Thursday May 01, 2008

Sun's Prolific Patenters

In the last eight weeks, more than 14 patents have been issued to Sun Laboratories researchers.  Some of these are first-time recepients of patents, others have several under their belts.  Here are some highlights:

  • Method and apparatus  for using memory compression to enhance error correction, Gregory M. Wright; Mario I. Wolczko
  • Selecting  basis functions to form a regression model for cache performance, Ilya Gluhovsky;  David Vengerov; John R. Busch    
  • Transparent switch using optical and electrical  proximity communication, John E. Cunningham; Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy; Ronald Ho; Robert J. Drost
  • Floating point divider with embedded  status information, Guy L. Steele, Jr.  
  • Blinded encryption and decryption, Radia J. Perlman 
Innovation is happening every day at Sun!

Monday Mar 24, 2008

Latest from Labs and Microelectronics: Using Proximity and Lasers to Stitch Together a Macrochip

Today Sun announced a deal with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop microchip interconnectivity via on-chip optical networks enabled by silicon photonics and proximity communication.  Translation: It's like a supercomputer on a chip.

This technology will allow applications like energy exploration, biotechnology and weather modeling to be accomplished with less power use and less expensive investment in silicon.

The contract with DARPA extends for five and a half years, with more than $44M of funding coming to Sun.  

John Markoff of the New York Times covered it in today's edition.  Check out his article here.

 

 

Thursday May 03, 2007

Want to See what Sun's Brightest Minds are Up to?

Sun Labs had its annual Open House last week, and all the researchers were showing their latest projects.  Did you miss it?  Check out video, photos and info here.

Tuesday Feb 06, 2007

Sun Labs' Search Inside the Music Means No "iPod Whiplash"

Paul Lamere, who knows I think he's a total genius, is on Dana Gardner's podcast today.

They talk about Search Inside the Music, a Sun Labs project that Paul leads.  Paul and his team have developed algorithms that analyze various qualities of songs so that you don't suffer iPod whiplash and transition from Mozart to Rammestein as Paul says.

Check out the podcast and transcript here.
 

Wednesday Nov 29, 2006

Mashing it Up . . . How the Internet's Changing Entertainment and News Gathering

Today many, many months of work, by various teams around Sun and outside, resulted in a launch I'm really proud of.

The Big Mashup is here!

It features a documentary about how the network is changing how we get news, make social change happen, and are entertained.  Some VERY cool folks are involved: the CEO of CurrentTV; the executive director of Peter Gabriel-founded WITNESS; popular video blog Rocketboom's creator and host; an expert in how pop culture and communities are affected by the Internet; and the creator of one of the music social recommendation sites.

It also features a super hot application, SnappRadio, that blends photos from Flickr with music from Last.fm or Radio Paradise to create a slideshow that's tailored to the tunes.

Check it out.  I'd love to know what you think. 

Monday Nov 27, 2006

Sun Labs' Director Bob Sproull Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has
awarded the distinction of Fellow to Sun Labs' Director Bob Sproull.   His award reads:

ROBERT F. SPROULL, Sun Microsystems Laboratory, Section on Information,
Computing, and Communication: [honored] For contributions to the design of
advanced computer systems, including computer graphics, digital
printing, and asynchronous processors. 

Read more about it in this month's issue of Science Magazine.

Congratulations, Bob!

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