on the System News For Sun Users blog. A quick recap of posts for the last week includes:

  • Sun at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) 2008
  • Sun Ranked Fourth in Top 500 Supercomputers
  • Qualifying Applications for Solaris Zones
  • Managing Third Party Integration with Sun Systems
  • Sun Incorporating Symantec Storage Virtualization Software
  • Download Cool Stack 1.3
  • Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) on Solaris OS

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MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3 Announced
Offers Disk-based Data Support, Geographic Replication, Online Schema Management
The next release of MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3 - a real-time, shared-nothing clustered database system that has been especially designed to meet the high-availability, scalability and low latency requirements of telecom applications - was announced by Sun during the NXTcomm 2008 tradeshow held this past week in Las Vegas. Open sourced under the GPL license, MySQL Cluster is available for Solaris, RHEL and SUSE Linux, and Mac OS X.
Open Source Community Gets Source Code for Solaris Cluster Core
Sun's Open Source High Availability Cluster Offering
Under the name "Open High Availability Cluster," over two million lines of source code for the complete Solaris Cluster core are now available to the open source community. A podcast by Meenakshi Kaul-Basu provides details of the release. Extension Repository Numbers Over 100
Multi-platform Accessibility Draws Much Positive Response
More than 100 extensions are now available in the Extension Repository, including template packs, a report designer, tools for professional writers, translation, presentation compression functionality and others. One of the most recent releases is the PDF Import Extension that allows users to import and modify PDF documents in Draw and export them to the Open Document Format (ODF).
Screencasts Introduce Open Enterprise Service Bus (OpenESB)
Tutorial Employs Banking Application as Example
Jason Baragry has created a series of screencasts that introduce OpenESB. His screencasts show the Open Enterprise Service Bus (OpenESB) as an effective tool for building a simple composite application that shows multiple Service Engines and Binding Components. The goal is to reinforce the concepts of Java Business Integration (JBI).
Simple API for Workflow Plug-in Discussed on Screencast
Performs Human Workflow Interactions with Workflow Engines
There is a voice-over screencast that will inform viewers about the features of the Simple API for Workflow (SAW) Plug-in, a feature in OpenPortal that is intended to offer a generic workflow API to perform human workflow interaction with various workflow engines.
Healthcare Solutions Provider's Benchmark Shows Off Sun Technologies
Sun Fire X4600, Solaris 10, PostgreSQL, ZFS Tested
Tolven Inc. is an open source healthcare solutions provider that recently completed a benchmarking exercise using PostgreSQL 8.2.6 (32-bit) on the Solaris 10 and using ZFS on a Sun Fire X4600 Server. The aim of this benchmarking exercise was to determine the scalability and performance characteristics of the Tolven open source healthcare information technology solution.
How to Upgrade From LDoms 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 to LDoms 1.0.3
Supplements Administration Guide Directions

Upgrading to Logical Domains (LDoms) 1.0.3 from 1.0.1 or 1.0.2 is the subject of Jason Beloro's blog, which provides a step-by-step how-to, offering clarifications to the information available in the Administration Guide.

Download API Specifications for LDoms and UltraSPARC Hypervisor
Ideal for OS and Firmware Engineers Involved with the UltraSPARC VM
The 293-page API specification for Logical Domains (LDoms) and the SPARC hypervisor is now available from The specification details the UltraSPARC virtual machine environment together with the calling conventions and detailed specifications of the virtual machine interfaces provided to a LDom.
Mac OS X v10.6 to Support Solaris ZFS File System
Looks Like a Win-Win for Both Sides
The news is that "Snow Leopard," also known as the Mac OS X v10.6, will support the Solaris ZFS file system when it is released in about a year's time. Apple's Web site is hosting the announcement: "For business-critical server deployments, Snow Leopard Server adds read and write support for the high-performance, 128-bit ZFS file system, which includes advanced features such as storage pooling, data redundancy, automatic error correction, dynamic volume expansion, and snapshots."
Webcast: Solaris HPC Developer Tools
Learn How to Maximize Performance for MPI Builds
A recent Sun webcast features Darrel Gove, senior staff engineer at Sun, and Rebecca Amey, Sun director of the HPC software, who discuss the HPC Developer Tools software and its relevance to single core users and those interested in running clusters.
BigAdmin XPerts: Solaris 8 and 9 Containers
Have Your Question on These Technologies Answered by Sun Expert
BigAdmin XPerts section is hosting a session on Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 Containers, which means anyone with questions regarding these two Sun products can get answers from an assigned expert. In this case, it is 10-year Sun veteran Jeff Victor, who is a systems engineer currently serving as a technical specialist advising customers about server virtualization technologies.
Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 124 Issue 1 and 2; Volume 123 Issues 3 and 4
The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 124 Issue 2, were:

  • How Flash, ZFS and System Innovation Will Revolutionize Datacenters [20140]
  • Creating a 2GB USB Rescue Stick for OpenSolaris and Linux [20105]
  • Solaris Administrator's Perspective on OpenSolaris 2008.05 [20101]
  • VMware Fusion and OpenSolaris 2008.05 [20017]
  • Sun Java System Portal Server 7.2 [20057]
  • Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0 Released [20131]
  • Sun OutGrew Total Disk Storage Systems Market in Revenue [20114]
  • ArsTechnica Takes a First Look at OpenSolaris 2008.05 [19983]
  • Installing Sun Studio or GNU Developer Tools onto OpenSolaris [20111]
  • Sun CoolThreads Servers Earn Awards from eWEEK and ServerWatch [20138
    Creating a Home NAS Box with CIFS Server in the OpenSolaris OS
    Replaces the Windows Share Machine
    From the Sun Developer Network, here's a how-to on getting the most out of the CIFS server feature in the OpenSolaris OS that involves using ZFS and CIFS to create a home NAS box that replaces a Windows share machine. The operation takes about two hours to assemble the server hardware, install the OS and to configure the storage.
    A Couple of Simple Approaches to Backing Up and Restoring a MySQL Database
    Also Useful for Moving Data to New Web Servers
    There are several approaches to backing up and restoring a MySQL Database, and a few techniques are presented in an entry from the Online Diary blog with the commands necessary to accomplish each. The author notes that these procedures are also useful for moving data to new web servers.
    zembly - First Collaborative Environment Designed for Social App Creation
    Build, Publish, Host a Variety of Social Apps Using a Browser
    zembly is the world's first collaborative environment specifically designed for creating social applications. Through the use of just a browser, zembly allows Facebook apps, OpenSocial apps, Meebo apps, iPhone applications, widgets, Google gadgets and other social Web applications to be collaboratively built and published.
    Easily Add Social Networking to Web Apps, Community Sites with Project SocialSite
    Works With Java, PHP or Ruby
    The new Project SocialSite is ideal for those running web applications or community sites who want to add social networking to create an Open Social container.
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