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13 May 2013 Sun Microsystems' stars: Where are they now? [30998]
Bechtolsheim, McNealy, Joy, Khosla, Gage, Schwartz, ...

Sun's stars: Where are they now?

Julie Sartain writes in Network World, "Sun was founded Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Bill Joy in 1982. Sun went public in 1986 and was raking in $1 billion in annual sales by 1988. One of the brightest lights in Silicon Valley for more than two decades, Sun's bread and butter was high-performance workstations and servers running Sun's SPARC chips and Sun's Solaris operating system. The company was also a staunch open source supporter. Among Sun's many innovations were NFS (network file system) and Java...":

  • Andy Bechtolsheim
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Scott McNealy
  • Bill Joy
  • Eric Schmidt
  • John Gage
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Tim Bray
  • Simon Phipps
  • Charles Nutter
  • James Gosling

Read on to find out where these and other Sun Alumni have landed.
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26 Oct 2012 SPARC 25th Anniversary at Computer History Museum in San Francisco on November 1, 2012 [28193]
Video of the Festivities Is Promised

"SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future" is the program scheduled for November 1, 2012, at the Computer History Museum in San Francisco. According to Larry Wake, various luminaries connected with SPARC will be on hand to share their recollections. These individuals include Sun Microsystems founders Bill Joy and Andy Bechtolsheim, SPARC luminaries such as Anant Agrawal and David Patterson, former Sun VP Bernard Lacroute, plus Oracle executives Mark Hurd, John Fowler and Rick Hetherington. Wake adds that, for those not in the Bay Area that day, plans are to make a video of the event available. Registration is required.
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28 Jul 2011 Andy Bechtolsheim Casts His Vote for Merchant Silicon [24388]
The Stuff that 10GB Ethernet Switches Are Made of

Merchant silicon gets Andy Bechtolsheim's vote as the technology for Ethernet switches. He writes that throughput and cost-performance factors make merchant silicon the winner, hands down. This is reflected in the fact that, according to him, most of the 10 Gigabyte (GB) switches manufactured in the current year are based on merchant silicon. Given the network scalability demands of contemporary datacenters, Bechtolsheim writes, only 10 GB Ethernet will do as the switch. He also comments on the features of Arista's 7050-64S and compares them to those of Cisco's Catalyst 6509, asserting that the features gap between the two is closing.
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04 Jan 2011 Sun Founders Panel 2006 [23795]
Computer History Museum (and YouTube)

Redundancy is sometimes the salvation of technology. Certainly in the case involving the supposed holdings of the Computer History Museum, without redundancy and YouTube, the "Sun Microsystems Founders Panel" (Bill Joy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and moderator John Gage) would have vanished forever since the video disappeared mysteriously from the museum's web site during the confusion around the reorganization reflecting Oracle's acquisition of Sun. Now, in all their glory, the founding four, courtesy of YouTube, share their personal stories of the early days at Sun.
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28 Apr 2010 New Arista 7500 High Speed Switching Device [23082]
Uses Ethernet, Off-the-shelf Chips: Another Win for Andy Bechtolsheim

Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim appears to have done it again with his new Arista 7500, a high speed switching device built with off-the-shelf components that is capable of using Ethernet in networking schemes. The Arista 7500 is designed to send data between thousands of servers for customers who demand extremely high computing performance, writes Don Clark in his WSJ blog "Bechtolsheim Thinks New Box Changes the Game Again."
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