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At the August 2000 LinuxWorld Expo, I found a unique company by the name of Chilliware. Although its products were still vapor during the show, it had announced an aggressive rollout of many applications. When the 2001 expo in New York arrived, Chilliware had actually delivered several products. The first was iceSculptor, a QT-based desktop publishing system. Chilliware actually tries to make money from Linux applications. The company's model is similar to the one Corel used until recently. Chilliware is developing its own Linux distribution and selling closed-source applications for revenue generation. That model failed for Corel, but a slightly different approach from a more nimble competitor may yield different results. The Chilliware product line is extremely interesting to me. Even though I am a geek, I am becoming increasingly involved with business communicati... (more)

Sun: a 3-Letter Word Meaning (Says McNealy) "Low-Cost Computing"

Opening COMDEX 2003 this morning in Las Vegas, Scott McNealy - chairman, president, and CEO of Sun Microsystems - had one thing to say above all about the future of technology: "The network is still the computer." "Through all of the noise and the stock meltdown," McNealy said, "the network remains. The network is everywhere. Those who think it's not happening are missing the bet." Considered by many to be potentially one of the most important addresses he has given since the incorporation of the company in February 1982, McNealy then went on to describe Sun's three-pronged attack on IT - with something for those running data centers, something for developers, and something for the end user. Scott McNealy in action on the keynote stage at the first day of COMDEX 2003 with John Loiacono, head of Sun's operating systems products. Photo Copyright SYS-CON Media Re-Stati... (more)

Will Sun Unveil Bechtolsheim's Opteron Boxes?

Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, inventor of the workstation that originally catapulted Sun to the front racks and first backer of Google, is about to deliver a couple of the Opteron boxes that he was brought back to Sun to create. Bechtolsheim came back to Sun and reclaimed his old "employee number one" badge a year ago February after Sun bought Kealia, his latest start-up. He was made chief architecture of volume systems products and Sun CEO Scott McNealy went on about how Andy could built a Ferrari out of off-the-shelf parts. And this is what he may have done. A source reports that Sun is going to unveil 1U and 2U dual-core dual-Opteron servers in New York on September 12 that are faster than anybody else's Opteron servers. They are reportedly faster than other people's Opteron machines by virtue of a special made-to-order Opteron chip coupled with the mechani... (more)

Sun Fire x64 Servers Enable Record-Breaking Results for University of Southern California

Sun Microsystems has announced that the University of Southern California (USC) Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC), a worldwide leader among research computing centers, has added Sun Microsystems' leading dual-core Sun Fire V20z x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers powered with the AMD Opteron processors to its powerful supercomputer cluster. USC purchased 360 dual-core Sun Fire V20z servers for the HPCC supercomputer cluster, selecting them for their advanced cooling capabilities, smaller form factor, energy efficiency and superior price/performance. Driven by a steady desire to strengthen the performance and capability of its supercomputing server cluster, which is currently ranked as the 24th-fastest supercomputer in the world on the Top500 list(1), the recent addition of the Sun Fire V20z servers increased USC's HPCC system total number of comp... (more)

Sun and Synopsys Collaborate on VCS Verification Solution for Solaris 10 Servers

Sun and Synopsys have announced a collaboration to certify VCS, a solution utilizes a unique, single-compiler architecture to natively compile design, testbench, assertions and verification IP in order to speed verification performance by up to five times compared with separate simulation and verification tools. The collaboration between Sun and Synopsys focuses on the optimization of the VCS solution's native code generation for the x64 platforms and the Solaris 10 OS. The combination of the VCS solution, running on the Solaris 10 OS with Sun Fire x64 platforms, is expected to provide engineering teams with the high performance and productivity needed to verify their next-generation designs. Sun and Synopsys have announced a collaboration to certify VCS, a solution utilizes a unique, single-compiler architecture to natively compile design, testbench, assertions and... (more)

