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The UltraSPARC Processor Family -- Sized to Fit the Application
A Beginner's Guide to Microprocessor Buying

UltraSPARC processors are designed at multiple design points to address specific application requirements. High-end UltraSPARC processors that support large-way, vertically-scalable, symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) environments are radically different from their mid-range and blades processor kin.

SPARC International: Open Standards Promote Innovation
Architecture of the SPARC Processor

The SPARC architecture has always been guided by its fundamental design philosophy of open standards: Open to promote innovation, to provide options and flexibility, to encourage fair competition, and to help businesses relying on the SPARC platform thrive.

Events
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Rocky Mountain Software Symposium
May 16-18, Denver, Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Software Symposium will offer over 40 sessions on XML, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), Web Services, Agile Methodologies and open source. Some speakers include Ted Neward, Sue Spielman, Glenn Vanderburg and Jason Hunter.

Eunis 2003: July 2-4 in Amsterdam
IT and Academics

Eunis 2003 will be held July 2-4, 2003, at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in Amsterdam. This is the ninth conference of European Univerisity Information Systems (EUNIS). The conference will be a unique opportunity for dialogue between academics and professionals from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) companies. John Gage, chief researcher and science office director at Sun, is one of the scheduled speakers.

NECC 2003
June 29-July 2 in Seattle, Washington

This year's National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) theme is Visions & Reflections. The conference will evaluate how technology has shaped education and if the needs of future learners changed as a result of technology's influence on society. Workshops will cover meeting NCLB mandates; hands-on training in the latest multimedia, Web, and wireless technologies; productivity and management tools and more.

May Sun User Group Meetings
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Sun supports worldwide user groups for a number of software products. These user groups typically hold two, in-person meetings each year where attendees hear directly from the product teams at Sun and have the chance to exchange technical information with peers in other customer organizations. One meeting will be online; the others will be in India and New York.

Entry Level Servers
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Comparison: Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 Server Appliance and Sun Cobalt Qube 3 Appliance
Management and Networking Features

The Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance is the next generation of Sun Cobalt's server appliance product family. Since the Sun Cobalt Qube 3 appliance is being transitioned, this article outlines the advantages of the Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance, and specifically what's new in the management and networking features of the Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 server appliance.

Enterprise Installation Services for Sun Volume Server Products
Let EIS Set Up Your System So You Can Focus on Your Business

When you purchase a new Sun workgroup (entry-level) server, let the trained engineers of Enterprise Installation Services (EIS) get the system set up and running correctly and quickly. Then your IT staff can focus on what's most important to your business and you can be sure the early stage of product lifecycle will go smoothly.

Developer
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"The Gradual Maturity of Standards With Time"
Rags Srinivas on the Stepwise Refinement Standards Process

Rags Srinivas, in his technical article "The Gradual Maturity of Standards With Time," reviews the standards process and its strategy of stepwise refinement, which leaves a particular standard improved after each of the steps it is subjected to. He refers also to interoperability testing, often conducted long after a standard is publicly accepted, which can result in yet further modifications.

Improving Translatability With Sun Proof
Sun's Initiatives in Controlled Authoring and Machine Translation

A recent LISA Newsletter article, "Improving Translatability -- A Case Study at Sun Microsystems Inc.," examines Sun's initiatives in controlled authoring and machine translation. With assistance from the Institute of Applied Information Sciences (IAI), the company created Sun Proof technology, which provides improvements in the translatability of source texts for machine translation.

Education and Research
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Sun Offers Business Continuity Solutions for Education
Institutions Can Save 40 Percent On Products and Services

Sun is offering a new promotion aimed at educational institutions. The program provides a range of business continuity solutions designed to meet the needs of campuses that want to combine strategies, systems, software and services. Sun is also providing educational institutions with special pricing on Sun products and solutions, as well as free consultation.

The University of Amsterdam Chooses Sun Storage Products
Sun StorEdge L11000 Tape Library and Sun StorEdge 5000 Disk Array

The University of Amsterdam recently needed a new storage system to deal with its range of legacy applications and huge databases. After carefully weighing the options, the university decided on the Sun StorEdge L11000 tape library and Sun StorEdge 5000 disk array. The results of the implementation have successfully secured the school's storage requirements through the foreseeable future.

University of Calgary and DeCypher Speed Bioinformatics Computing Time
Java 3D Technology for 3-D Image Analysis

The faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary recently selected TimeLogic's DeCypher system running on the Sun platform to supply critical bioinformatics capability to their Sun Center of Excellence (COE) for Visual Genomics. DeCypher compresses bioinformatics computing time from weeks to minutes and will be deployed in the Center's Java 3D technology-enabled CAVE Automatic Visualization Environment, an immersive graphics-based research environment.

Publications
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SAN Performance Analysis and Secure PHP Development
Two New Wiley Books

One of two new Wiley books, "Storage Network Performance Analysis," aims to teach readers how to analyze and fine-tune storage area network performance. The second book, "Secure PHP Development: Building 50 Practical Applications," tries to provide an in-depth guide to designing and developing secure PHP applications.

