Aachen University of Technology
The Aachen University of Technology has begun implementing the largest Sun
supercomputer in the world. Eight of an eventual 32 Sun
Fire 6800 Servers have been installed and entered production use.
The servers will help researchers in computational fluid dynamics
especially compute-intensive applications. When completed in 2002, this
clustered SMP system will be among the world's most powerful computer
systems, with total performance of 2.3 Tflop/second.
Sun and Oracle Joint Technology Collaborations
Oracle OpenWorld 2001 Conference
Sun is a platinum sponsor of Oracle OpenWorld 2001 (U.S.) on December
2-7, 2001, in San Francisco. Sun's booth will highlight the latest Sun
and Oracle joint technology collaboration and customer implementations,
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) technology, and
Forte for Java technology. Scott McNealy will make the Keynote
presentation titled, "Network Computing: Full Speed Ahead," Thursday,
December 6, 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
MultiGen-Paradigm's Vega Prime Software Toolkit
For Realtime 3D Application Development
MultiGen-Paradigm's Vega Prime software toolkit is now combined with
Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) (SPARC Platform
Edition) for realtime 3D application development. It provides users a
viable alternative to costly, and sometimes dangerous, decision-making
Sun and CG2
MultiVis on 64-bit Solaris 8 Operating Environment
Sun and CG2 plan to expand in the visualization and
simulation markets by making CG2's powerful MultiVis available on Sun's
robust, 64-bit Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris OE). By
making MultiVis available on the Solaris 8 OE, the new offering will
help enable military, government and commercial simulation customers to
turn any 3D application into a fully immersive experience.
Sun Facilitates Migration of SAP
Reducing Customer Risk
Sun offers a server migration program for SAP E-Business Solutions,
designed to help SAP customers swiftly migrate from their existing
technology platform to the Solaris 8 Operating Environment (Solaris
OE). Utilizing its proven SunReady Methodology and its team of
expert SAP migration consultants, Sun helps to significantly reduce
customer risk during the migration process.
Sun and Sybase
Sun and Sybase Inc. have jointly designed, integrated, tested and tuned
a 25-plus terabyte raw data input iForce Enterprise Data Warehouse
Reference Architecture. The offering provides a blueprint for deploying
next-generation, high-performance data warehousing. Nielsen Media
Research is the lead customer for this architecture, which was
designed, tuned and validated in Sun's iForce Ready Center. The
Reference Architecture substantially reduces data warehousing total
cost of ownership (TCO) by reducing storage requirements, delivering
faster query speeds, and reducing installation and set-up time.
Sun and ICL
ISP Messaging iForce Ready Center in Europe
Sun and ICL have expanded their alliance by opening a new ICL-managed
Sun Authorised iForce Ready Centre and installation of Sun's
iForce ISP Messaging Reference Architecture. The centre will
provide European ISPs with a collaborative environment for testing and
customising messaging solutions that meet their needs. The expanded
relationship will also focus on helping reduce time to market for the
deployment of new messaging services by Internet Service Providers
Sun Technology Used in "Monsters, Inc."
250 Powerful Sun Servers
Disney/Pixar's latest animated feature film, "Monsters, Inc.," was
developed using technology from Sun Microsystems. The film's
characters and scenes were brought to life in Pixar's powerful
Renderfarm of 250 Sun Enterprise Midrange Servers. Pixar's
Renderfarm has run on Sun technology for nearly six years, through the
creation of "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life" and "Toy Story 2."
Wenhui and Xinmin United Press Group
Deploying Sun Servers and Sun StorEdge Disk Arrays
Facing increasingly steep competition, mass media organizations in
China have tried to strengthen themselves by joining forces. One such
organization is Wenhui and Xinmin United Press Group. The press
group needed small, reliable servers to house the
information system, as well as its equally critical news reporting and
editing application, which handles everything from page layout to
prepress. The company found its answer in Sun technology.
Sun Upgrade Allowance Program
Keep Pace with Technology Innovations
The Sun Upgrade Allowance Program is designed to help enterprises
keep pace with technical innovations and changing business needs. The
main page of the Installed Base Business page for System and Mass
Storage Upgrades contains information on many upgrade programs,
including midframe and midrange servers, workgroup servers, Netra
servers, storage, workstations, components and success
stories whitepapers. There is also information on consolidating
workgroup servers, storage, midframe and midrange systems.
Cut TCO and Rein in Capital Spending
Financial Solutions from Sun
Executives are constantly looking for more cost-effective ways of
managing their computing infrastructure. By tapping into Sun's
Installed Base of Business (IBB) programs as well as Sun Microsystems
Finance lease services, enterprises can discover overall financial
solutions that lower total cost of ownership (TCO) while reining in capital
Sun and Digital Television Leaders
Deliver Sun Media Appliance Platform
The Sun Media Appliance Platform, from Sun and several digital television
leaders, is a set of three channel-ready configurations of Sun systems
and iForce partner solutions for the interactive television (iTV),
Video on Demand (VoD) and broadband Network Equipment Provider (NEP)
markets. These partners and Sun are working together to develop the
value-priced, scalable foundation that will allow NEPs, content providers
and network operators to rapidly build and deploy interactive services
based on multi-vendor open interfaces.
