Back... with \*BIG\* news!

Well, it's been a while since my last blog entry. Okay, it's been a \*long\* while since my last blog entry! So let's get back into it with some \*HUGE\* news!


The 2006 recipients of the Chairman's Award were announced last Tuesday, 25 April. This award honors the top individuals and/or teams for innovation and is one of the highest levels of recognition at Sun Microsystems. I'd like to congratulate all winners and would especially like to congratulate two teams (the New Boot team and the Nemo team) who I've had the fortunate opportunity to work with. Also worth mentioning, these are the only two teams from Solaris Software who were presented the award this year!


2006 Chairman's Award Recipients

Nemo (aka GLD v3): High-Performance, Feature-Rich, and Easy-to-Use Device Network Driver Framework
(From left to right) Nicolas Droux, Sunay Tripathi, (Scott McNealy), Darrin Johnson, Carol Gayo, Eric Cheng

The Nemo architecture provides the traditional DLPI interface to the network layer services, while providing a high-performance, direct-function, call-based interface. It virtualizes the Data Link layer of the network stack. There is no longer a one-to-one correspondence between network interfaces and devices. This leading-edge technology lays the groundwork for innovative growth in the network stack virtualization and resource control areas.


OpenSolaris: Nemo Chairman's Award


For additional information, check out Project Nemo on OpenSolaris.


Also, special recognition goes to Paul Durrant and Yuzo Watanabe who were part of the original core team.



New Boot
(a.k.a. The New Solaris Bootloader for x86 Platforms)
(From left to right) Jan Setje-Eilers, Shidokht Yadegari, Dana Myers, (Scott McNealy), Shudong Zhou, Vikram Hegde, Jerry Gilliam, David Chieu
Not pictured: Peter Luk, Jongki Suwandi

This team solved a very difficult customer ease-of-use problem by re-architecting the bootstrap subsystem in Solaris; simplifying and improving the boot experience on x86; and by adopting an open source boot loader (GRUB) to avoid using real mode drivers ever again.


As a result, Solaris x86 platforms now boot faster and installations are less complicated. It also co-exists better with other operating system installations on the same machine.



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