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.

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)

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007 powers innovative drug discovery application

In today's competitive pharmaceutical marketplace, making a scientific breakthrough and getting to market first is vital to maximize revenue potential. Identifying quality lead compounds is an important but time-consuming task along the path of drug discovery. Constraints on compute power can often impede progress. The innovative Electronic High Throughput Screening (eHiTS) software from SimBioSys running on the powerful Sun Grid Compute Utility (offered by Sun's gives organizations a new way to accomplish fast, accurate docking of ligands to target receptors by using a secure, affordable, and scalable on-demand compute utility resource.

eHiTS offers new approaches to accurately score ligand and receptor interactions as well as to account for all conformation and protonation changes that occur during the binding process in the molecular docking and screening steps of drug discovery. The application fills the drug discovery pipeline faster by automating searches of compound libraries, identifying lead candidates rapidly, and reducing time to solve molecular docking challenges with the scalable power of its innovative algorithms running on Sun Grid Compute Utility.

Get the details about the eHiTS application offered via here.

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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Wednesday Jul 11, 2007 Development Options on the Grid

Check out this blog post and podcast on how Sun's is reaching developers in new ways and expanding their development options on the grid.


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