Solaris 10 and Sun Studio 11 DVD Kits now available for FREE!


The Free Solaris/SunStudio Media kit is now posted at http://www.sun.com/solaris/freemedia/
The kit includes Solaris 10 6/06 (aka Update1 release) for both SPARC and x86 and contains the Sun Studio 11 Compilers and tools.
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can you say something on "Why Sun was knocked out of DARPA supercomputer project" (http://news.com.com/Sun+knocked+out+of+DARPA+supercomputer+project/2100-1010_3-6137770.html?tag=nefd.top) ? it really makes me feel sad for SUN.

Posted by luoyi on November 23, 2006 at 05:10 PM PST #

DARPA hasnt posted their rationale behind the selection as yet. When that comes out, I'll be happy to post a pointer.
IMO, it is unfortunate that Sun didnt get the contract, despite the strength of its bid. I'm sure its a very complex process and I am certainly not privy to how it works.
Its important to keep a few things in mind, about Sun in this context:
  • Sun benefitted from being in the first two phases of this project. It has brought recognition to Sun's innovative designs in this regard.
  • Sun will continue to place emphasis on HPC marketplace. It will come from Sun's own R&D dollars... remember Sun spends over $2B on R&D; the HPCS contract would have added another $50M to this effort. A very focussed $50M, but still small compared to overall budget. IBM, I suspect, is in a similar position.
  • Lastly, IMO, this allows Sun to innovate on its own roadmap and its own schedule, rather than on HPCS's.
I hope this helps clarify it a bit.

Posted by guest on November 26, 2006 at 01:39 PM PST #

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