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Utility Computing Just Starting to Evolve, Sun IT Exec Says
In Five Years, Utility Computing Will Be the Standard Way to Buy IT

Craig Stedman interviewed Sun VP of IT operations Jay Littlepage for ComputerWorld to learn his view of exactly where utility computing is in terms of its development across the industry.

eBay Migrates to Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
OnLine Marketplace Solves Scalability, Maintainability Issues

When it became clear to eBay management that its legacy two-tier architecture would not serve their vision of the company's future, they evaluated two architectural platforms: Microsoft's .NET initiative and the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and chose Java technology.

Sun Technology Facilitates NHL's Draft Pick ProcessSun Technology Facilitates NHL's Draft Pick Process
"Blades On and Off the Ice"

When it became clear to eBay management that its legacy two-tier architecture would not serve their vision of the company's future, they evaluated two architectural platforms: Microsoft's .NET initiative and the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and chose Java technology.

Software
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Announcing the Solaris 8 HW 5/03 Operating System
Adds Support for Sun Fire B100s Blade Server, the Sun Fire V210 Server and Sun Fire V240 Server

Sun has introduced the Solaris 8 HW 5/03 Operating System (Solaris OS) for the Sun Fire B100s blade server, the Sun Fire V210 server and Sun Fire V240 server, as well as the future UltraSPARC IIIi based workstation. This platform specific release builds on the Solaris 8 2/02 OS by adding support to the above systems.

Sun OpenGL API for Solaris Operating System (SPARC Platform Edition)
3D Graphics Application Programming Interface

Sun OpenGL API for Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) software is a 3D graphics application programming interface (API) that makes use of the OpenGL industry-standard specification for developing interactive 3D graphics applications on the Solaris OS platform. A complete set of graphics functions for defining, rendering and animating 3D models is provided for graphics software developers.

Events
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ECOOP 2003
July 21-25, Darmstadt, Germany

The ECOOP (European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming) 2003 Conference will be held from July 21 to July 25, 2003, in Darmstadt, Germany. It is hosted by the Software Technology Group, Department of Computer Science, Darmstadt University of Technology and geared toward researchers, practitioners, educators and students interested in object technology.

    EnterpriseVision
    July 28-30, Pasadena, California

    EnterpriseVision will be held July 28-30, in Pasadena, California. The event is designed to teach IT solution providers and technology vendors the latest technologies and trends impacting the midsize to large enterprise market. EnterpriseVision offers a range of meeting types and appointments to attendees and is an invitation-only event.

    Storage
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    Sun StorEdge Availability Suite Software
    Special Storage Section

    Sun has created a range of Sun StorEdge software suites, designed to offer customers availability, utilization, performance and storage resource management. This article focuses on the features, benefits and details of one of these solutions: the Sun StorEdge Availability Suite software. The software offers a range of availability and recovery options for the enterprise level.

    Developer
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    libumem: The User Space Slab Allocator
    Finding and Fixing Memory Management Bugs

    The Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS), Update 3, contains a user space slab allocator, libumem, which has a debugging infrastructure. It can be used to find and fix memory management bugs efficiently within existing code. Robert Benson introduces the libumem library, the advantages of using the slab allocator for application memory management, the debugging infrastructure and some examples using the libumem library and the Solaris OS Modular Debugger (MDB) to illustrate the ease of finding memory management bugs.

    GNU gcc 3.3 Compiler Suite Released
    Now Available on sunfreeware.com

    The GNU gcc 3.3 compiler suite is now released and available on the sunfreeware.com Web site. Pre-compiled versions for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) 2.6, 7, 8 and 9 and for Solaris OS (x86 Platform Edition) 8 and 9 can be found on sunfreeware.com.

    Sun Alerts: Sun Ray Software, Sun GigaSwift Ethernet 1.0 UTP Adapters
    syslogd(1M), Buffer Overflow Vulnerability and More

    Recent Sun Alerts cover: Sun Ray appliance smart cards, syslogd(1M) and other recent notices on the SunSolve Web page such as ID number 53584 which states that the Solaris 8 Operating System (Solaris OS) may panic or hang due to a deadlock condition.

    OASIS Approves XACML Standard
    The Latest Standard in Encoded Data Exchange

    XACML (eXtensible Access Control Markup Language), the latest standard in encoded data exchange, has been ratified by the standards consortium known as OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). XACML allows for the expression and enforcement of access control policies across a variety of environments in a simple and flexible way, through a single language.

    Education and Research
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    Sun Provides Super Computer Facility for the University of Queensland
    Using Sun Fire V60x Servers and the Sun ONE Grid Engine, Enterprise Edition 5.3

    Sun and the University of Queensland's Centre for Computational Molecular Science have entered an agreement through which Sun will provide the University with the fastest super computer facility in the Australian research community (as measured by peak GFLOPS). The solution will include 128 Sun Fire V60x dual processor systems.

