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Java Technology Used by Thai Government & NASA
Popularity of Java Technology-based Smart Cards Grows
Sun has gained new Java technology-based smart card deployments with National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA) and the government of Thailand. These successes and others demonstrate the growing adoption of Java technology.
Interview: Antero Taivalsaari, KVM, Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition Pioneer
Wireless Market is a Fertile New Ground for Developers

Qusay Mahmoud conducted a lengthy interview with Antero Taivalsaari, the father of KVM, the highly compact Java virtual machine developed to run applications on cell phones, pagers and other small devices. Taivalsaari shared his experiences with and vision for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).

Java Verified Program in Brief
Links to Resources

Consolidate testing for mobile applications written in the Java programming language with the Java Verified program. Access resources such as documentation and testing criteria.

Course: Developing Mobile Applications on the J2ME Platform Using CLDC and MIDP
Lab Workshop with Practical Exercises

This course covers how to write mobile, cross-device applications for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME).

Hardware
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Sun's David Yen Examines the Future of Moore's Law
Machines and Networks May Soon Work Smarter, Not Harder
A recent news.com article by Sun's David Yen examines how the debate over Moore's Law may be a search in the wrong direction. Instead of pushing the physical speed and performance limits of microprocessors, Yen sees a future where machines and networks divide the work more intelligently, and thus produce better results.
SX200 Thin Client OEM Board
Secure, Flexible
The SX200 thin client OEM board offers a number of features for OEMs to use. It is a secure "stateless" board with no local data. It provides access to applications running on multiple platforms, including the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS), Java technology, and Microsoft NT 4.0 or 2000 (via interoperability software), and mainframe environments.
UltraSPARC s400 Uniboards on Sun Fire Servers
Twice the Compute Throughput

UltraSPARC s400 Uniboards for Sun's midrange and high-end servers offer up to twice the compute throughput of UltraSPARC III processors (depending on workload) while occupying the same footprint.

EOL: Sun 18-inch LCD Monitor
Last Order Date May 14

With new LCD technologies now available, Sun is discontinuing its 18-inch LCD monitor. The last order date is May 14, 2004, and the last ship date is August 13, 2004.

    Events
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    TeamQuest Seminar, "Information Technology Trends"
    March 24, San Francisco, CA
    A free TeamQuest seminar examining "Information Technology Trends" will be held on March 24, in San Francisco, CA. Individuals from Sun Microsystems, Thomas Weisel Partners LLC and TeamQuest will speak on several key issues involving current and future trends in IT. A Q&A session and technical demonstrations will also be featured.
    Third Annual PKI R&D Workshop
    April 12-14, Gaithersburg, MD
    Coming this April, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) will host its third annual R&D workshop at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, MD. The workshop explores all aspects of public key-enabled security services and future technological advancements within the industry.
    Oracle Users Conference: IOUG Live! 2004
    April 18-22, Toronto, Canada
    The International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) is an education conference for Oracle users. There will be over 200 sessions to choose from, with a special group on Oracle 10g. Topics include DBA, Development, Infrastructure, Data Warehousing and more.
    Servers
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    Announcing Sun Fire E20K & Sun Fire E25K High-End Data Center Servers
    First Servers to Employ the UltraSPARC IV Processor

    Sun launched the Sun Fire E20K and Sun Fire E25K data center servers, the first high-end systems from Sun to be based on UltraSPARC IV processors with the Chip Multithreading (CMT) technology that enables Sun's Throughput Computing strategy. This advance in technology gives users twice the compute power within the same footprint as servers using the UltraSPARC III processor.

    New Fault Management Technology from Sun Microsystems
    Extends Service Uptime, Reduces TCO, Enhances System Manageability

    Sun's new fault management technology, designed in conjunction with its server hardware, minimizes system failures stemming from hardware or software faults by employing diagnosis, fault isolation and self-healing, thereby ensuring users of higher availability levels. The three features of this technology are auto diagnosis and recovery, persistent CPU offlining and memory page retirement. Others will be added in the future.

    SunPlex Environment Now Available for Sun Fire Enterprise Line
    Delivers Higher Service Levels, Reduces Cost and Risk

    The SunPlex system, a Service Level Management platform that facilitates delivery of higher service levels at lower cost and reduced risk, now supports the following Sun Fire enterprise line of servers with Sun Java System Cluster 3.0 and 3.1 software: Sun Fire E2900, E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers.

    Hot Swappable PCI+ I/O Assembly Available for Sun Fire High-end Servers
    Unit Enhances Performance by up to 60 Percent and Lowers TCO

    Sun now offers a new hot swappable PCI+ (hsPCI+) I/O assembly for Sun Fire high-end data center servers. This high bandwidth I/O assembly provides up to 60 percent performance improvement over the existing hsPCI I/O assembly and is compatible with all 66 MHz PCI cards currently qualified on Sun Fire E20K, E25K, 12K and 15K servers.

    Lower Price for the Sun Fire Link Interconnect
    Enables Clustered Applications to Run Faster

    The Sun Fire Link for Sun Fire 6800 servers and Sun Fire 12K servers and Sun Fire 15K servers will be repriced at a lower cost.

    UltraSPARC III 1.2 GHz Cu Uniboards at 35 Percent Discount
    Available for Upgrades to Certain Sun Fire Servers
    Sun currently offers a promotional trade-in allowance of up to 35 percent for upgrades of the UltraSPARC III Uniboard toward the purchase of the new UltraSPARC III Cu 1.2 GHz Uniboard for the Sun Fire 3800, 4800, 6800, 12K and 15K servers.
    Sun StorEdge 6000 Family Storage System and Sun Fire Server Promotion
    Save 30 Percent

    Sun is running a promotion through September 30, 2004, on the Sun StorEdge 6000 family storage system, which it offers at a 30 percent discount when ordered with any 12-way or larger server from among either the Netra 1280 server or any one of the following Sun Fire servers: the E2900, E4900, E6900, E7900, E20K, E25K, V12809, 4800, 6800 12K or 15K. For more information, see article [12293].

    Sysadmin
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    Dynamic Resource Pools and Expanded Disk Set Support Features of Solaris 10 Operating System
    Reduce the Need to Reboot

    Solaris Product Manager Bill Moffitt talked with internet.com about features of Solaris 10 Operating System (Solaris OS) such as Dynamic Resource Pools (DRP) and Expanded Disk Set Support in Solaris Volume Manager (SVM).

    Best Practices for Sun Ray Appliance Deployment
    Network Topology Options and Configuration Tasks

    The Sun BluePrints OnLine document, "Sun Ray Deployment on Shared Networks", provides network administrators with best practices for deploying Sun Ray thin clients on varied existing network topologies.

    Package for Sun Ray Appliance Smart Card Reader
    To be Utilized as a PC/SC Compliant Reader

    The PC/SC SRCOM bypass 1.0 package is to be used with Sun Ray Server software 2.0 with a patch level at or above 114880-03. This package enables the integrated Sun Ray appliance smart card reader to be utilized as a PC/SC compliant reader when used with third-party middleware products.

    Multiple Page Size Support
    In the Solaris Operating System

    A Sun BluePrints OnLine article explains how to engage the multiple page size support (MPSS) feature on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) and how to analyze its effect on performance. The article also points out things to watch for such as large page fragmentation.

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