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Sun "dotcoms" HPC
High Performance Computing (HPC) is a concept with the ultimate goal that
anyone, anywhere can have access to advanced computational resources,
anytime, from any device. This model is rapidly becoming the key
distinction in determining commercial success. The quickly expanding
access speed and security of the Internet has opened the potential for
global technical collaboration. A new services-centric, web-centric,
cooperative approach to supercomputing is essential.
Sun Laboratories: Ten Years of Impact
Technology, Products, and People
Since 1991, ideas developed and refined at Sun Labs have played a major
role in steering the direction of Sun, the high-tech industry, and even
the way people work and play. Much of what is on the web is delivered
by Sun servers and powered by SPARC processors, which incorporate
technology developed at Sun Labs. In the decade ahead, look to Sun Labs
to extend its record of producing tangible technologies that matter.
Sun Labs is working on new authentication technologies that will help
make the world safer for e-commerce on a massive scale.
Success with Solaris Operating Environment
In less than 24 hours, the number of page views on weather.com can jump
from 10 million to more than 30 million. Sun hardware and the
Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) bring reliability, scalability
and predictability to the busy site. weather.com succeeds because it
delivers the information that people want 24 hours a day.
Sun, Lucent, and iPlanet
Deliver Unified Communications
Sun, iPlanet e-Commerce Solutions, a Sun-Netscape Alliance, and Lucent
Technologies announced plans to offer unified communications through a
new mobile portal solution based on the combined technologies of the
three organizations. From one "in-box," users will be able to browse
the web, check, and send voice and email messages, initiate calls from
their address book via voice command, and attach email to voicemail
messages (and vice versa).
B2E Portal Helps Biomedical Devices Company
AmedZ, a Business-to-Employee (B2E) portal was setup by Biosensors
International to serves its global network of distributors and
customers. Biosensors manufactures high precision biomedical devices,
specifically special diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular
catheters and international cardiology products for use in hospital
surgeries. AmedZ opted to outsource its entire project to iGINE, a Sun
ASP partner. By outsourcing the daily IT operations to iGINE,
Biosensors is able to concentrate on its core business, manufacturing
and distributing biomedical devices.
Reducing Energy Prices with Sun Fire Midframe Servers
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Energy services provider Pinnacle West Capital Corp. selected Sun
Fire 6800 and 4800 Midframe Servers to run key utility enterprise
applications at its principal energy subsidiary, Arizona Public
Service. The servers will run customer data warehouse and geographical
information system applications and accounting applications
Ross Stores to Deploy New ERP System
Sun Fire 6800 Servers and Sun StorEdge T3 Arrays
Ross Stores, the nation's second largest off-price apparel retailer,
will use solutions from Sun for its new Enterprise Resource Planning
(ERP) system. Ross has used Sun technology, including Sun
Enterprise servers, Sun StorEdge arrays, and the Solaris
Operating Environment, for over eight years. The company's new
headquarter systems will include iForce software from Sun's partners
Retek, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, running on Sun Fire 6800 Servers and
Sun StorEdge T3 Arrays.
Reasons to Avoid Microsoft Windows XP
From a Microsoft Windows Expert
Brian Livingston, author of books such as "Windows Secrets" and
"Windows ME Secrets," wrote in a recent column about Microsoft Windows
XP that "most companies and individuals avoid it" and lists five
specific reasons for that advice.
The Rocky Road that Led to Java Technology
Often technological innovation doesn't follow an easy path. After all,
it took Thomas Edison hundreds of unsuccessful attempts to create the
light bulb. The development of the Java software platform likewise
Secrets of the Supernet: Network Security
Executive Perspectives: Greg Papadopoulos
In his Executive Perspectives article, "Secrets of the Supernet," Greg
Papadopoulos discusses balancing the benefits of open interaction on
the Internet and the risk of a security breach. The challenge is to
create security solutions that fit the way we work today, including
employees on the road, in different hemispheres, accessing corporate
data through a mobile phone, pager, or some other handheld device.
