Sunday Oct 25, 2015

Oracle Solaris Studio at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2015

Don't miss these sessions and demos at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne 2015.  We will be highlighting a variety of exciting tools and technologies to help you develop enterprise applications and leverage revolutionary Oracle SPARC M7 Security in Silicon capabilities in development. 

Visit the Oracle OpenWorld Session Catalog and JavaOne Session Catalog for the complete list of sessions. 

See you at OOW and JavaOne 2015! 

Monday Feb 09, 2015

February 11, 2015: Developers Virtual Technology Summit

If you're familiar with the Oracle Technology Network's Virtual Sysadmin Days that have been held in the past, you know a bit about what this is about: a series of hands-on, proctored labs brought straight to your desktop on the web.

But did you know they've expanded in scope? Of particular interest to enterprise developers is that this time around, there's a track aimed straight at you.

This Wednesday, February 11th, Oracle will be holding a Virtual Technology Summit, and one of the tracks is on Oracle Solaris Studio.  That means you can go through a live, hands-on exercise with experts standing by to help you out, from the comfort of your home, office, or coffeehouse -- anywhere you can sit down and connect up.

Of note in this session: hands-on experience with the Code Analyzer for software analysis, and the Performance Analyzer for optimizing application performance.

Just as before, this event is free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand, including downloading a virtual image.  Rick Ramsey explains what you need to know and do at the OTN Garage blog.

This day's event will run from 9 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific time, but click through to the registration page to see upcoming event dates that will run at times that may be more appropriate for your location (or circadian rhythms).

(By the way: not a C, C++ or Fortran kind of developer? Check out the parallel tracks on database, middleware and Java.)

Sign up now and start your prework, and join us on Wednesday!

Oracle Technology Network
Virtual Technology Summit

Wednesday February 11, 2015
9:00am (PST) / 12:30pm (EST)

Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Now Available: Create Powerful, Efficient, Secure Applications

The latest release of Oracle’s #1 C, C++ and Fortran development environment, Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4, is now available for building world-class applications for Oracle Solaris and Linux systems.  If you've been following along during the beta program, you already know that there are several significant new features, including support for C++11 and OpenMP 4.0.

There's also a complete redesign of the Performance Analyzer, providing a powerful window into the workings of your application with the ability to do remote and cross-platform analysis, simplifying your life as a developer and allowing you to create high-performance code from the client system of your choice, targeting SPARC or x86 servers.

Also sure to be on the top of any developer's mind (and if not, why not?) is code vulnerability protection.  You want your apps to make a stir in a good way, which is usually not on CNN at the top of every hour.  The Code Analyzer gives you the ability to detect and correct memory leaks and access issues before you unleash your code on the world.  This is top-notch stuff found nowhere else, providing unique ways to increase code coverage and make your services more reliable.

And of course, the compilers' ability to deliver just plain flat-out application performance has always been a prime reason why developers choose Oracle Solaris Studio over alternatives, and this release has leading-edge optimizations for the latest SPARC and x86 based platforms, including Oracle’s SPARC M6 and T5 systems, and Intel Haswell-based systems.  We've seen 4.8 times the performance on industry standard benchmarks compared to other compilers you might be using.  Picking the right development tools can make a much bigger difference than you might have thought!

And... even though price might not be your most important concern, it's still kind of nice that all this is free to download, for production use and the development of commercial applications.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Update

If you haven't had a chance to try out the beta release of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 -- or if you're still working with the original download -- now's the time to get the updated bits.

What this includes: support for C++11, an updated Performance Analyzer, support for OpenMP 4.0, and lots more.  The July refresh now incorporates fixes and enhancements based on feedback from beta participants.

