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|Sun Reaffirms Commitment to
SPARC with Opening of New Processor Design Compute Ranch
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. - November 30, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today opened the doors of a world-class facility to house its Sunnyvale, Calif., 2,800 processor-and-growing microprocessor design Compute Ranch. The new facility, and its sister sites in Austin, Texas and Chelmsford, Mass., is designed to speed development of new versions of the award-winning UltraSPARC processor by dedicating increasingly massive computing power to the task of designing and verifying complex, multi-Gigahertz, multi-100-million transistor processor designs. The ranches, which total 5,500 processors, serve Sun's 1,300-member processor design engineering team, and underscore Sun's commitment to keep the UltraSPARC processor ahead of competitors in the workstation/server technology space.
Ed Zander, Sun's president and chief operating officer said: "The UltraSPARC processor is at the heart of our strategy. We're absolutely focused on making the people, technology and brick-and-mortar investments necessary to keep the UltraSPARC architecture well ahead of the competition. The Ranch is also an outstanding example of a Sun-on-Sun solution that can be applied to a broad spectrum of customers engaged in compute intensive engineering and research work."
The Compute Ranch's main role is to perform the myriad calculations required to design new processors. To give some idea of the number crunching required for this kind of work, designing the UltraSPARC III processor required more than 400 Billion simulated cycles. At tape out for the UltraSPARC III processor--when designers send a chip "recipe" to the fab for production--data for chip consisted of 90,000 data files, occupying 23 Gigabytes of disk space.
The architecture of the Ranch, which emphasizes the power of pooled computing resources can also be applied to many other compute-intensive tasks, including mechanical engineering, architecture, biotechnology/genomics, civil engineering, control systems, aerospace, oil and gas exploration, defense, signal and image analysis, and film and video production.
Backing UltraSPARC Development to the nth
The new Ranch building is just one of the ways that Sun is demonstrating its commitment to developing advanced versions of the UltraSPARC processor product. The company's 1,300-member-and-growing UltraSPARC design team is the second largest processor engineering organization on the planet. The Austin, Chelmsford and Sunnyvale Compute Ranches plus Sun's investment in the latest processor design tools and techniques makes this engineering force one of the best equipped in the industry.
The company recently celebrated the 13th anniversary of its processor manufacturing technology relationship with Texas Instruments, Inc. Under this core-competence-driven business model, Sun focuses on what it does best--processor design--while leveraging the world-class manufacturing capabilities of a trusted partner. ...Sun Microsystems profile
|Sun's Venerable Enterprise
10000 Server Beats IBM's Fully Configured P690/HPC on Application Benchmark|
SANTA CLARA, CA -- November 29, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today submitted results of 230,049 operations per second (op/s) on the SPEC Java Business Benchmark 2000 (SPECjbb2000) using the Sun Enterprise 10000 server, aka Starfire, easily surpassing IBM's fully configured p690/HPC (Regatta) system performance of 169,794 op/s. Based on the benchmark configuration list prices, Sun's Starfire server achieved better price performance than IBM's p690/HPC with Sun's price performance of $8.95/op/s* versus IBM's $9.26/op/s.
Additionally, Sun submitted a SPECjbb2000 result of 213,378 op/s using 400MHz CPUs, which again outperformed IBM's p690/HPC with 1300MHz CPUs. These results and the fact that IBM has only shown 16-way results on the Regatta p690 system brings into question whether or not the IBM p690 architecture and AIX operating system have the capacity to scale to more than 16 CPUs.
These results come on top of those submitted earlier this month, in which the Sun Fire 6800 Midframe server and the Solaris 8 Operating Environment achieved 174,658 operations per second, beating IBM's fully configured p690 system performance. Based on these results, not only does Sun's previous generation high-end systems beat IBM's Regatta, but Sun's Midframe systems are proven to have 31% better price performance. ...IBM profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comment:- I remember seeing some of the first generation AIX systems in the 1980's and being very surprised how slow they were at running applications relative to their touted fast clock speeds. It looks like Sun has continued maintaining their edge in the performance of their operating systems software.
|Adax Card Convergences IP
with PSTN networks|
Reading, England 29 November 2001 Adax, the industry leader in high performance wide area communications and signaling infrastructure, has completed its line-up of convergence technologies with the introduction of 10/100 BaseT Ethernet capabilities for its HDC multiple protocol controller.
