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Top500 Supercomputer List - June 2009
Sun-powered TACC and JUROPA Make Top 10
The Sun Blade X6420 and Sun Constellation placed Sun in the top 10 of the Top500 Supercomputer List, which lists the worldÂ’s most powerful supercomputers biannually. Announced at the 2009 International Supercomputing Conference, the Sun Blade X6420 is part of the Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center which landed at number 8 on the list by achieving 433.20 teraflop/s on Linpack benchmarks. The Sun Constellation System is part of supercomputer JUROPA, which earned the number 10 spot with 274.8 Tflop/s. JUROPA is installed at the Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) in Germany.
"Deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on Solaris Zone Clusters"
A Detailed How-to Paper
Virtualization technologies are a popular means to consolidate multiple applications onto a single system for better system utilization. Solaris Cluster provides Solaris Zone Clusters (also called Solaris Containers Clusters), which provide virtual clusters and support the consolidation of multiple cluster applications onto a single cluster. Specifically, "Deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on Solaris Zone Clusters" by Dr. Ellard Roush and Gia-Khanh Nguyen, both of the Solaris Cluster Group, describes how this can be done.
Oracle Data Warehouses on Sun Servers
White Paper Covers Reference Configurations, Sizing Information
"Architecting Cost-effective, Scalable Oracle Data Warehouses," a Sun white paper, describes reference configurations and sizing information for Oracle data warehouses on Sun servers for small, medium, and large solutions to meet business intelligence/data warehouse (BIDW) needs.
VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 1 Released
Major Feature Update
Those who like to try out the latest technologies should download VirtualBox (VBox) 3.0 Beta 1 that was released early this month. This release is not meant for production environments and intended only for early evaluation and testing purposes. VirtualBox 3.0 Beta 1 is a major update and includes several bug fixes and new features.
Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10 Virtual Machine Template 1.0
VM Images for VirtualBox and VMware Platforms
A Virtual Machine Template for the GlassFish WebSpace Server is available. The template provides a new method of evaluating and deploying the GlassFish Web Space Server 10 product. "The template is a VM image containing an operating system, application server, database and GlassFish Web Space Server deployed in a headless server profile and lightly pre-configured for immediate evaluation and customization to suit your deployment needs," explains Sun's Gabor Puhalla.
Solaris Long-term Viability Secure with Oracle
Opinion Piece Offers 'Compelling' Benefits of Solaris
CTO and Evolved Technologist Editor Dan Woods says the future viability for Solaris is secure with Oracle. "Without an acquisition by Oracle or Cisco, Solaris might have been put on the proverbial shelf," he writes. In a piece hosted on, Woods looks at the advantages of Solaris for business computing and offers some thoughts on Oracle's possible long-term intentions.
Cloud Computing
Explaining the Allure of Cloud Computing
And Identifying Some of the Work Still to Be Done
"No Fuss, No Muss: Developing Scalable Applications for the Cloud," enabling an easy expansion and contraction of resources as requirements change is a pretty pithy summation of the draw cloud computing has for many users. At least that's how Sun Principal Engineer Ted Leung put things during the session he and Sun Product Line Manager for developer tools Ashwin Rao led at 2009 JavaOne.
StarOffice/StarSuite 9.1
Productivity tools, Usability Improvements, Arabic Support
A major update to StarOffice/StarSuite has been released. Version 9.1 comes with many new usability improvements especially in the area of graphics rendering, more productivity tools, significant upgrades to StarOffice Base and introduces an Arabic version along with other localization features.
Sun Grid Engine 6.2 Update 3
Fixes Known Issues, Introduces New Features Including Interface for Amazon EC2
Sun Grid Engine (SGE) 6.2 Update 3 introduces new features and incorporates many bug fixes. Touted as "the evolutionary step of the Sun Grid Engine product towards cloud computing," this new update incorporates the Service Domain Manager (SDM) Cloud Adapter that provides an interface to manage Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Amazon Machine Images (AMI), supporting cloud-only and hybrid (local+cloud) Sun Grid Engine environments.
Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) v6.4.1
New Access Configuration (SAS Zoning), Custom Installation Options
SAS zoning or the SAS domain access configuration feature is part of the recent release of the Sun StorageTek Common Array Manager (CAM) Version 6.4.1. With this feature, users can now control which hosts have access to specific disks inside a Sun Storage Expansion Array. CAM software provides a common way to manage Sun Storage and StorageTek branded storage array devices.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 136 Issue 1, 2, 3; Vol 135 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 134 Issue 5
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, Vol 136 Issue 3, the top 10 articles were:

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    Sun Studio 12 Update 1
    Optimized Compilers, New Tools Geared to Ease Development
    Now available, the free download of Sun Studio 12 Update 1. This is a major update to the software compiler and tools solution. Sun Studio software provides an advanced suite of tools for the Solaris 10, OpenSolaris and Linux platforms specifically geared towards C, C++ and Fortran developers. It provides parallelizing compilers, debuggers, advanced thread and performance analysis tools and highly-tuned libraries to provide an optimized development environment for the latest multi-core x86 and SPARC-based systems.
    "Federating to Google Apps with OpenSSO"
    Managing Access to In-house and SaaS Applications
    This article, "Federating to Google Apps with OpenSSO," explains how to simultaneously control access to in-house applications and those hosted by the Software as a Service (SaaS) provider Google by using OpenSSO. SaaS applications are also sometimes referred to as on-demand software, web-based software, or hosted software. In a SaaS based delivery model, a commercial vendor develops the software, hosts its operations, provides Internet-based access, and supports applications for its end users and customers.
    OpenDS 2.0.0 Release Candidate 1
    Commercial Version Also Promised
    The OpenDS (Open Directory Service) development team announced the immediate availability of OpenDS 2.0.0 Release Candidate (RC) 1 at the 2009 JavaOne Conference. This is the first release candidate for OpenDS 2.0 and offers a number of new features beyond those in OpenDS 1.2.0, which was released in February 2009. The purpose of the Release Candidate is to solicit one last round of testing before the final release.
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