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 Feb 26, 2014

Oracle Solaris Blogroll


For your reading convenience, we've now got a handy list of

Oracle Solaris blogs

This includes not only insights from your favorite Oracle Solaris people, but also blogs that provide the latest information on Solaris patches and updates, third party software, and related products such as Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Studio.

You'll always be able to find a link to this in the "Bookmarks" section over there on the right.

Enjoy! And if we've missed anybody, drop us a note in the Comments section.

Wednesday Apr 03, 2013

Oracle Solaris and SPARC Performance, Part 1

In the wake of the SPARC T5/M5 launch last week, there's a lot we can discuss, especially related to performance.

To start with: we've just released an update to Oracle Solaris Studio, with compiler optimizations specifically designed to get the most performance out of applications on Oracle T5, Oracle M5, and Fujitsu M10 systems.

Oracle Solaris Studio compilers generate code that is up to five times faster than code compiled with open source alternatives, and this Platform Specific Enhancment (PSE) to Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 can get you up to 10% more performance on the latest SPARC processors than code generated with the pre-update 12.3 release. That's a nice boost on top of the already awesome performance inherent to the new processors themselves.

This update is available on My Oracle Support for customers with a support contract; search for Article ID 1519949.1 in the Knowledge Zone for more information.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

Manic Monday - More OpenWorld Solaris Sessions: Developers, Cloud, Customer Insights, Hardware Optimization

We're overflowing with Monday sessions; literally more than one person can take in. Learn more about what's new in Oracle Solaris Studio, hear about the latest x86 and SPARC hardware optimizations, get some insights on cloud deployment strategies, and find out from your peers what they're doing with Oracle Solaris.

If you're an OpenWorld attendee, go to to Schedule Builder to guarantee your space in any session or lab. See yesterday's blog post and the "Focus on Oracle Solaris" guide for even more sessions.

Monday, October 1st:

10:45 AM - Maximizing Your SPARC T4 Oracle Solaris Application Performance
(CON6382,  Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3)

Hear how customers and commercial software partners have reached peak performance on SPARC T4 servers and engineered systems with Oracle Solaris Studio and its latest tools for analyzing, reporting, and improving runtime performance:

  • Autoparallelizing, high-performance compilers
  • Performance Analyzer (used to find performance hotspots)
  • Thread Analyzer (to expose data races and deadlocks)
  • Code Analyzer (used to discover latent memory corruption issues)

10:45 AM - Cloud Formation: Implementing IaaS in Practice with Oracle Solaris
(CON8787, Moscone South 302)

Decisions, decisions--at the same time, we've got a session that covers why Oracle Solaris is the ideal OS for public or private clouds, IaaS or PaaS, with built-in features for elastic infrastructure, unrivaled security, superfast installation and deployment, nonstop availability, and crystal-clear observability. This session will include a customer study on how Oracle Solaris is used in the cloud today to implement the Oracle stack.

12:15 PM - Customer Insight: Oracle Solaris on Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, and SPARC SuperCluster
(CON8760, Moscone South 270)

Hear from customers what benefits they have realized from using the Oracle stack on Oracle Exadata and Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster and from using Oracle Solaris on those engineered systems, taking advantage of built-in lightweight OS virtualization (Zones), enterprise reliability and scale, and other key features.

1:45 PM - Case Study: Mobile Tornado Uses Oracle Technology for Better RAS and TCO

(CON4281, Moscone West 2005)

Mobile Tornado develops and markets instant communication platforms, replacing traditional radio networks with cellular networks. Its critical concern is uptime. Find out how they've used Oracle Solaris, Netra SPARC T4, and Oracle Solaris Cluster, including Oracle Solaris ZFS and Zones, for their Oracle Database deployments to improve reliability and drive down cost.

3:15 PM - Technical Panel: Developing High Performance Applications on Oracle Solaris
(CON7196, Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C2)

Engineers from the Oracle Solaris, Oracle Database, and Oracle Tuxedo development teams, and Oracle ISV Engineering discuss how they develop high-performance enterprise applications that take advantage of Oracle's SPARC and x86 servers, with Oracle Solaris Studio and new Oracle Solaris 11 features. Topics will include developer tools, parallel frameworks, best practices, and methodologies, as well as insights and case studies on parallelizing and optimizing application performance on Oracle Solaris. Bring your best questions!

