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OpenSolaris Project: COMSTAR - COmmon Multiprotocol SCSI TARget
Turn Any OpenSolaris Host into an SCSI Target Storage Device
OpenSolaris Build 90 allows multiple products, protocols and device types to be supported by any Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS)-based server with a common framework - COMSTAR or the COmmon Multiprotocol SCSI TARget.
Video Series: OpenSolaris and Intel Processors
Learn How to Optimize the OS with the Xeon Processors
Find out how to optimize OpenSolaris on Intel Xeon processors in a video clip series hosted by Software Engineering Manager David Stewart, who is part of the Open Source Technology Center at Intel.
Software
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Sun HPC ClusterTools 8.0 EA2 Now Available; Supports Linux
Early Access Includes Bug Fixes, New Features
Sun HPC ClusterTools 8 Early Access 2 is a pre-release version of Open MPI 1.3 with the latest bug fixes and new features including, Linux support, DTrace providers for MPI, MPI support for Mellanox ConnectX HCAs, MPI profiling with VampirTrace, MPI profiling with PERUSE and support for C++ applications built with libstlport4. This is the first release to support Linux.
Sun Support for Java System Products on System Virtualization Solutions
Support Statement for JES with system virtualization products and features
In March, Sun released a public support statement that said Sun supports middleware products on a variety of virtualization technologies. A June update from Sun clarifies which Sun Java System products are supported with the following virtualization products and features :

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AnadTech IT Portal's Review of the Sun Fire X4450 Server
Remarkable Design, Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports for True Virtualization
Johan De Gelas with AnandTech IT Portal wrote a review on the Sun Fire X4450. His research shows that the only 2U server on the market that features the Quad Socket Intel Xeon MP 73xx platform is the Sun Fire X4450.
Blogs Unscramble Reports of Wattage Consumption on Sun Fire X4450
Argument Calls for Apples v. Apples
Reports on the power consumption of the Sun Fire X4450 Server running VMmark from two sources show that the server's eco-efficiency comes in at an impressive level. AnandTech reports the Sun Fire X4450 delivers one of the best scores among all 16-core results.
Sun Fire X4150 with New Intel Xeon E5450 Processor
Transition Begins for Intel Xeon L5335 Processor
Sun is making new standard configurations and options available for the Sun Fire X4150 Server with the Intel Xeon E5450 processor, as well as for the Intel Xeon L5420 processor options for the Sun Fire X4150, and, at the same time, the company is replacing the Intel Xeon L5335 processor. Sun is also beginning to transition the earlier standard configurations for the Sun Fire X4150.
Sun Fire X2200 M2 AMD Opteron High Efficiency Quad Core
Standard Configuration, ATO Options and Upgrade Kit
Sun has released the second model of the Sun Fire X2200 server. These M2 servers with the new High Efficiency (HE) quad core AMD Opteron processors save power draw, running at an Average CPU Power (ACP) of just 55 Watts, while offering quad core performance enhancements. A few new features are the new quad core Sun Fire X2200 M2 HE standard configuration, ATO processor options and upgrade kit for dual core Sun Fire X2200 M2 servers.
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Top Ten Articles for last Issue
Volume 124 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Volume 123 Issue 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. The top 10 articles for last week, Vol 124 Issue 3, were:

  • Sun BluePrints: Understanding the Sun xVM Hypervisor Architecture [20024]

  • Is ZFS Right for Replication Between Your Remote Sites? [19984]

  • Overview of the Sun xVM Hypervisor [20013]

  • Creating a Home NAS Box with CIFS Server in the OpenSolaris OS [20036]

  • Upgrade or Patch: Considering the Solaris 10 05/08 (Update 5) Patch Bundle [20133]

  • Mac OS X v10.6 to Support Solaris ZFS File System [20146]

  • How to Upgrade From LDoms 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 to LDoms 1.0.3 [20104]

  • A Couple of Simple Approaches to Backing Up and Restoring a MySQL Database [20135]

  • MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition 6.3 Announced [20178]

  • Sun Delivers New HPC Products in Sun Blade, Sun Constellation Families [20179]

The longer version of this article lists the top 10 articles for each of the last four weeks.

    Sysadmin
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    Using Virtualization to Improve Scalability and System Performance
    Logical Domains and CMT Prove their Worth in Boosting T5220 Results
    Virtualization is one approach to improving application software scalability and system utilization, report Ning Sun and Lee Anne Simmons in the Sun BluePrints Online article. With Sun's CMT platform and the Logical Domains (LDoms) virtualization technology, deploying an application in a virtualized environment resulted in better utilization of system resources and delivered as much as 10-times improvement in performance when compared to a single application instance running on the system.
    A Comparison of MySQL and Oracle Features and Functionality
    To Each, His Own Software
    MySQL is generally used by businesses that are just starting out or for smaller projects. Oracle, on the other hand, supports large OLTP environments and VLDBs. The products are said to not be comparable because they each have their own purpose depending on what the customer is trying to accomplish. In a recent blog entry George Trujillo had a feature comparison of both from a DBA perspective.
    Recent Articles and Resources Posted on BigAdmin
    An Excellent Source for Solaris System Administrators
    Sun's BigAdmin site is an excellent resource for Sun system administrators. This article contains links to some recent resources promoted on BigAdmin:

    Java Technology
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    Creating JavaFX Script Objects and Using Them in Java Programs
    Exploiting the Inherent Strengths of JavaFX Scripts
    Michael Heinrichs has written a Sun Developer Network article on "Using JavaFX Script Objects in Java Programs." This process is a fairly easy one, he maintains, because JavaFX Script was designed to enable the use of Java objects and because the necessary instruments are built right into the language. He demonstrates possible ways to create JavaFX objects and to use them in Java code.
    VisualVM Series Incorporates the Latest VisualVM APIs
    Blog Offers Tutorials on Extending VisualVM

    NetBeans Technical Writer Geertjian has revised his tutorial blog entries on VisualVM to incorporate the latest VisualVM APIs. He also has referenced a new set of samples and templates he finds helpful in getting started, along with information on troubleshooting each blog entry's particular scenario.

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