Friday Aug 31, 2007

Create your own movie at

Did you know that you can create your own movie at

Yes, that's right! The popular frame rendering software, Blender, is currently available from Application Catalog. Blender offers full functionality for modeling, rendering, animation, post-production, creation and playback of interactive 3D content with the singular benefits of cross-platform operability and a download file size of less than 2.5MB. image

However, if you are not using Blender in a parallel computing environment, it takes literally hours to create the frames that will make up your movie. The version of Blender available from the Application Catalog can run simultaneously on multiple CPUs in the Sun Grid Compute Utility environment, so you get your frames rendered in orders of magnitude faster. And at $1/CPU-hr, it is very affordable not only for professional artists, but also to occasional hobbyists. Check it out to create 3D visualizations, stills as well as broadcast quality video at

Tuesday Aug 21, 2007 is now available in the Netherlands

The on-demand pay-as-you-go Sun Grid Compute Utility service from is now available in the Netherlands. With this addition, grid service is currently available in 25 countries. We continue to see growth of the service since opening it up internationally in May 2007.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

How to use the Application Catalog

This flash video shows how easy it is to tap into's powerful and affordable compute resources and takes viewers through the process of selecting an application, creating and running a job, and downloading the results.

  View the Demo

Check out here on how to become a Sun Grid developer and here for becoming a Sun ISV partner for

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

Brookhaven National Laboratory selects for its computational needs

For years science research labs and organizations have been researching, simulating and recreating phenomenon’s occurring in our world for environmental discovery, medical research, the history of our universe and human life. This research commands high power computing ability to run, analyze, and store such recreations and information.

Recently Sun Grid Compute Utility, a computing infrastructure that provides massive computational needs on an on-demand basis, has been powering the Brookhaven National Laboratory Solenoidal Tracker (STAR) project taking place at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Brookhaven National Laboratory has recently ported STARSIM, the mainstay simulation application for the STAR project, to the Solaris 10 OS to take advantage of the computational power provided by Sun Grid Compute Utility (available from Sun Microsystems' and is approaching the next frontiers in their studies of the "perfect liquid" formed from nuclear matter under extreme conditions. The pay-as-you-use model offered by Sun Grid Compute Utility is helping move Brookhaven National Laboratory’s simulation effort forward efficiently and without any additional infrastructure investment.

Learn more about Sun Grid Compute Utility here.
Image from Brookhaven National Laboratory
(Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory)

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Sun Grid Compute Utility creates innovative market offering for data solutions provider

New Jersey-based Infosolve Technologies gives customers the ability to rapidly integrate, cleanse and standardize their enterprise data. Since its inception in 2003, the company has acquired customers of all kinds and sizes -- from Fortune 50 global giants to non-profit organizations -- across a wide range of industries.

To accommodate the increase in customers, Infosolve looked to scale its internal IT infrastructure but the costs of procuring, maintaining, managing and continuously expanding new server clusters were prohibitive. In weighing up its options, Infosolve decided on Sun Grid Compute Utility, accessed through Sun’s pay-for-use service. This has resulted in a saving of $150,000 per year/per server node versus a conventional hosting service in addition to avoiding expenditures in the region of $250,000 - $300,000 per year to build and maintain an in-house server cluster, in addition to gaining increased flexibility to meet clients varying needs.

Subbu Manchiraju, VP of Infosolve Technologies, recently discussed the company's story in more detail, highlighting the cost savings, ease of scalability and increased flexibility resulting from the Sun Grid Compute Utility and how these will help to ensure the continued success of Infosolve.

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Thursday Jun 21, 2007

NetBeans plug-in for Sun Grid application development

During JavaOne last month, we announced the Sun Grid Compute Utility Module for the Netbeans IDE. This new plug-in lets the developers do a number of cool things:

- Use the new Sun Grid Application project type to develop a java application directly in Netbeans. This is a Java application project configured for one click packaging, deployment, and execution on the Sun Grid Compute Utility.

- For all project types (Java and otherwise), you can manage resources, jobs, and "runs" on Sun Grid Compute Utility - all without leaving Netbeans!

The new plugin also includes wizards to greatly simplify many of the typical uses of Sun Grid Compute Utility:

-- "Create Sun Grid Resource" wizard:
Lets you select multiple files on your desktop, create a ZIP file and then upload  as a resource to Sun Grid, all in a single step.

-- "Download Sun Grid Output" wizard: Download your job output, unpack it, view it - or - open it using an application of your choosing.

Check out this really cool demonstration of the plug-in in action during James' keynote in Javaone...


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