Swedish Game Awards Final Ceremony

June 14, 2009

DSC00244We, as Sun Campus Ambassadors, represented Sun Microsystems at Swedish Game Awards 2009 final ceremony on 13th of June at KTH main campus. Game awards is one of the biggest game development contest and Sun Microsystems is one of the biggest sponsors of this event.  This year around  200 people visited the stands and talked with us about Java and Java FX. We encouraged students and professional game developers to use Java FX and distributed Java books and mugs.

The competition started in 2002 as a sub-project to Excitera, the student-driven entrepreneurship association at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), and was then called KTH Game Awards. Excitera Mobile Awards, a mobile application development competition, was started a year later and is now a part of Swedish Game Awards. The Categories for Swedish Game Awards 2008 have been changed to reflect changes in both technologies and the industry. They have now put the focus on the game, instead of on the platform. When contestants design a game, it doesnt matter what target platform they have intended for it, as long as the prototype runs on either Windows XP, OSX (as a Universal binary) or Linux (latest stable build of Ubuntu). The competition also support emulators and so called “mods”, modifications of existing games, such as Half-Life 2 or Unreal Tournament.

After a very tough final round Robert Larsson, from Chalmers University, won the Java FX and best execution awards by his game Imperii. We would like to congratulate Robert and hope to see more Java FX projects in the market.

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Sun University RoadTour at KTH

May 1, 2009

We had a very successful event last Wednesday at KTH. Experienced technology evangelist Roman Strobl came to Stockholm to have a presentation together with Sun campus ambassadors. Students were very enthusiastic and asking lots of question regarding open source, Sun, Oracle :), java, OpenSolaris and other project.

Since some of the students wanted us to post presentation slides and notes, we are sharing our presentation slides with you.

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We would like to thank all of the participants and hope that you learned lots of new things about Sun, open source and why it is important. For next events, please fallow our blog.

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Sun Tech Fest at KTH

April 15, 2009

Experienced Technology Evangelist Roman Strobl from Sun Microsystems will visit KTH on 28th of April, 5-7 pm at SAL-D in Kista Campus. He will have presentations on the following topics:suntechday-medium

- Sun and Open Source : introduction to Sun’s open source stategy, products and roadmaps (30 minutes)

-Introduction to Open Solaris – What is OpenSolaris ? What’s cool about it ? Demos of interesting technologies (60 minutes)

then Campus ambassadors will talk about the “benefits of being a member of the OSUM Club” and “student activities at KTH”.

About the speaker:

roman stroblRoman Strobl works at Sun Microsystems as a technology evangelist on the OpenSolaris project. He has approximately 10 years of software development experience in Java and various dynamic languages. Before joining Sun Roman worked as a PHP developer and system administrator for a Czech startup company. Roman is a frequent speaker at software conferences including Sun Tech Days, various Java events, and user group meetings. Roman enjoys working with open source communities and his current passion is evangelizing OpenSolaris. He writes frequent posts on the OpenSolaris user-focused blog which can be found at blogs.sun.com/observatory.

Date : 28 April 2009

Location : Kista Campus (Forum Building) SAL-D

Time : 5 -7 pm

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An interview with Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz

February 2, 2009
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Name: Jonathan Schwartz
Title: CEO
Company: Sun Microsystems Inc.
Location: Santa Clara, Calif.
Best books read this year
•Empires of Light, by Jill Jonnes, “a really entertaining history of electricity, its discovery, generation and distribution around the world. Clouds — and computing, broadly — have parallels to that history.”
•The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson, “about the expansion of free trade made possible through the standardization of shipping containers, which again has a great parallel to our industry.”

•Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder, which “reminds you what’s truly important.”

Favorite non-work activity: Cooking and eating, with friends and family.
Philosophy in a nutshell: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Fantasy dinner party guests: “Larry Ellison — I’d love to have him over. We both love databases; we’d have a lot to cover. I’d even cook. Heck, that’s probably unrealistic.”I guess I’d love to have dinner with John Maynard Keynes, Steve Martin, Alice Waters and all three of this year’s Nobel laureates in physics. Alice cooks, Steve picks the wine, we all learn about broken symmetry.”

What are you doing to help your customers with their economic problems?

We are preconfigured for the downturn. If you think about the discretionary expenses that go into operating a data center, first and foremost there’s the physical plant itself — the physical space, the power consumption, the HVAC. So all the work that we do around energy efficiency and on getting optimal performance — it’s because the environment ends up being a huge operating expense for our customers. And to the extent that we can help them lower their environmental impact, we’re also lowering the economic impact on their businesses. That’s clearly Job 1.

The second element of discretionary expense is software licensing, and probably the single biggest license that customers have to buy is [for] proprietary databases. Second on that list are proprietary application servers and an application infrastructure. I just was with a customer who didn’t recognize that he had roughly 2,000 developers working with MySQL because it wasn’t a purchase standard [in his organization] — but it had become the de facto [database] standard. He didn’t recognize that he could get that level of productivity [from an open-source database].

The same is true for the application server marketplace. OpenSolaris — now that it is multivendor and multiplatform and the source is available, those environments where you don’t need support don’t have to pay for it. And then we enable customers that want to subscribe in production environments to pay for the supported version.