Adding the Ethernet ports to the HDC provides direct connectivity to the Internet and other IP networks, enabling Adax to offer the complete solution for the convergence of IP with PSTN networks. The new boards serve as the signaling interface for convergence networks, softswitches and next generation network gateways, says Adax, whose products lie at the heart of telecoms systems from giants such as Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent and Nortel.
"With the addition of Ethernet capabilities to our ATM Plus controllers last month, and now the HDC cards, this completes our convergence technology set," said Robin Kent, Director of European operations at Adax. "Together with Adax' SCTP/T software for high reliability IP signaling, our convergence hardware meets the signaling challenges of VoIP and multimedia wireless networks."
SCTP is designed to transport PSTN signaling messages over IP networks. The Adax implementation of SCTP for telecoms, SCTP/T, has been designed for Convergence, Wireless and Intelligent Networks. Adax SCTP/T takes advantage of Adax' high performance hardware, pushing critical parts of the protocol onto the on-board processors. Included in this is the heartbeat processor to establish and secure connections. This enables IP telephony networks to achieve the same levels of service, quality and reliability as those expected from a Public Switched Telephony Network (PSTN). ...ADAX profile
||I-Bus/Phoenix UK is Moving|
November 28, 2001 - I-Bus/Phoenix UK is moving. Our offices will be closed from lunchtime on Thursday 29th November and all day Friday 30th November. If you need to contact us at this time, our phones will still work at the Havant offices, but please remember our operations will be very limited. Phones at the Tangmere office SHOULD be operational from Friday 30th November. We will be open for business again on Monday 3rd December. ...I-Bus/Phoenix profile
|Resilience to Deliver First
Fully Fault-Tolerant Appliances for the Enterprise|
Sunnyvale, CA November 27, 2001 Resilience Corporation today announced the introduction of a new line of appliances specifically focused on two segments: security and storage. These Continuous Availability appliances will provide the ultimate in ease-of-use and rapid deployment for applications that require zero downtime.
With its patented Triple Modular Redundant (TMR) architecture, Resilience's Continuous Availability servers provide full protection against hardware failure. This technology has been validated by a long list of customers including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Susquehanna Investments Group, The Boeing Company, Mack Trucks, Inc. and Sears, Roebuck and Co. These companies rely on Resilience servers to keep key applications running non-stop. Resilience is now applying this proven technology to the appliance market by integrating best-of-breed third-party applications to offer pre-installed, ready to deploy, easy to maintain appliances for the enterprise.
High Availability appliance implementation currently requires expensive and resource-intensive cluster failover approaches. Resilience eliminates this complexity by providing plug-and-play implementation and easy maintenance with 60-second hot-swappable modular components all while keeping business-critical applications running continuously.
Based on Resilience's patented Triple Modular Redundant (TMR) architecture, the appliances will provide full protection against hardware failure including the CPU, memory, I/O controller, power supply, etc. Should a component fail, the module identifies itself, eliminating any diagnostic guesswork. If this occurs, the user simply hot-swaps out the failed unit while the appliance continues to run without interruption or data loss. Resilience will debut its first VPN/firewall appliance before year-end. ...Resilience profile
Editor's comments:- I haven't looked at Resilience's patent for TMR, but some aspects of this press release are a little bit misleading, if they are taken to mean that Resilience invented TMR .