    Web-based Technologies Move to the Head of the Class
    Sun's Impact on K-12 Education Market Continues to Grow

    The impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) made itself felt during the just-completed annual National Education Computing Conference (NECC). The importance of Web-based technologies in meeting new federal reporting mandates and the value of implementing Sun solutions became clear.

    Sysadmin
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    How Request Tracker Keeps Track of Helpdesk Ticket Progress
    Installation Requirements

    Request Tracker (RT) is a helpdesk/ticketing system that helps prevent lost requests. RT is free; each version of RT is released under the GNU GPL. Amy Rich has written up a how-to about RT, covering installation, configuring the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN) and other details.

    Solaris 9 Operating System 4/03 Release Notes
    Installation Issues and Bugs

    The release notes for the Solaris 9 Operating System (Solaris OS) 4/03 cover many topics such as installation issues. Chapter 1 includes details on partitioning, Solaris JumpStart software and the suninstall program.

    Publications
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    "Tomcat: The Definitive Guide"
    Making Tomcat Quick, Easy and Painless

    In their new book "Tomcat: The Definitive Guide," Jason Brittain and Ian Darwin cover Windows, the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Linux and Mac OS X, explaining, step-by-step, how to install, configure, and run Tomcat -- including automatic startup and shutdown, and every configuration option that Tomcat features.

    "Learning Perl Objects, References and Modules"
    Picking Up Where "Learning Perl," -- the Llama Book -- Left Off

    Randal L. Schwartz and Tom Phoenix, authors of the popular "Learning Perl," have followed up that title with "Learning Perl Objects, References, and Modules," a new title from O'Reilly that takes readers from the use of Perl for short and medium programs outlined in the earlier book to the realm of longer programs and complex data structures, which are covered in the new book.

      "Java Web Services In A Nutshell"
      Written to Help Developers Stay Up to Date on the Java APIs

      Part of the "...in a Nutshell" series, Kim Topley's "Java Web Services in a Nutshell" from O'Reilly is intended for Java technology developers who need to implement Java technology services or who need their applications to access existing Web Services. The book delivers practical information to help developers make sense of the rapidly changing and poorly organized official documentation.

      "MIDP 2.0 Style Guide for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition"
      For Designers of Java Technology Mobile-device Applications

      Cynthia Bloch and Annette Wagner have written "MIDP 2.0 Style Guide for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition," a book that is described as "...the comprehensive reference for designing and creating interactive Java applications for consumer-oriented mobile devices."

      Java Technology
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      Performance White Paper on the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2
      Two New Garbage Collectors, SSE and SSE2 Instruction Sets, Core Libraries Optimized

      New performance and scalability features of the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2 include new throughput and concurrent low-pause garbage collectors, Linux NPTL thread library support and SSE/SSE2 register support for floating point operations. J2SE platform core libraries were measured and optimized to decrease the start-up time of applications.

      Strategy Analytics Report Focuses on the Top Wireless Enterprise Companies
      Sun and Microsoft Highlighted

      A recent Strategy Analytics report, "IT Big Guns Take Aim: Microsoft & Sun Target the Wireless Enterprise," comes to the conclusion that the proliferation of cellular packet data networks into developed markets and the rising popularity of the wireless LAN have created a catalyst that will start a wireless enterprise applications boom.

      Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.4.2 Core Library Enhancements
      Networking, New I/O, I/O, Internationalization and Java API for XML Processing

      Many enhancements have been made to the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4.2, including user interfaces, the virtual machine and tools. This article focuses on the enhancements to the core libraries: Networking, new I/O, I/O, internationalization and Java API for XML Processing (JAXP).

      Telco
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      Sun And Cisco: Alliances, Certified Platforms
      Internet Streaming Media Alliance, Content Alliance and DCP Program

      Sun and Cisco have formed an alliance as a result of their shared goal of pushing technical collaborations that will result in top business solutions that can accelerate existing and emerging markets. The alliance is designed to focus the experience both companies have in the networking market to better provide workable solutions.

      helloNetwork and Java Technology Enable Cyberclick Agent and Telefonica Moviles
      Application Offers "Video Descargas"

      Cyberclick Agent, a Barcelona-based digital media company, has joined with Telefonica Moviles Espana (TME) to launch a mobile video-based entertainment application using helloNetwork's Java technology-based mobile video technology, helloMobile.

      Financial Services
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      SunGard and Sun Introduce New Straight-through Processing Solution
      IMpower Offers Global, Real-time, Browser-based Portfolio Management

      IMpower from SunGard is a straight-through processing solution that will run on the Sun platform which is Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) compliant. The SunGard Investment Management Systems, an operating group of SunGard, selected Sun for the new global, real-time, browser-based portfolio management solution. The solution will use Sun ONE Mainframe Transaction Processing software to migrate selected business critical applications to the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

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