Research Projects at Sun
Past, Present, and Future
Since 1990, Sun Labs charter have been transforming brilliant ideas
into tangible technologies that can become powerful new products, even
starting whole new industries such as Java technology. Sun Labs
current projects includes Ace, Asynchronous Design, The Brazil Project,
Computer Architecture and Performance (CAP), Interactive Collaborative
Systems, Scalable Visualization Developers Kit, and Supernets.
Sun Mainframe Rehosting
Sun Acquires Critical Path
The Sun Mainframe Affinity Program from Sun helps organizations
modernize and rehost mainframe applications. The acquisition of
Critical Path, Inc., brings an important new element of the Sun
Mainframe Affinity Program from Sun helps organizations modernize and
rehost mainframe applications. The acquisition of Critical Path, Inc.
brings an important new element of the Mainframe Affinity Program. The
Mainframe Affinity Program from Sun helps organizations successfully
modernize and rehost mainframe applications. The acquisition of
Critical Path, Inc., the mainframe rehosting business, brings an
important new element of the Mainframe Affinity Program. Two new
products from Critical Path, Sun Mainframe Transaction Processing
Tool and Sun Mainframe Batch Manager Software, enable migration
of current mainframe applications to a flexible, open computing
Top Ten Issues: Extending Your Data Center
How Sun Delivers on the Demands
The white paper, "Top Ten Issues to Consider When Extending Your Data
Center in the Dot-Com Age," evaluates the key decisions that must be
made and how Sun can help. Topics include implementing flexible technology
for unpredictable requirement, managing complexity, and supporting an adaptive,
Microprocessor Forum Keynote
Sun Texas Design Center Chief
The rapid market growth of networked client-server computing,
interacting with physical, electrical and design productivity
constraints faced by 50-million-plus transistor class microprocessors
are creating fundamental shifts in processor design philosophies,
according to Dave Tuttle, senior director of the Sun Microsystems
Austin, Texas, Processor Design Center.
StarOffice Software 6.0 Early Access Release a Success
200,000 Users Download the Software in the First Week
More than 200,000 users downloaded the early access version of
StarOffice 6.0 office productivity software from the Sun web site.
This response demonstrates the global demand for a standards-based,
multi-platform office productivity suite free from restrictive licenses
and aggressive pricing schemes.
StarOffice Software Success Story
Salpep Biotechnology, a Canadian biotechnology company working with the
University of Calgary to develop new treatments for asthma, is
using the StarOffice Software suite for its research and publication
projects. Salpep uses very large files and images and prefers
StarOffice for its superior memory management capabilities.
White paper: "Adopting the Solaris 8 Operating Environment"
An Overview for Sun Customers
Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE) can help IT
organizations keep pace with the Net Effect. The Solaris 8 OE enables
delivery of massive scale and continuous computing while increasing
service levels and decreasing costs and risks. This white paper
addresses how Solaris OE can help meet growing business demands and
provide better serviceability and increase uptime.
Sun Trunking 1.0 Software
The Sun web site contains a description and illustrations of how
trunking technology works and the benefits of adding Sun Trunking 1.0
to a system. There is also a technical brief outlining the features of Sun
Trunking 1.0 Software.
Sun Enhances Clustering Technology
SunPlex System Integrates With Solaris Operating Environment
SAP users can now run mission-critical mySAP.com e-Business solutions
on Sun Cluster 3.0 Software. The SunPlex clustering environment
offers enhanced support for users of SAP solutions through the new
Sun Cluster 3.07/01 Software High Availability Agent (HA) for SAP solutions.
The advanced clustering technology available from Sun continues to
support and complement mySAP.com e-Business solutions.
Sun Cobalt Control Station
Streamlines Management of Hundreds of Server Appliances
Sun Cobalt server appliances can be managed more easily with the
Sun Cobalt Control Station, an extensible tool that streamlines the
management of hundreds of server appliances. It helps manage devices
and monitors their status for failure conditions before failures occur.
The Sun Cobalt Control Station simplifies the volume deployment of
software packages and allows service providers to offer unique
payloads, data, or software services.
