Tuesday Dec 02, 2008

Sun Campus Ambassadors and GEC's University Day

Last week, we had a University Day at GEC, inviting Sun's campus ambassadors from across France, their professors, and their university system admins along to learn about Sun products and technologies.

university day

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Monday Jan 21, 2008

Software Technical Event at Grenoble Engineering Center

The Sun site I work at in Grenoble is a software engineering center, where close to a couple of hundred of us work on all kinds of software, from Open Solaris kernel internals to xVM, from Open Directory Server to Java SE. Notice a common theme? That's right, open-source is Sun's development and business model for software.

Last week we held a 4-day Software Technical Event, for Sun's parters from France and across Europe, working with the technical sales force based all over Europe to construct an agenda designed by and for software developers, with the Grenoble staff being able to contribute to many of the tracks.

The event, the first of its kind in Grenoble, was a huge success, with over 200 people attending.

As concerns the technology our team is involved with, Common Agent Container and xVM, we were very happy to see a presentation by InfoVista on their performance-management solution that leverages the Common Agent Container DTrace module for remote monitoring of vanilla Solaris 10 boxes using DTrace.

 We also gave a presentation on xVM Ops Center, the Common Agent Container, and the upcoming xVM Ops Center next release as well as xVM Server, which was well received... the slides are available here.

Monday Oct 15, 2007

Innovation at Sun

I've just been on the road visiting the 'states again, with a packed agenda.

First off, I spent 3 days at Monterrey Bay at an internal Sun conference around Innovation. Some of the stuff we've been working on in the management space has been pretty innovative, and I'd had a paper accepted to this conference which is organized by Sun's CTO organization to get Sun's innovators together with our Distinguished Engineers and Fellows to share what we've all been up to and to be able to build synergy standing on each others shoulders to build even greater things.

Here's a snap of Gilles and myself down on the beach at 6am, before the conference started...

on the beach at IAS

Friday Jun 22, 2007

Blogging and brown-bags

One of the activities I get up to at Sun's Grenoble Engineering Center is to organize weekly "brown-bag" discussions to talk about something with a subject-expert. This week's brown-bag was on blogging.[Read More]

Tuesday Oct 03, 2006

Copyrights, Licenses and CDDL Illustrated

I just read this article describing the differences between some of the common open-source licensing models there are out there.

This resonates with me since we're in the middle of the process of understanding what it means and takes to open-source our work at Sun. Whilst I've already done a lot of open-source work in the more distant past, being a founder of the mklinux project (the first port of linux to the PowerMacs, running on top of the Mach microkernel I originally ported, which is now used in MacOS X and available via Darwin), things have moved on a lot since then!

Licensing is a complex domain, the article makes things very clear. Thanks Chandan!

Thursday Sep 28, 2006

Sun - Back from travels 'state-side

I've just come back from a road-trip to other Sun development engineering sites. I was talking with the various product groups in Sun that use the technology that our team builds, which is a Java-based management daemon, leveraged in quite a few Sun products. I expect to be talking some more about the technology in this blog as time goes on.

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