Learn more; get the download; send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta, Update 7/14

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta Now Available

If you're developing in C, C++, or Fortran for either Oracle Solaris or Linux, Oracle Solaris Studio is your "go to" development environment -- at least if you're looking to build high-performance, robust applications, with an incredible set of analysis tools as well.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is now ready for you to try out.  This release introduces support for the most current C++ version, C++11.  "Come for the rvalue references and move constructors; stay for the generalized constant expressions," I always say, proving I can read a Wikipedia article as well as the next person.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 also sports a new user interface for the Performance Analyzer, which includes remote data analysis and cross-architecture support, making life ever-easier for multi-platform developers.

It also includes a raft of new performance optimizations for the latest generation SPARC and x86 processors, as well as support for OpenMP 4.0 -- add that to an already impressive list of mulithreaded programming support features.

Learn more, get the download, send us feedback: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4

Wednesday Sep 08, 2010

A Complete Oracle Solaris Platform Update to open the new Oracle Solaris Blog

Today we announced our latest updates to the Oracle Solaris platform - Oracle Solaris 10 9/10, Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 and Oracle Solaris Studio12.2.

In addition to several key updates for these products we are also now developing, testing and
supporting these products with Oracle's "applications-to-disk" technology stack. The testing leverages the Oracle Certification Environment which has over 50,000 test use cases for every Oracle Solaris patch and platform released. For more information check out our latest whitepapers.

Getting applications and services up and running--and keeping them that way--can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Today it is more vital than ever that systems are designed and deployed to be virtually bulletproof to ongoing changes and updates. Just ask the top 10 telecommunications companies, utilities and banks that host their enterprise applications and businesses on Oracle Solaris.

But let's get down to some specifics on our new product releases.

Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 highlights include:
    • P2V (physical to virtual) tools that take an image of a physical Oracle Solaris 10 systems and installs it in an Oracle Solaris Container to help you consolidate your application workloads
    • Several ZFS enhancements to simplify the management of ZFS pools (split mirrored pools, pool recovery) , increase performance of applications that use ZFS to store data (tuning facility for synchronous writes) and triple-parity RAID Z redundancy to prevent data loss even in the face of three device failures. RAID-Z is the world's first software solution to the RAID-5 write hole
    • Improved Java application performance with JDK 6
For more details on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 check out Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Technology Network.
    • And of course native support for all the latest SPARC and x86 Systems from Oracle including the Oracle SPARC T3 processor, Intel Nehalem EX and Intel Westmere systems.
For more details on Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 check out Oracle Solaris on the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.3 builds on Oracle Solaris to offer the most extensive, enterprise high availability and disaster recovery solutions. Key features in this release include:
    • Virtual application clusters via Oracle Solaris Containers in Oracle Solaris Cluster Geographic Edition
    • Application agents and integration with Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle's Siebel CRM, MySQL Cluster and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11g for consolidation in virtualized environments
    • Support for the highest level of security with Oracle Solaris Trusted Extensions for mission-critical applications and services
    • InfiniBand support on public networks and as storage connectivity
For more details on Oracle Solaris Cluster check out Oracle Solaris Cluster on the Oracle Technology Network.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.2 provides an advanced suite of tools designed to work together for the development of single, multithreaded, and distributed applications. New features include:
    • C, C++ and Fortran compiler optimizations for the newest Oracle Sun T-series, M-series, and x86-based Enterprise Servers which deliver up to 4.8x faster code
    • New and updated tools to accelerate the development of mission-critical apps
    • Improved application profiling with experiment comparison (Performance Analyzer)
    • New thread error detection in binaries (Thread Analyzer)
    • Updated DTrace-based visualization tool (DLight)‏
    • New memory debugger with increased performance (Discover)
    • New code coverage tool (Uncover)
    • Updated OpenMP 3.0 support throughout tool chain
    • Updated IDE, based on NetBeans 6.9.1
    • Optimized performance libraries for the newest SPARC and x86 platforms
For more details on Oracle Solaris Studio check out Oracle Solaris Studio on the Oracle Technology Network.

And, welcome to the new Solaris blog!

Dan Roberts
Director of Solaris Product Management

Security. Speed. Simplicity.
An efficient, open, affordable cloud platform for SPARC and x86 systems.


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