OpenSPARC Community Awards

Sun is sponsoring a contest with significant prizes for innovative development using OpenSPARC! (similar contests are being announced for other open-source technologies from Sun) Read the press release: Sun Announces Open Source Community Innovation Awards Program.

The OpenSPARC team will be finalizing the OpenSPARC Community Innovation Awards Contest categories and selection criteria next week, and would like to get input from the OpenSPARC community on what categories should be awarded and what criteria the judges should use to determine the winners of each category. Please make your submissions for categories specific and actionable.

For example: Category is "Best Functional Enhancement (Co processor or ISA)" This would encourage development of interesting co processors or instruction-set extensions.
Examples: high-bandwidth network controller, crypto unit, transactional memory, graphics instructions (perhaps for use in a game console), DSP functionality (perhaps for use in a high-end imaging device).

Another example: Category is "Best Architecture White paper or Application Notes" This would encourage writing 10-20 page white papers describing interesting technical issues around OpenSPARC multi-core architectures, multi-thread designs, and innovative interfaces into the OpenSPARC architecture.

Remember, each category needs to be able to be judged by the Contest Panel of judges in an objective and efficient fashion. Expect that each category will award prizes (potentially 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize) in the amount of between $1,000 US up to $15,000 US. There is a possibility of awarding a Best of Breed Grand Prize.

Please send you ideas to Steve Rudinsky (steve.rudinsky@sun.com) no later than Wednesday, December 19th, 2007.



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