Preview of UltraSPARC IIIi Processor at Microprocessor Forum
First Use of Asynchronous Logic Design
Sun previewed a new branch of the UltraSPARC III microprocessor
family tree in a technology disclosure presentation delivered at the
2001 Microprocessor Forum conference. The presentation, titled "A Dash
of Jalapeno--Introducing the UltraSPARC IIIi Microprocessor," by Sun
distinguished engineer Kevin Normoyle, described a
forthcoming version of the UltraSPARC III processor optimized for high
density one-to-four processor server and workstation systems.
Two New Storage Software Products
For Database Storage
There are two new storage software products on the Sun web site:
Sun HighGround Storage Resource Manager (SRM) for
Database Servers Software and Sun HighGround SRM Global
Reporter Option Software.
Sun HighGround SRM Enterprise Edition Software
And Sun HighGround SRM File Prospector Option Software
There are new versions of storage software products available on
the Sun web site: Sun HighGround SRM Enterprise Edition Software and
Sun HighGround SRM File Prospector Option Software.
Sun StorEdge SAN Solution
The Sun StorEdge SAN Solution is available for download from the
Sun storage web page. This SAN solution combines modular scalability of
the Sun StorEdge T3 Array with the performance and high
availability of the Sun StorEdge Array Fiber Channel Switch series. It delivers
massive scalability, easy manageability, maximum interoperability.
Interview with Rhonda Holt
Sun and Storage
Rhonda Holt, vice president of Storage Systems Engineering for the network storage
division at Sun was recently interviewed by Kate Evans-Correia, Senior News Editor of searchStorage at the Storage Decisions 2001 Conference in Chicago about how Sun is succeeding as a newcomer in the storage market and facing challenges.
They discussed the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq acquisition and of Sun acquiring Hitachi, the dedication of Sun to software development, storage virtualization, and disaster recovery and planning.
Sun Multi-Schema XML Validator
Kohsuke Kawaguchis aritcle on the Sun web site discusses the development of the Sun Multi-Schema XML Validator (MSV) Software and its many uses. MSV is a command-line tool to validate XML documents for those who write XML by hand. MSV produces high-quality error messages. MSV also serves as a Java technology-based library for use with schema-related tasks. Kawaguchis article explains how you can use the MSV as the validator in an application. The XML MSV is also available for download from the web site.
Packexpo.com: Building Virtual Exhibits
Best Practices Case Study
Packexpo.com is a leading B2B marketplace for the worldwide packaging
industry. Originally launched to facilitate online
registration for PACK EXPO Shows, the site has since grown into a
virtual trade show running year-round and featuring contact information
for 30,000 suppliers.
GoldPass Software Licensing Program
For Forte C, Forte C++, and Forte for HPC
The Sun GoldPass Software Licensing Program simplifies the process
of administering volume licenses, tracking individual licenses, and of
adding extra licenses. It provides flexibility and simplified
administration for large organizations of more than 100 licensed users
of Forte C, Forte C++ Enterprise Edition, and Forte for High
Performance Computing (HPC) products.html
Education and Research
Redesigned Sun Educational Services Web Site
Enhanced Content and Features
Sun has redesigned its Educational Services web site to offer enhanced
content and features.
George Washington University and Sun Professional Services Program
Managing Growth and User Demands
As George Washington University began to grow, they reassessed their
technology needs and chose Sun for servers and storage solutions and
for the support offered by Sun Professional Services Program. Sun servers
and storage solutions total over 60 percent of the university's data
Sun and Stanford University LOCKSS Program
Maintaining the Integrity of Online Documents
Maintaining the integrity of online documents such as the "British
Medical Journal" and "Science Online" is the goal of the LOCKSS program
from Sun and Stanford University. LOCKSS stands for "Lots of Copies
Keep Stuff Safe." It is based on Java technology. Participating
computers continually poll among themselves to monitor files on their
hard disks at random intervals.
Sun Sponsors Student Design Contest
Sun is the sponsor of the Mentor Graphics Student Design Contest
2001-2002. Mentor Graphics conducts this contest to promote innovation
and excellence in education for designers at colleges and universities.