Solaris 9 Operating System Administrator Certification Guide
Comprehensive Training Materials for Exam Day

Bill Calkins' new book, "Solaris 9 System Administrator Certification," aims to provide training materials for anyone interested in becoming a Sun Certified System Administrator for the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS). The book acts as a training manual and comprehensive study guide, making it a valuable source for even the most experienced reader.

Bioinformatics Research and High-throughput Sequence Analysis Books
"Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics" and "BLAST"

There are two new O'Reilly books out that focus on bioinformatics. "Mastering Perl for Bioinformatics" covers the Perl language and many of its model extensions in the context of biological data while "BLAST" takes a look at the Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST).

    Java Technology
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    Create a Simple Socket Application Running in Project JXTA's P2P Network
    Tutorial with Code

    A tutorial from Daniel Brookshier, author and Java technology architect, illustrates how to use the new JXTA Socket API in Project JXTA 2.0. He covers the reasons why P2P is becoming more popular and provides code for a chat application.

    Using Java API for XML-based RPC with the Sun ONE Web Services Platform Developer Edition
    Make Web Service Requests Through XML-based Remote Procedure Calls

    Ed Ort of the Java Developer Connection presents a two-part article on the Java API for XML-based RPC (JAX-RPC) and how to use it with two components of the Sun ONE Web Services Platform Developer Edition (formerly known as the Sun ONE Developer Platform), specifically Sun ONE Application Server 7 and Sun ONE Studio 4 Update 1 Enterprise Edition. (The Sun ONE Application Server was formerly the iPlanet Application Server and Sun ONE Studio was formerly Forte for Java software.)

    Sun's Guy Steele Discusses the Java Programming Language
    Focuses on Language Design, Overload Operators, Overall Growth

    In a recent interview, Sun Fellow and noted programmer Guy Steele discusses some of the similarities between programming and language design, overload operators and overall growth in the Java programming language. Steele also examines his first encounter with Java technology and some of the perils that might occur if the language continues to grow.

    Security
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    "Configuring the Secure Shell Software"
    Sun BluePrints Article on OpenSSH and the Solaris Secure Shell software

    The Sun BluePrints OnLine article, "Configuring the Secure Shell Software," offers recommendations on configuring two specific Secure Shell implementations for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS): OpenSSH and the Solaris Secure Shell software. The document includes the mechanics of configuration files, general recommendations and client recommendations.

    Intruder Detection Checklist
    Where to Look for Signs that Your System May Have Been Compromised

    The CERT Coordination Center outlines an Intruder Detection Checklist for determining if a UNIX system has been compromised. The information can be used by system administrators to look for several types of break-ins. The document includes ten specific signs of possible compromise, from log files to the local network.

    List of Security Tools from CERT Coordination Center
    Tools for Network Monitoring, Authentication, Vulnerabilities and More

    The CERT Coordination Center has provided a List of Security Tools that can be used to help secure a system and deter break-ins. The list covers a range of tool types, including network monitoring tools, authentication/password tools, tools to help scan hosts for known vulnerabilities and multi-purpose tools.

    "A Reverse Proxy Is A Proxy By Any Other Name"
    Security Document From the SANS Institute's InfoSec Reading Room

    A document from the SANS Institute's InfoSec Reading Room, "A Reverse Proxy is a Proxy by Any Other Name," examines the concept of a reverse proxy along with its infrastructure, pros, cons and implementation. The reverse proxy is one which proxies on behalf of the backend HTTP server, not on behalf of the outside client's request.

    New Product Marketplace
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    AppendPDF Pro 3.0 from Appligent
    XML-enabled Tool Allows Dynamic Customization of PDF Documents

    AppendPDF Pro 3.0 is a completely thread-safe, server-based application that runs from a command line on multiple platforms. Users of the AppendPDF Pro 3.0 solution now have the capability to dynamically assemble sections from PDF documents as they build a completely new document with a variety of personalized features such as a cover page and table of contents.

    CoWare Introduces ConvergenSC SystemC Product Family
    Accelerates System-on-chip Design, Validation Processes

    ConvergenSC is an electronic design automation product family from CoWare Inc. that gives system-on-chip (SoC) system architects and integrators a tool built expressly for SystemC for the rapid creation and validation of their software solutions. The ConvergenSC suite includes System Designer, which enables high-speed simulation, architecture analysis and design implementation on a single SystemC-based infrastructure.

    Imperial Technology Releases Serv2Stor for I/O Throughput Control
    Solution Tunes, Optimizes Server-Storage Interactions

    The new solution from Imperial Technology, Serv2Stor, is a software product that enables IT organizations to optimize and tune I/O throughput between servers and storage devices. Serv2Stor analyzes and pinpoints bottlenecks in the server-storage device interaction, enabling IT departments to resolve these issues quickly.

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