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David Yen Discusses Sun's Future Chip Design
Sun Bets Future on Chip Multithreading Technology
The question of whether cost cutting was behind Sun's decision to abandon the UltraSPARC V processor or confidence in the coming generation of multithreaded, multicore throughput computing processors was recently addressed by David Yen, executive VP for processor and network products at Sun.
i2 Technologies Cuts IT Costs Without Compromising Productivity
Sun Fire 6800 Servers Help Save Half a Million Dollars Annually
Long-time Sun partner i2 Technologies of Dallas, Texas, is a software developer whose solutions enable customers to improve coordination and collaboration across the supply chain. i2 Technologies migrated from Sun Enterprise 6500 servers to Sun Fire 6800 servers and realized savings of $525,000 annually.
Web-based Practice Exams for the Java 2 Platform
Offerings Endorsed by Sun

Sun endorses a variety of Web-based practice exams and practice questions for the Java 2 Platform 1.2 and 1.4. Following is a list of these Sun certified exams.

Sun Java System
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"Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2: Simplified Desktop Management"
Article Explains Centralized Configuration, Deployment and Administration

The Sun Java Desktop System, Release 2 is a value-packed offering that includes the GNOME desktop environment, the StarOffice productivity suite software, Mozilla browser, Evolution mail and calendar client and the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE platform). Dirk Grobler and Matt Ruetz provide an introduction to the new solution.

Sun Java System Portal Server 6.2 Supports Windows 2003
Benefits Users with Heterogeneous Operating Environments
Sun has released the Sun Java System Portal Server 6.2 and the Sun Java System Portal Server Secure Remote Access 6.2 to support the Windows 2003 operating system. This means that users with heterogeneous environments (such as the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition) or Windows can employ these new solutions.
Research: Sun Java Enterprise System Saves 20 Percent on IT Project Lifecycle
Avoiding the Costly Middleware Route to IT System Management

IT managers, faced with the increasing pressure to improve service while simultaneously reducing TCO, would do well to consider the Sun Java Enterprise System as a means of reducing IT project lifecycle costs.

Software
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The N1 Grid Console Container Manager 1.0 Add-on to Sun Management Center 3.5
Reduces the Complexity of Managing Containers

N1 Grid Console Container Manager 1.0 is an add-on to the Sun Management Center 3.5 that makes server consolidation easier by assisting with the configuration and monitoring of the container's resource management parts. Containers across multiple systems can be created, deleted and modified from a centralized point with this release.

"Building a Bootable DVD to Deploy a Solaris Flash Archive"
Sun BluePrints Article Addresses Hands-free Installation Without JumpStart

Learn how to create a bootable installation DVD-ROM to perform an automated installation of a Solaris Flash archive without the use of a JumpStart server. Boot and installation processes as well as adaptation techniques in building bootable DVDs for custom system installations are discussed. Classic JumpStart installation and Solaris Flash knowledge are essential.

Industries Worldwide Welcome Sun's x86 Systems
Sun Fire Servers, Compute Grid Rack System and Sun Blade Technology

A variety of industry sectors worldwide are welcoming Sun's expansion into the x86 platform architecture market with its range of Intel and AMD Opteron-based systems. Automotive, government, life sciences and entertainment sectors are taking notice of Sun's x86 systems running on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS).

Events
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Calendar of Events
Links to Articles on Upcoming Events

This article is a calendar of upcoming events, with links to the articles about them. Click on the article numbers in the calendar to get more details about the event and how to register.

Sun Tech Days 2004
May 20-21, Hyderabad, India

Sun Tech Days 2004 is scheduled for May 20-21, 2004, at Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur, Hyderabad, India. The event is regarded as the premier global developer conference sponsored by Sun.

Rocky Mountain Software Symposium
May 21-23, Broomfield, CO

The Rocky Mountain Software Symposium will feature over forty education and solution sessions. Geared towards software architects, programmers, developers and technical managers, the event is designed to provide technical training without hype. This year's symposium will focus on the role of XML, Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE platform), XML, Web Services, Agile Methodologies and Open Source.