3:15 PM -  x86 Power Management with Oracle Solaris: Current State, Opportunities, and Future
(CON6271, Moscone West 2012)

Another option for this time slot: learn about how Intel Xeon and Oracle Solaris work together to reduce server power consumption. This presentation addresses some of the recent power management improvements in Oracle Solaris, opportunities to further improve energy efficiency, and some future directions for Oracle Solaris power management.

Tuesday May 29, 2012

Roll Your Own Solaris Blogroll

Something handy I just ran across:

There are lots of people here who blog about Solaris, either as their main topic, or as the occasional tangent. If the blogger has tagged their post appropriately, here's a quick way to find them:

Note that this is a little different from using the "word cloud" you can find in the right-hand column on this page, since that only finds articles tagged in this blog. The above links will find all tagged blogs.oracle.com posts.

Some topics are a little trickier to nail down, because there may not be a standardized tag for the topic, so building a more conventional "blogroll" is on my to-do list.

UPDATE: Steph and Jeff beat me to it -- see the list on OTN.

In the meantime, you can also refer to the post Markus Weber made of interesting Solaris 11 launch-related posts.


Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 Launched!

(Update, December 16th: See today's press release.  Software is now available for download.)

Today's webcast introduced the new features of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3.

Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3, Oracle's advanced C, C++ and Fortran development tool suite, accelerates application performance up to 300% on Oracle Systems, provides extreme application observability and enhances developer productivity. Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3 is optimized for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems to deliver:

  • Up to 300% faster SPARC T4 and up to 150% faster x86-based applications with Oracle Solaris Studio C, C++ and Fortran compilers
  • Oracle Database application development with support for Oracle Database connection management, database browsing and Pro*C
  • Remote development to enable creation of server-appliations from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS desktop
  • New Code Analyzer tool to quickly identify common coding errors, including memory leaks and memory access violations
  • Improved Performance Analyzer to collect system-wide performance data
  • 20% faster compilation of applications compared to earlier releases
Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3:

- Accelerates Application Performance
Generate SPARC- and x86-based applications, including SPARC T4, up to 3x faster with Oracle Solaris Studio C, C++ and Fortran compilers and libraries.

- Improves Application Observability

Gain extreme observability into your applications with advanced performance, memory, and thread analysis tools. The new Code Analyzer identifies common coding errors, such as memory leaks, on covered code while highlighting productive steps to increase code coverage.

- Enhances Developer Productivity
Remote development features enable edit, compile, debug, and analyze functionality of server-applications from any Oracle Solaris, Linux, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS operating system. New tooling streamlines C and C++ database application development for the Oracle Database. Oracle Solaris Studio also reduces compilation time up to 20 percent.

Download Today!

To learn More:

Monday Dec 12, 2011

December 14th Webcast: Oracle Solaris Studio 12.3

This Wednesday, at 9 AM Pacific, please join Don Kretsch, Senior Director, and Kuldip Oberoi, Senior Manager, as they unveil new technologies in the latest release of Oracle Solaris Studio, the leading C/C++ development tool suite for Oracle Solaris and Linux:

  • Optimizations for SPARC T4 and Oracle Solaris 11 to help generate 3x faster code
  • New memory and performance analysis tools
  • New remote development capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Mac-based desktops
  • How Oracle Solaris Studio simplifies the development of applications for the Oracle stack, including Oracle Database

Register today!

Tuesday Sep 06, 2011

Check out the latest Oracle Solaris Spotlight Pages!

Check out the latest and greatest Oracle Solaris Spotlight page featuring - Developing Enterprise Applications for Oracle Solaris. This spotlight page focuses on Oracle Solaris delivering a highly robust, scalable and secure platform for developing and delivering mission-critical enterprise and ISV applications:

  • Run Oracle Solaris 10 applications unmodified in Oracle Solaris 10 Zones on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Protect your investment with the industry's first and most extensive binary compatibility and source code guarantees
  • Leverage Oracle Solaris 11 cloud-ready application deployment technologies such as IPS, SMF and Zones
  • Maximize application performance, increase application observability and enhance developer productivity with Oracle Solaris Studio
  • Get tools, lab access and resources to easily support your applications on Oracle Solaris 11 with the Oracle Solaris Ready program from Oracle PartnerNetwork
  • Benefit from Oracle's investment in Integrated testing and patch verification across the Oracle hardware and software stack
  • Catch the market momentum of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud engineered systems running Oracle Solaris 11

There are a host of resources available from WP's, techcasts, to demos. If you would like to see all of the featured spotlight pages please click here.

Stay tuned for the upcoming months!

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