I remember studying TMR, as an EE student, in the mid 1970's. As I recall, the TMR concept was originally developed by the Jet Propulsion Labs at NASA for use in their deep space probes. Also in the early 1990's ft SPARC manufacturer IMP, acquired by Sun in 1994, was also delivering products using this kind of technology. Both examples (and there are many others) were established well before Resilience was actually incorporated. I don't doubt that Resilience does have some patents related to their specific product implementation, but laying claim to the entire field of prior art in TMR deserves some balanced comment. If any of the relevant vendors want to expand or clarify this point to our readers, they know how to contact me.
|Wipro UWIN: Windows to the
World of Unix |
November 22, 2001 - Wipro Technologies' product Wipro UWIN reached a milestone today when it reached a client base of 600 satisfied users including Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco, Hewlett Packard and Intel. Wipro UWIN - a powerful UNIX-Linux-Windows Migration/Integration Toolkit is one of the four technologies in the world that provides complete Unix-NT interoperability and gives users the pleasure of working on both UNIX and Windows without having to reboot the system. Wipro UWIN aptly demonstrates Wipro's competence in the areas of Unix and Windows kernel.
Wipro UWIN is a comprehensive set of UNIX command shells and utilities providing users their familiar UNIX environment on a Windows platform. This is great news for Unix lovers as they can remotely access Windows server and work from home on their favorite Unix platform. For Corporate users, Wipro UWIN has resulted in huge savings in terms of time and money.
A case in point is that of one of the largest WAP service providers in the world. One of their most popular WAP product's code was written in Unix. To meet client requirements, they needed to replicate the product on Windows. Instead of initiating a new project, they logged onto www.wipro.com/uwin. Within no time they had downloaded Wipro UWIN and within days the product was recompiled on Windows without changing the source code, all at a fraction of the cost of developing the product from scratch.
UWIN was originally conceived by David Korn (of Korn Shell fame) at AT&T Research Labs, with an objective to bridge the gap between UNIX and Windows by providing user and development environment, and to provide an environment for smooth migration of UNIX applications onto Windows. Korn approached Wipro for a joint R&D effort with AT&T Research Labs. Wipro took the initiative of converting this research effort into a product. Today AT&T has licensed Wipro to Productize and Commercialize the UWIN product.
The integrated version of Wipro UWIN's single system license is available for US$ 199. With its client base of 600 and more than 4,500 downloads from users worldwide, Wipro UWIN has proved to be a winner all the way. ...Wipro Technologies
|Surge in SunTone
Certification in Europe is Good News for Companies Seeking to Outsource Web
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nov. 21, 2001 - Despite the slowdown in economies, or possibly because of it, the SunTone Certification and Branding Program, led by Sun Microsystems, Inc., is gaining significant ground in all key European markets. The list of companies across Europe joining the SunTone Certified ranks and delivering high-quality services and applications, grows daily. European service providers and independent software vendors (ISVs) are underscoring their commitment to quality web services by putting their services and applications to the test for SunTone certification.
In addition to international companies, such as Oracle, Level 3, Digex, WorldCom, etc., operating in Europe, those joining the elite cadre of European companies with SunTone Certified solutions include: Aspectra Business Objects, Cable & Wireless, Colt Communications, COLT Telecom, GNS Europe, Ltd., HipBone, Intentia International AB, InterNetwork AG, Morse, Twobyfour Software AB, Vodaphone TeleCommerce GmbH, Wolfe Consulting Group, WorldPort Communication. ...Sun Microsystems profile
Editor's comments:- You can't argue with the proposition that reliable internet services are a good thing, like Motherhood, Apple Pie (or should it be renamed Sun Pie?) and computers that don't need to have the reset button readily accessible by your keyboard. But Sun's got so many marketing programs that they lose all value. If you missed my spoof article about the SunBlest marketing program in the summer, here's another chance to see it.