There are four design categories and successful entries can win up to
$7000. Entries are due by May 30, 2002. Participants in the Mentor
Graphics Student Design Contest can take advantage of a special offer
and save over 30 percent on Sun's newest workstation, the Sun Blade
Wolfgang Gentzsch Interview
Wolfgang Gentzsch is Director of Engineering and Grid Computing at
Sun. He joined Sun when Sun acquired Gridware. Alan
Bec's interview with Gentzsch for HPCwire covered topics such as why
Sun acquired Gridware, Gentzsch's conception of the Grid, and key
markets that will benefit from Grid computing. Gentzsch also discusses
the difference between the web and the Grid, the need for standards,
and the consumer groups that Sun has identified such as research and
e-Net Supplies Supercomputer for Pioneering Research
Cambridge Chemistry Department
e-Net Software, the UK's largest academic reseller of Sun, has just
supplied the country's first Sun Enterprise 10000 Server for High
Performance Computing (HPC). The computer was installed at the
Chemistry Department of Cambridge to assist in research on protein
folding. Understanding protein folding, the way a sequence of amino
acids folds into a protein's unique complex three-dimensional shape, is
crucial to discovering cures for some of the world's most problematic
diseases such as Alzheimers and cancer.
New Sun Program for University Students
Sun STAR Program
The Sun Student Technology Associate Representative (STAR) program is
designed to empower university students to deliver cutting-edge
technology presentations, provided by the Sun Technology Evangelism
team, to their peers and gain valuable experience and industry insight
in the process.
Tuning Your Apache Web Server
Tips for Achieving Maximum Performance
Systems analyst Don MacVittie offer tips on tuning a web server to
improve performance. He focuses on tweaking configuration settings,
called "directives" in Apache configuration files. He also provides tips on
searching for the configuration files, hardware requirements, and settings
in the Apache Web Server that control the number of copies handling
Excerpts from "Early Adopter J2SE 1.4"
I/O and the Logging Framework
The Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) technology 1.4 is the latest
release of the Java 2 Platform. The book, "Early Adopter
J2SE 1.4," by James Hart assesses functions that have been changed and
the impact they will have on developers. There are two excerpts from
Hart's book available on the Java Developer Connection Program web site:
Input/Output (I/O) and the logging framework in J2SE 1.4 technology platform.
JNDI/LDAP SASL Examples
There are sample programs containing examples of SASL mechanism drivers
available for use with the Java Naming and Directory Interface
(JNDI)/LDAP 1.2.2 service provider. SASL is Simple Authentication and
Security Layer. It is used by protocols such as the LDAP v3 (RFC 2251)
software and the IMAP v4 for authentication. These examples are distributed in
source form only to minimize export restrictions.
Interoperability of Open Java Technology Standards
In the Service Provider Industry
Sun has created a new third-party Auditing and Certification Program
supporting the community-driven Java technology for Service
Providers (JTSP) initiative. This program helps to accelerate the
adoption of the JAIN technology and OSS through Java technology
APIs and encourages customer uptake of Java technologies among service
providers and telecommunications companies. The compatibility testing
program helps ensure that vendors' solutions conform to API
specifications, thus enabling cross-vendor compatibility. The first
product to achieve certification is dynamicsoft's SIP User Agent Java
Forte for Java IDE Selected by Siemens
Development Starter Kit, Screening Program
The Forte for Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE) has
been selected by Siemens AG as part of a special program for mobile
developers. Siemens' Early Bird Developer Program will help make it
easier for Java technology language developers to build content and
applications for wireless devices and to bring the applications to
New Product Marketplace
NDDS 3.0 Real-Time Middleware
WaveWorks Messaging Software
Real-Time Innovations has released a new version of the WaveWorks
product family for original equipment manufacturers building
distributed systems that require real-time messaging. The messaging
software includes NDDS 3.0 real-time middleware that implements an open
real-time publish-subscribe data distribution protocol. The new wire
protocol is the first to provide real-time software developers with
many-to-many data distribution services designed for extensibility,
interoperability, and backwards compatibility.
Products and Services for Sun Open Net Environment
VistaPortal Software offers products and professional services for
Java technology and Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). In offering
these products and services, VistaPortal builds on its longstanding
consulting relationship with Sun as well as a new marketing partnership
around its iPlanet line of products.