The Connected Home
The Internet Lifestyle
The Connected Home features Java technologies powering next-generation smart homes.
Using residential gateway devices and set-top boxes as the nerve center
for the connected home, Sun and its technology partners demonstrated
exciting new services for home control and automation, interactive
television, entertainment on demand, and advanced telephony.
Interview: Marge Breya, VP of Sun Open Net Environment
Services on Demand Strategy
The Sun Web site offers an interview with Marge Breya, VP of Sun
Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) titled, "Sun's Services on Demand
Strategy." Breya offered her thoughts about services on demand, web
services, Sun's philosophy on such services in comparison to Microsoft
and IBM, and more.
Jini Technology Community Webcast
The Jini Community Program Webcast live broadcast on Wednesday,
December 12, 2001, at 1:00 pm (EST) is the first Community Webcast. It
is a new way for the community to come together, share information and
grow. The Webcast will offer the latest updates on approving standards in the Jini
Community via the Jini Community Decision Process (JDP), upcoming Jini Program events
and Jini technology-based commercial deployments.
New 21" CRT Monitor
Sun has produced a new 21-inch CRT monitor, X7146A, which will replace
the current 21-inch CRT monitor, X7136A. The new monitor meets or
exceeds all the previous monitor's specifications and supports a higher
default resolution of 1600 x 1200.
New Sun 18.1" Flat Panel Display
Replaces Existing Product At Lower Price
Sun's new 18.1" Flat Panel Display, a complete replacement for
the current model which will be transitioned, meets or exceeds
all the previous monitor's
specifications and provides the addition of a digital DVI interface.
It also provides higher luminance, more saturated colors, faster
response time and lower power consumption. The new monitor will
list for ~25% less than its predecessor.
Sun Blade Workstations, Sun Ultra Workstations and More
Workstation documentation available on the docs.sun.com Web page includes
product descriptions, troubleshooting and product specifications for
the SPARCstation Workstation, the Sun Blade 1000 Workstation, the
Sun Ultra 80 Workstation and others.
SunClient Support for Workstations
Hardware and Software Services
The SunClient Support Program provides hardware and software
services for JavaStation network computers and selected
Solaris Operating Environment (Solaris OE) (SPARC Platform
Edition) workstations. The program delivers hardware technical support
and on-site repair (next-business day or second-business-day) from Sun
Sun Enterprise 10000 Server and SPECjbb2000
Performance Than IBM
Sun has submitted results of 230,049 operations per second (op/s) on
the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation Java Business Benchmark
2000 (SPECjbb2000) using the Sun Enterprise 10000 Server, aka
Starfire, easily surpassing IBM's fully configured p690/HPC
(Regatta) system performance of 169,794 op/s. Based on the benchmark
configuration list prices, the Sun Starfire Server achieved better
price performance than IBM's p690/HPC with Sun's price performance of
$8.95/op/s (pricing available December 4, 2001) versus IBM's
Java Community Process Program Election Results
Newly Elected Executive Committee Members
The Program Management Office of the Java Community Process (JCP)
Program and PricewaterhouseCoopers who managed the elections process,
announced the new Executive Committee members of the JCP Program.
Jini Technology Starter Kit v1.2 Beta "Alewife Project"
A Beta version of the upcoming 1.2 release of the Jini Technology
Starter Kit is available for download. This version continues to build
on prior starter kit releases by adding new features that may reduce
resource requirements in certain environments and provide greater
efficiency in building and deploying applications.
JavaOne Conference in Japan
First Outside U.S.
Sun kicked off the first JavaOne Developer Conference to be hosted
outside of the United States. The JavaOne Conference in Japan was held
on November 28-30, 2001, in Yokohama, Japan. Over three days, more than
5,000 attendees met with over 80 exhibitors. Keynotes included John
Gage, chief researcher and director, Science Office; James Gosling, Sun
Fellow; Rich Green, vice president and general manager, Java Software
and XML; and Greg Papadopoulos, chief technology officer. Several local
partners will also participate in keynotes including Fujitsu, J-Phone
Tokyo Co., KDDI, NEC Group, NTT DoCoMo and Oracle Corporation Japan.
Java Wireless Toolkit
Over-the-air Delivery of Applications and Services
Sun is offering an enhanced version of the Java 2
Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit. The early access
Japanese version of the toolkit was demonstrated at the JavaOne Conference
in Yokohama, November 28-30, 2001.
The updated toolkit securely integrates with major Java technology
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) and is the first toolkit to
deliver a set of enhanced new features that enable the design and
implementation of Over-The-Air provisioning for mobile devices.
New Java Technology Specifications
Record Number of Innovations Submitted
The Program Management Office (PMO) of the Java Community Process
(JCP) Program announced a record number of innovations have been
submitted as Java technology specifications to the JCP Program over the
course of 2001. Out of the 157 Java technology specifications that have
been submitted through the JCP program in total since the formalization
of the process in 1998, 63 have been entered this year alone. Eleven
Java technology specifications have reached final release since November 2000.