|Titan||Titan/BTG Exchange Ratio
SAN DIEGO, CA - November 20, 2001 - The Titan Corporation (NYSE:TTN) today announced that it has fixed the exchange ratio for its acquisition by merger of BTG, Inc. (Nasdaq: BTGI) at 0.53800. The exact exchange ratio was fixed based upon $24.81, the average closing sales price for shares of Titan common stock during the 15 consecutive trading days ending November 19, 2001. Under the terms of the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, dated as of September 19, 2001, among Titan, BTG and T T Acquisition Corp., a newly formed subsidiary of Titan, Titan will acquire all of the outstanding shares of BTG common stock by means of a merger between TT and BTG, with BTG surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of Titan. The merger is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the approval of BTG's shareholders. The parties intend that the merger will be treated as a purchase for accounting purposes and, with respect to the Titan stock issued to BTG's shareholders, as a tax-free reorganization for tax purposes. The merger agreement provides that BTG shareholders will receive 81% of the merger consideration in shares of Titan common stock, and 19% in cash. ...Titan Systems profile
Editor's comments:- last month Titan Corporation announced that the U.S. Postal Service selected Titan to provide electron beam systems and services to sanitize mail to eliminate the threat of anthrax contamination. The company makes an interesting range of products including reflective memory, ADC's and military servers. But their web site is a bit cryptic in some places and it's hard to find all their products.
|Sun Previews 1GHz
UltraSPARC III Processor|
SANTA CLARA, CA - November 19, 2001 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today disclosed SPECint (integer) and SPECfp (floating point) benchmark numbers for a new version of the UltraSPARC III microprocessor that firmly positions it at the forefront of workstation/server processor performance. The UltraSPARC III Cu 1050 processor, set for availability for Sun workstation products in early 2002, features a 1.05 GHz clock speed, a SPECint mark of 610 and a SPECfp mark of 827. These respective 32% and 72% performance increases are particularly impressive when compared to the new processor's overall 17% clock speed gain.
These outsized performance gains result from improved manufacturing techniques, enhanced internal buffer sizes and management, and more efficient object code generated by a new version of the Forte compiler.
The better-than-anticipated performance gains for the new chip stem from continuous process improvements at the UltraSPARC III copper processor fab line at Texas Instruments, improved Translation Lookaside Buffer (TLB) size and management, and speedier code execution enabled through the new Sun Forte Developer 7 compiler. The Forte compiler is the most widely used software for translating program code into machine-level instructions executed on UltraSPARC-based systems. Sun believes that using the new version of the Forte compiler will also improve the performance of applications running on other versions of the UltraSPARC III processor. Currently in Beta, Sun plans to make the new version of the compiler generally available in conjunction with customer shipments of UltraSPARC III Cu 1050 processor-based system products. ...Sun Microsystems profile
|Fujitsu Siemens Computers||Fujitsu Siemens Computers
launches Active Resource Management and Enhanced Server Capacity on Demand for
Munich/Germany - Nov 19, 2001 - Fujitsu Siemens Computers has extended its Business Critical Computing capability with the announcement of Active Resource Management software (ARMTechTM) and an Enhanced Server Capacity on Demand (ESCoD) facility for its Solaris/SPARC-based PRIMEPOWER servers.
The ARMTech software allows existing resources to be precisely allocated to specific applications or users to achieve optimal server utilization or to enforce pre-determined service level agreements. ESCoD complements this with the ability to dynamically activate additional resources to increase the overall processing capacity. Together these powerful tools make PRIMEPOWER even more attractive for organizations that require the highest levels of mainframe-class, Solaris-based computing. Active Resource Management
The ARMTech product has been designed and developed by Aurema Pty Limited to provide detailed monitoring and fine-grained control of critical system resources such as CPUs and memory. The use of ARMTech on Solaris will provide increased PRIMEPOWER server efficiency, superior quality of service, and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO). ...Aurema, ...Fujitsu Siemens Computers profile
MarketingViews, a Resource Site for Switched On IT Marketers|
Baughurst, UK, November 19, 2001 - ACSL, publisher of STORAGEsearch.com and the SPARC Product Directory today announced the launch of a new web publication, called MarketingViews aimed at marketers in IT companies in the US and UK. ...ACSL profile
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SPARC(R) is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. SPARC PRODUCT DIRECTORY(SM) is a service mark of SPARC International, Inc used under license by ACSL. Products using the SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.