JAOO Symposium 2004
May 24-26, Cannes, France
Noted as the premier European developer conference in software engineering, this year's JAOO will examine developments in Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and how they support programming, as well as the platforms contribution toward robust, secure and performance enhanced networks with interacting object-oriented systems.
Workstation
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Assemble to Order Option now Available for Sun Blade 2500 Workstation
Design Specific Configurations to Meet Product Needs
Order the Sun Blade 2500 workstation Assemble to Order or ATO for flexibility in building specific configurations beyond the standard. The Sun Blade 2500 can now be designed with customized features required to meet individual computing tasks with this new option. It is available worldwide.
Sun Maintains Lead in 64-bit Traditional Workstations Market
Revenues Up Six Percent, Units Shipped Increase to Near Ten Percent
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Workstation Tracker places Sun as the leader in the traditional workstation (TWS) market for eight years in a row. Results are derived from comparative data over the last two quarters of 2003, which indicated Sun's worldwide TWS revenues increased six percent while its unit shipments rose by nearly ten percent.
EOL and LOD Announcements on Graphics Accelerator Boards
Changes for two Sun XVR Graphics Accelerator Boards

The Sun XVR-1000 graphics accelerator board has been ended. The Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator board provides a high-end graphics solution. The last order date has been extended for the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator board.

    Free and Open Source S/W
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    NetBeans 3.6 IDE Wins Accolades Following Independent Lab Test
    Windowing System, Code Editor Significantly Improved According to Results
    Independent sources are praising Sun-sponsored NetBeans IDE 3.6 release saying the software lives up to its long list of claimed improvements. Lab tests confirmed this release offers an impressive range of Java technology-based project types supported by automatic code generators that jump-start development and populate project navigator views.
    Download Mozilla 1.4 Browser
    Available for Solaris Operating System (SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition)
    Download the Mozilla 1.4 browser for the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and (x86 Platform Edition). As an open source cross-platform Internet application suite, Mozilla 1.4 comes with a Web browser, email client, address book, Web page composer and chat application.
    Latest Available Software Releases from SourceForge.net
    jMax, XDoclet, eGroupWare, JGraph Paris, MediaWiki and STAF Offering Updates
    SourceForge.net is the world's largest open source software development Web site that provides free hosting for thousands of projects. The latest software releases available for free include jMax 4.1.0, XDoclet v1.2.1, eGroupWare 1.0 RC5, JGraph Paris (v3.4), MediaWiki 1.2.5 and STAF V2.6.2.
    Java Technology
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    JSR 133 Moves from Committee to Public Review
    Should Correct the Problems Discovered in the Java Technology Memory Model

    After almost three years in committee, JSR 133 is entering into public review. The JSR is designed to correct the problems discovered in the Java technology Memory Model (JMM), and it also helped produce a formal mathematical specification for the semantics of synchronized, volatile and final. Brian Goetz, writing for java.net, examines the JSR in his recent article.

    "Deploying Java Web Start Applications on the JBoss Application Server"
    Includes the Automatic Update of the Client's Graphical User Interface
    A recent article at developer.com focuses on "Deploying Java Web Start Applications on the JBoss Application Server." Authors Olexiy and Alexander Prokhorenko describe the deployment process and the following automatic update of the client's graphical user interface (GUI) with the assistance of Java Web Start technology in a Windows environment.
    Two New Mobile Java Technology Courses
    "Mobile Desktop Development with Java Technologies" and "Introduction to Mobile Java Technologies"

    Sun is offering two courses on developing with mobile Java technology: "Mobile Desktop Development with Java Technologies" offers students a review of GUI interface development with the Java platform Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) and more, while "Introduction to Mobile Java Technologies" gives students an introduction to wireless application infrastructures and Java technology in mobile applications.

    Sun and Developnet Combine to Offer the BBC Interactive Capabilities
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    Sun and the mobile Java technology provider Developnet are working to bring interactive capabilities to the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) through mobile Java technology. The BBC recently launched a live interactive game show that is the first BBC game show to allow viewers to interact via their mobile phones with the help of a Java technology application.
    Security
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    Sun Alert Notification Recommends Downloading Upgrade
    Java Runtime Environment Remote Denial of Service (DoS) Vulnerability

    Sun has issued a security alert for the Java runtime environment remote Denial of Service (DoS). Recommended resolution is upgrading to SDK and JRE 1.4.2_04 or later releases to prevent an unresponsive denial of service that could be caused by a remote attack. Downloads are available.

