Greatings from India. I'm here for a few days visiting customers and government officials, talking to local press and analysts, and visiting the Solaris engineers in our India Engineering Center. One of my interesting calls today was with the
India Supercomputing Facility for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
. The center uses Solaris on both its Sun SPARC and Sun Opteron HPC clusters and over the last few years has created some really innovative software including a physico-chemical model for genome sequencing (as opposed to the existing mathematical and statistical models), and software for protein structure prediction. But that isn't all they do. They make their software available for free download on their web site. But, the story gets even better. They provide free access to their software, running on both Solaris clusters, for members of the Indian scientific community. I didn't have to explain to them our volume drives value strategy.
After several more meetings, I ended the day speaking to the Delhi Open Solaris User's Group. India is a long way from Indiana, but the
OpenSolaris Project Indiana message received as warm a reception here as it does back in the US. So much so, that I was invited back by one of the OSUG's members to speak next month at a large open source conference he is organizing to repeat the story. We decided I could do it by webcast vs live. I love India, but unfortunately my schedule doesn't allow me coming here two months in a row.