Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Learn JavaFX while you help solve a mystery

There is an exciting viral marketing campaign that is currently in play to spur JavaFX adoption.  

The new alternate and interactive reality game called the PIE Theory is uniquely designed to be a fun and interesting way to learn JavaFX.  

Here are some background details and links to get started:

The PIE Theory is heralded by researchers Baron Rude and Hector Macchiato, who believe that unexplained paranormal events are omens of a massive change in the direction of mankind.  They have collected evidence throughout history where significant leaps in technology, science, and agriculture -- known as a JUMP -- were preceded by strange sightings and visitations.  Both believe that another JUMP is about to occur and are asking for your help to track events and uncover the truth about the phenomena.

To take part, register at the PIE Theory Web site and download the toolkit, which contains JavaFX 1.1 and NetBeans 6.5.  Both of these programs will help you help Baron and Hector unlock the clues for the next JUMP, and as a bonus, teach you JavaFX in the process.

 You will use JavaFX to help Baron and Hector figure out when and where the next JUMP will happen, and what it will entail.  The PIE Theory already has a wide network of collaborators and is actively collecting clues on their Wiki.  So join current team members who are already working together on the PIE Network Forum, OSUM, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube and recruit others to help prepare for the next JUMP. 

Wednesday Sep 19, 2007

SPICE up at Network.com


SPICE does not need any introduction in the Electronic Design Automation industry. In over 30 years of its life, SPICE has become the de-facto standard for circuit simulation.

ngspice is a mixed-level/mixed-signal circuit simulator. Its code is based on three open source software packages: Spice3f5, Cider1b1 and Xspice. Ngspice is part of gEDA project, a full GPL'd suite of Electronic Design Automation tools.
Circuit Simulation using Network.com

Good news -- ng-spice is now available in the Network.com Application Catalog. The design automation engineers can run circuit simulation simultaneously on multiple CPUs in the Sun Grid Compute Utility environment, and the simulation gets done much faster. Check out this page on how to run ngspice in Network.com.

Thursday Sep 06, 2007

Network.com powering Brookhaven National Laboratory featured in CHEP conference


As I mentioned in the past, Brookhaven National Laboratory relies on Network.com for their on-demand grid computing infrastructure. I am pleased to say that Sun and Brookhaven National Laboratory have been asked to present their partnership at the International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics. Taking place this week, the CHEP conference provides an international forum to exchange information on computing experience and needs for the community, and to review recent, ongoing, and future activities.

A detailed case study on Network.com powering Brookhaven National Laboratory is now available -- check it out.

Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

How to use the Network.com Application Catalog


This flash video shows how easy it is to tap into Network.com'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 Network.com.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2007

Network.com 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 Network.com) 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 Network.com 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 Network.com 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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