Sun and Intel: A View from Russia
By richgreen on Jan 26, 2007
It was a big, big news week here at Sun. Sometimes those of us in the tech industry think that the events and announcements that we create are really something—but in fact they turn out to only be a big deal for ourselves.
This one was different. The Sun-Intel partnership over Solaris OEM distribution, partnering on Java, and Intel's support for NetBeans and Java really was a worldwide event. I know this because I had a long-standing business trip planned to Russia and the Czech Republic that coincided with the announcement. So I took part in the event while in St. Petersburg and saw firsthand how the news resonated with press and customers there, as well. This was clearly big news on a planetary scale.
Of all the things we announced, there is one topic that received limited coverage, but is just as relevant for those developing on and deploying Solaris—and that's the Sun Studio compiler technology. Part of the agreement is for Sun and Intel engineers to work closely to further optimize the Sun Studio developer environment. This means that code developed for Solaris on Intel's new chips, compiled with Sun's tools, will absolutely rip. It already does, in fact. Many benchmarks show Sun Studio compilers are already the fastest production compilers for Intel, Opteron and SPARC. Oh, and did I mention that you can get those same compilers with the same performance and dependability for Linux, as well?
So in case you weren't paying close attention—or were in a spot on earth where smoke, rather than copper or wireless, is used for communication—it boils down to more great hardware—this time based on Intel chipsets—is coming from Sun, courtesy of the genius of Andy Bechtolsheim. In partnership with Intel, we'll further adapt and optimize Solaris for Intel systems—servers, desktops, laptops—including more and better driver support, better native compilers and tools, a partnership to tune Java performance for new chipsets, and Intel's endorsement and OEM distribution of Solaris.
Those who still question whether or not we are deadly serious about providing our world-class open source Solaris OS technology on the highest volume platforms in the world, just ask someone in Russia.