New Light from Sun Labs

Arthur Cole

It's become an annual event, but how could we not be intrigued by the Sun Labs open house, in which the company lifts the veil at some of the advanced networking technology it's working on.


This article in InformationWeek has details on developments like Project Crossbow, a drive to leverage Solaris and the 10 Gbps interface card on a multithreaded computer to drive network optimization applications. The focus now is to devise a means to prioritize data so that heavy workloads can be contained on one server.


There's also project Sedna, aimed at developing a new SAN switch capable of serving thousands of nodes shuttling terabits of data. It's hoped that a new breed of capacitors will allow multiple chips to work in unison to foster speedier data transferal.


Then there's the MPK20 virtual workplace, which uses graphics and control modules to allow you to send an avatar to a virtual office where you could interact with other avatars, view presentations, and conceivably perform the same office functions that exist in the real world.


And coming soon will be the new Fortress programming language, which is based on Java but uses a more mathematical syntax that provides better error detection and is more extensible to extremely large computing environments, say, in the 1000-processor range.


You've got to hand it to Sun. It may have stumbled a bit in the past, but they sure have a way of keeping things interesting.

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