Thunderbolt Open Database Engine
Accelerates Complex Query Processing
Dallas-based WhamTech Inc. has established www.billionrecords.com as a
site where users can test the capabilities of the Thunderbolt Open Database
Engine (ODE), a high-performance, relational very large database (VLDB)
technology that can manage data and queries at near real-time speeds.
The real-time indexes that are part of ODE allow hundreds to
tens of thousands of records per second to be added to a VLDB while
simultaneously allowing complex queries by a large number of users at
sub-second responses on a billion-records database.
IC2 Version 2.0
Complete Network Management Tool
Inciscent Inc. has released Inciscent Command & Control (IC2) Version
2.0, a complete network management tool that enhances the capabilities
of existing network management software, such as HP OpenView, by
allowing IT staff to take remedial action from virtually any location
using existing commercial packet-based wireless data networks and
devices immediately upon receiving network alerts. Features include
efficient shortcut builders for complex commands, end-to-end
encryption, and enhanced detailed logging and tracking of system
Integration Broker Version 6.0
Single-Platform Enterprise-Level Integration Technology
Version 6.0 of Integration Broker from Mercator Software Inc. offers a
single enterprise-level platform for integrating both web-based and EDI
transactions with enterprise systems and for integrating applications
throughout the enterprise, such as back-office systems managing
inventory, invoice, finance, CRM, and ERP applications. Along with new
event management, monitoring, and control facilities, Integration
Broker provides a foundation for the end-to-end business integration
environment, including vertical-specific demands.
Business Integration Portal
Compuware Corporation has extended the platform support of its business
integration portal to include the Solaris 7 (32bit) Operating
Environment (Solaris OE) and IBM AIX 4.3.3 (32bit), in addition to
Windows NT and Windows 2000, with the launch of OptimalView 2.1.
OptimalView also supports major communication standards including
Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB), COM/DCOM, and CORBA, plus proprietary
middleware such as BEA Tuxedo CICS, SAP, IMS/DC and RDBMS stored procedures.
OptimalView additionally supports every major database including
Oracle, Sybase, SQL Server and DB2.
iSystem Enterprise OMS
Automated Integrated Optimization
The iSystem Enterprise Optimization and Manageability Solution (OMS)
from MetiLinx Inc. automates integration, monitoring, optimization and manageability for the
company's recently released Analysis and Diagnostics Tool (ADT). For
the first time, CIOs and front-line IT managers have a combination of
technology and methodology to automatically extract the highest
possible performance from existing server networks and lower the
costs-per-transaction. The OMS solution has been recently validated by
Compaq Computer, which will use iSystem Enterprise worldwide to improve
the manageability and performance of servers supporting Compaq.com.
New Edition of "Web Design in a Nutshell"
Keeps Web Designers Up to Date
"Web Design in a Nutshell" has been thoroughly revised to reflect
today's new web design environment, focusing on the front-end aspects
of web design, such as HTML authoring, graphics production, and media
Viador E-Portal 6.4
Deploys Custom Portal User Interfaces
E-Portal 6.4 allows enterprises to rapidly deploy custom portal user
interfaces using open standards and point and click design tools.
E-Portal 6.4 from Viador Inc. is compatible with Java 2 Platform,
Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Application servers including BEA
Weblogic, IBM Websphere, and Macromedia JRun.
TR2020: Open Systems, Carrier-grade
For Developing Voice Over Packet Gateway
TR2020 from Brooktrout Technology is an open systems, carrier-grade
platform for developing voice over packet gateways. The TR2020 enables
developers to build more powerful and higher density voice over IP
systems, up to multiple T3 capacity. It also provides Quality of
Service (QoS) monitoring, support for GSM wireless networks and
international circuit switch network interfaces.
InstallAnywhere 4.5 Software Deployment Solution
Increased Platform Support
Software deployment solution, InstallAnywhere 4.5, from Zero G
Software, has been enhanced with increased platform support, improved
installer optimization, and integration with Zero G's software updating
solution, PowerUpdate. InstallAnywhere streamlines deploying software
to different platforms, whether it is onto a single machine, to
multiple servers, or across an international enterprise. InstallAnywhere
can run an installer in graphical, silent, or console modes. It can also
install and configure both Java technology and platform-specific