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)
REGISTER NOW


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 Oct 01, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Thursday

Wednesday's winding down.  The engineering panel was a hit once again, and the room was packed.  Lots of show attendees are getting ready to head out to Treasure Island--but there's one day left.

No keynotes on Thursday; we just dive right into the last round of technical sessions (all of which are at the Hotel InterContinental).

SPECIAL OFFER: Tomorrow morning, I'm going to be at the Virtual Compute Appliance demo, part of the Engineered Systems showcase in Moscone North, at the foot of the big staircase, at 7:30 AM (!).

As an earlybird special for anyone joining me at that hour, after having been appreciated the night before: the first three people to greet me with the exact phrase:

"Yo, dude. I read your blog."

...will receive a valuable Oracle Optimized Solutions -logoed electronic tchotchke of my choosing.

And that, as they say, is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed the show this year; I'll share more of what was announced over the next few days.


Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

OpenWorld: Solaris Events on Wednesday

It's been a busy, informative, and entertaining OpenWorld so far -- we just wrapped up Markus' general session, followed by the customer panel. I'd like to thank Manuel, Robert, Chris, and Thorsten for participating in the latter -- there was a lot of great information shared about why moving to Oracle Solaris 11 is a major win for IT, and what their experiences have been with it.

As I was heading out of the room, someone asked, "That was fantastic; now all we need is the Solaris engineering panel.  When is that?"

Wednesday's the day--and there's a lot more, too:

At this point in the day, after you've experienced all that Solaris, the Aerosmiths and the Macklemores and the Lewises and the Spacehogs might seem downright anticlimactic.  But you really should go see them, because I'd hate it if they wound up playing to an empty island.


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 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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