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iForce Technical Computing Portal Solution
Collaborative Model of Computing

The iForce Technical Computing Portal (TCP) solution now available from Sun takes advantage of the emerging trend toward a more collaborative model for computing to enhance return on investment (ROI) and total cost of ownership (TCO). The iForce TCP is a specialized service offering for the high-performance technical computing market that delivers supercomputing applications alongside typical enterprise portal applications and content.

Sun Grid Computing Solutions
At Supercomputer 2001 Conference

At the Supercomputing 2001 Conference in Denver, Sun showcased high-performance computing with expert-led discussions and demonstrations of its cluster, campus and global grids. Sun also unveiled its latest technology for the high-performance technical computing market: the Technical Computing Portal (TCP) solution. Sun also demonstrated the new Sun HPC SAN during the conference.

University of Houston Leverages Sun Grid Computing Technology
For Environmental Modeling and Seismic Imaging

Sun has selected the University of Houston as the site for creating the first Campus Grid environment focusing on Geoscience application developments. The project, led by a team from the University of Houston's Computer Science Department, will enhance the Grid environment to improve job submission and execution, and will use the Grid for research in air quality modeling and seismic processing and imaging.

Software
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The Story Behind the Solaris Operating Environment
How Sun Transformed the UNIX OS

The UNIX platform is the foundation for new Web-based and wireless solutions and advanced technologies. The Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) delivers the number one rated UNIX environment and provides the foundation for the Sun Open Net Environment (Sun ONE). But it wasn't always so. Over twenty years ago, UNIX OS was just born and Solaris OE wasn't even a gleam in an engineer's eye.

Electronic Sensors and Jini Technology
Remote Wireless Assessments for Environmental Cleanup

An article by Jon Byous on the Java Web site describes the ways in which scientists are utilizing Jini network technology for environmental cleanup. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in Richland, Washington, are using Jini network technology for a new breed of electronic sensors that can remotely gather chemical data in worse case scenarios such as toxic spills and nuclear incidents. The PNNL chemical sensor team chose Jini network technology because it allows chemical sensors to automatically join together in a network community and leverage their capabilities by "talking to each other."

Sun and the Globus Project
Advance Grid Computing Technology

Sun and the Globus Project have announced a joint effort to further the advancement of the Globus Toolkit and Sun's Grid technologies, including Sun Grid Engine Software and the Technical Compute Portal. The parties will focus on continued development of the existing interfaces between the Globus Toolkit and Sun Grid products to provide the features needed for the Advanced Web--the next generation of web infrastructure for computing, collaboration and communication.

Sun Extends Leadership in Grid Computing
New Software Improves Enterprise Functionality

Sun has released the beta version of its Sun Grid Engine, Enterprise Edition Software 5.3. This beta version of Sun Grid Engine, Enterprise Edition 5.3 software is compatible with all platforms supported by the Grid Engine Project, Sun's initiative to offer the source code for Sun Grid Engine Software to users and the developer community.

Storage
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Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Software
New GUI, APIs and Host Agents

The new Sun StorEdge 9900 Series HiCommand Software enables storage administrators to manage a greater amount of storage. It consists of three parts: server, browser and host agents. All are shipped together as a single product. The software controls LUN management and security, significantly reducing storage TCO.

San Diego Supercomputer Center
Chooses HPC SAN Solution From Sun

San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has selected Sun to build the center's data-intensive portion of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) distributed terascale facility, called the TeraGrid. SDSC will use Sun's iForce High Performance Computing Storage Area Network (HPC SAN) solution to allow multiple computers, using a range of operating systems, to seamlessly share data. SDSC's NSF TeraGrid will be a central part of a growing computational Grid, a national infrastructure that connects scientific computing resources through ultra high-speed networking.

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"Cluster Headaches"
True Developer Tales

The True Developer Tales section of the Sun Web site features real-life accounts of successes and failures from the Web developer community. A recent article was titled "Cluster Headaches." While modifying a Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology-based application for use in a clustered environment, a developer tackled a recursive process of identifying persistent objects in the HTTPSession class. The writer goes on to detail the myriad complicated steps of that process.

Sun Service Point Architecture
Delivering Services on Demand for the Networked World

The white paper, "Sun Service Point Architecture--Delivering Services on Demand for the Networked World," on the Sun Web site describes an architecture for effectively implementing application services. The ideas and technologies are geared towards IT managers and executives in organizations that are implementing software services or Web-based services. The Sun Service Point Architecture described in this paper can help decrease costs without compromising user service levels in next generation software implementations.

JavaLive! Swing Engineering
Transcript

The Java Developer Connection Web site has a transcript of the Java Live! session on Swing. The guest speakers are Scott Violet and Hans Muller of the Sun Swing engineering team. They discuss the new features and enhancements in Swing, the Java Platform toolkit for building graphical user interfaces. Additional topics include the priorities for the Swing Team, bug fixes, changes in the look and feel, support for Microsoft Windows XP and HTML 4.0, and feedback about the drag and drop features. Swing is the project code name for the lightweight GUI components in Java Foundation Classes (JFC).

Living with XML
Technical Article

There is a technical article on the Solaris Developer Connection Web page titled, "Living with XML." The article discusses XML as a tool for representing data and the relationships between the data such as transmitting data, field names, the types of data, and more. There are code examples for flat data, CSV format and others.

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