    ISAKMP Vulnerability Could Affect Check Point VPN-1 Products
    No Reports of Compromise; Company Still Recommends Update on Enforcement Modules
    A flaw in Check Point VPN-1 products during negotiation of a VPN tunnel may cause a buffer overrun, potentially compromising the gateway. Although there have been no reports of systems affected by this vulnerability, Check Point is recommending that customers install an update on all enforcement modules to protect VPN-1 Gateways.
    Security Survey on the Solaris 10 Operating System
    Sun Wants Your Opinion on New Security Features
    Sun wants to know what you think about security in relation to the default configuration on the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS). With the release of Solaris 10 OS, Sun is hoping to balance its level of security along with the impact on Systems and Network Administration professionals provisioning new systems.
    "Digital Evidence and Computer Crime, Second Edition"
    Book Details Law, General Process of Forensics, Computer Crime
    Digital forensics and computer crime information is essential nowadays. Author Eoghan Casey has written his second edition of "Digital Evidence and Computer Crime," addressing the law and general process surrounding forensics and computer crime.
    Telco
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    Sun Ecstatic With Telco Market Surge, Convergence With IT
    Sun VP Shares Insights Regarding Industry's Future
    With over 22 years of experience in creating infrastructure, technology and service capabilities in Internet Protocol (IP) services, Sun is ecstatic about the telco market surge and convergence with IT. Elie Simon, vice president of Sun's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, recently shared his vision on telco and Sun's place within the industry.
    "Introduction to J2ME Web Services"
    Technical Aritcle Discusses JSR 172 and Web Services Functionality

    C. Enrique Ortiz outlines the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME platform) Web Services API (WSA) developed as JSR 172 by the Java Community Process (JCP). The J2ME WSA's optional packages standardize its functionality, which is essential to Web Services clients. Practical application of these packages and their support from J2ME Wireless Toolkit are detailed.

    Maintenance Release on JSR-130 OSS IP Billing API
    Downloads Available

    The Java Community Process (JCP) posted a maintenance release for the Java Specification Request (JSR) 000130 OSS IP Billing API. Categorized as a minor revision, this release has a Reference Implementation and Technology Compatibility Kit available for download.

    Optimized Java Platform for Wireless
    SavaJe OS for Intel PCA Processors
    SavaJe Operating System, which delivers Java technology performance on small footprint mobile devices with standards-compliant Java APIs, will be optimized for Intel Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA) processors and Intel's single chip solutions for GSM/GPRS and 3G networks. This program recently announced by SavaJe Technologies will include current and future platforms.
    New Product Marketplace
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    AcroXchange PDF Converter from Tailor Made
    Converts Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and Illustrator (AI V9+) Files

    Tailor Made Software Ltd. is releasing its AcroXchange, capable of converting Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and Illustrator (AI V9+) files into the well-known CAD, technical illustration, raster and Web-ready formats. The solution features multiple file conversion, command line interface and raster output including JPEG and TIFF.

    TELUS, Nuance and Sun Provide Hosted Voice Automation Solutions
    For Enterprises Interested in Deploying Voice Automation Applications
    TELUS is offering a hosted voice automation solution that integrates technologies from both Nuance and Sun. The solution is designed for enterprises interested in deploying voice automation applications with little risk and a significant return on investment. It will feature Nuance's voice automation solutions and professional services support, as well as the Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) (SPARC Platform Edition) and Java technology.
    Tharas Systems' New Hammer 100 Accelerated Functional Verification System
    Part of Sun's Verification Methodology
    Hammer 100, by Tharas Systems, is an advanced hardware-assisted simulation accelerator for the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. The product is used for functional verification of complex ASIC and system designs. It is designed to offer leading compilation speed, faster run-time performance and an enhanced debug environment.
    Suite of Integrated Management Applications: SPECTRUM 7.0
    Monitor Server's Key Performance Indicators

    SPECTRUM 7.0 from Aprisma Management Technologies is a suite of automated and integrated management applications. The suite features a new user interface, OneClick, that provides contextual views of configurations, and iAgent, which supports supports Sun Management Center software.

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