IBM To Build Cell Broadband Engine Based Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has selected IBM to design and build the world’s first supercomputer to harness the immense power of the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell B.E.) processor aiming to produce a machine capable of a sustained speed of up to 1,000 trillion calculations per second, or one petaflop. The ’hybrid’ supercomputer, codenamed Roadrunner, will be installed at DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. In a first-of-a-kind design, Cell B.E. chips -- originally designed for video game platforms -- will work in conjunction with systems based on x86 processors from Advanced Micro Devices, (AMD). Designed specifically to handle a broad spectrum of scientific and commercial applications, the supercomputer design will include new, highly sophisticated software to orchestrate over 16,000 AMD... (more)

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal Opens Its "Readers' Choice Awards" Nominations

SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal announced today its first annual Virtualization Readers' Choice Awards. SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards, also known as the "Oscars of the Software Industry" has been one of the most prestigious industry award programs for more than a decade. This year's virtualization awards will be given in 17 categories and award-winning products and services will be selected by Virtualization Journal readers. Virtualization takes the cost and complexity out of IT, and can even help us reduce the CO2 footprint. IDC has stated that the virtualization services market alone is going to reach $11.7 billion by 2011 and in general this technology, which has been around for a good number of years, seems suddenly to be on everyone's mind. In short, Virtualization is fast becoming a key requirement for every server in the data center, enabling increased work... (more)

AMD Expands Charter for the OpenSolaris OS and Sun xVM Virtualization

AMD announced that its Operating System Research Center (OSRC) has expanded its focus to include optimization and tuning advancements for Sun Microsystems’ OpenSolaris Operating System and Sun xVM Virtualization family of products. This extends AMD’s commitment to work together with technology software partners to ensure that their OS and virtualization software layers are optimized to leverage AMD processor-based platforms’ features. By expanding research and development on the OpenSolaris Operating System, the ORSC expects to help drive increased Solaris OS performance for business customers as well as feature enhancements on AMD Opteron processor-based systems. “Sun and AMD share a long history of technology collaboration. This next step at the OSRC represents an even deeper commitment on the part of both companies to ensure that our resp... (more)

Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Being held for the first time at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA, on November 19, 2008, the Cloud Computing Bootcamp will show you how to take advantage of the cloud. Cloud computing is an opportunity for businesses to implement low-cost, low-power and high-efficiency systems to deliver scalable infrastructure. But moving to a cloud infrastructure is not necessarily as nice and clean as the providers would want you to think. With cloud infrastructures problems don't magically go away; they just shift: you don't have scalability or storage problems any more, but you need to constantly monitor the cloud and your application in it. Led by Alan Williamson, the Cloud Computing Bootcamp will illustrate all the major players and provide a hands-on program with configuration samples, live demos and working setups you can further adapt and play with. Jeremy Geelan, confe... (more)

Cirrhus9 Announces Innovation in Cloud Computing

Cirrhus9 has announced the availability of its new cloud computing infrastructure and related managed services. Powered in part by 3tera's AppLogic cloud computing platform and managed by Cirrhus9, the new services enable customers to benefit from Internet-scale infrastructure and prepackaged applications while paying only for the resources they actually use. To enhance the clients' capabilities in the cloud, Cirrhus9 has configured a suite of open source products, which provide prepackaged solutions that include email, document sharing, learning management and others. Service is available immediately at www.cirrhus9.com. The AppLogic grid operating system is a commercial cloud computing platform designed to enable a utility computing model. The system converts commodity servers into scalable grids on which users can visually deploy, operate and scale transactional... (more)

OpenCloudManifesto.org Goes Live

Just a quick note that the Open Cloud Manifesto website is now live. Direct Link to the manifesto is available here. Supporters include: Akamai, AMD, Aptana, AT&T Corp., Boomi, Cast lron, Cisco, CSC, The Eclipse Foundation, Elastra, EMC, EngineYard, Enomaly, F5, GoGrid, Hyperic, IBM, Juniper, LongJump, North Carolina State University, Nirvanix, Novell, Object Management Group, Open Cloud Consortium (OCC), Rackspace, Red Hat, The Reservoir Project, RightScale, rPath, SAP, SOASTA, Sogeti, Sun Microsystems, Telefónica, The Open Group, VMWare. Key Principles. 1. Cloud providers must work together to ensure that the challenges to cloud adoption (security, integration, portability, interoperability, governance/management, metering/monitoring) are addressed through open collaboration and the appropriate use of standards. 2. Cloud providers must not use their market position to l... (more)