With the economic downturn, do you really expect customers in the near term to, say, swap out an Oracle database and replace it with MySQL? Unquestionably. Now, that doesn’t mean they are leaving Oracle — Oracle is a fantastic company, and they’ve built a fantastic database. But there is no longer one-size-fits-all in the enterprise database marketplace.

In your blog, you talked about aggressively expanding your customer base. How does the new four-socket Sparc Enterprise T5440 help you do that? It’s a little unlikely that this server is going to be the first system that a new customer buys from Sun. I don’t want to close off that option, [but] it’s more likely that they pick up a one-socket Niagara system. Just on price point, you seldom spend $50,000 to $100,000 on your first server, and that’s the price range that these [new] systems start at.

Niagara as a whole, though, gives us access to a market that really is representative of a unique problem space. We don’t see IBM with [its System p line] at all in the Niagara space. What brings new customers to Sun is differentiation and innovation. [They] want to be 50% faster, or 50% more energy-efficient, or half the size. Those things, when added up across really large data centers, mean real money to real customers.

Sun fosters a reputation as a disruptive company, from a technology standpoint. But what will it mean to be disruptive going forward? You want to be careful. You want to be disruptive to the industry; you don’t want to be disruptive to your customers. I’ll give you a great example of the kind of disruption that the market is going to see from Sun in the next 12 months. We have been very aggressively promoting OpenSolaris in the marketplace, and there are a lot of storage vendors that have been really excited to embrace open-source operating systems — so long as they stay on servers.

As you have seen with Thumper — a 48TB storage platform based on the ZFS file system — we’re planning on taking Solaris and extending all the skills and knowledge and ecosystem that we built in our server business to our storage business. That now means open-source platforms will be at the heart of open storage as it evolves as a market category, and we plan on being a leader there. That’s very disruptive to the competition.

What role does FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt — play in the server market these days? I’m asking this because Linux advocates don’t seem to miss an opportunity to explain why that operating system will crush Solaris at some point. How do you counter that? We don’t pay a lot of attention to that; we pay a lot of attention to customers. We are very well aligned with the Linux community. We’re not the enemy of one another — and I know there are folks who get emotional about that now and then. But our focus is going after the proprietary vendors that are causing our customers a lot of grief and a lot of pain. And the more we focus on solving those customers’ problems, the more they embrace open source.

Some people think that the current economic problems will accelerate the adoption of software-as-a-service technologies. What are your thoughts on that, and how are your products going to line up to support SaaS? Customers under stress are open to change. And that is what I see from every customer I’ve spoken to, especially [lately]. That means they are open to change in moving away from proprietary software vendors and proprietary storage vendors, more open to moving to software as a service, more open to moving to free software — and that, again, creates opportunity for Sun. I think the doors are going to be more open in the next year than they have ever been.

Where is this innovation going to come from? The fear is that investment dollars will dry up. Innovation rarely arises in a bubble. Someone clever once said that necessity is the mother of all invention, so believe me, people are becoming a lot more innovative as I speak. Why? Because they have to. If your budget just got cut 50%, I promise you, everything is on the table. There is no better time to start a company than right now. It may be tough to find funding, but there is no better time to go look at the parade of legacy technologies that need to be replaced and the extraordinary interest from customers in entertaining new ideas.

If that’s true, are you considering any changes in where your research dollars are being spent? In general, we’re looking at ways to increase R&D. That doesn’t mean across everything. It means to double down on those parts of the market that really represent clear revenue return. Coming back to the T5440 — although [the Niagara platform] is more than a billion-dollar business, you have to remember that [work on] the first silicon began in 2001. R&D takes patience, discipline and rigor. We’re not going to make changes within the quarter or within the next six months that are just going to be episodic or ephemeral changes because there was a downturn.


JavaFX Coffee Cup

December 13, 2008

So the JavaFX™ SDK 1.0 has shipped. I thought that now would be a fun time to try out some of its graphics capabilities. I know that its graphics are really slick… but how easy are they to program? Do you need to be a graphics expert to figure it all out, or can anyone just pick it up and learn?

As for my background, I’m a technical writer and general-purpose computer programmer. I am not a software engineer, graphic designer, or GUI expert. Because of that I’m probably the ideal person to test drive the usability of GUI coding with the SDK. The challenge to myself was to take a single afternoon and code up something “impressive”; it didn’t matter what, I just wanted it to have a 3D feel with modern visual/lighting effects like what I see in the SDK demos.

So the first thing I did was to read the GUI tutorial, which quickly brought me up to speed on the basics. (Those completely new to the JavaFX Script programming language will want to first read the core tutorial as well.) I then went to the web, looking for information on drawing 3D shapes in general. more


Announcing OpenSolaris 2008.11

December 12, 2008

Today, Sun announces the general availability of the most exciting release of Solaris since the original Solaris 10 — OpenSolaris 2008.11. opensolaris_cdimage1

This release builds on the success of 2008.5, which is being used by enormous numbers of developers. That release was specifically oriented to developers, incorporating the latest free open source technologies and our own innovations. The 2008.11 product we are announcing today takes the developer capability and raises it to a new level – with innovations for the developer, the deployer, and the systems administrator. For the first time, you can get one open operating environment with both the latest technologies and the ability to deploy into mission-critical production.

People developing and deploying with Solaris today enjoy core capabilities like ZFS and DTrace to radically simplify their storage and understand their running systems. OpenSolaris 2008.11 unlocks these capabilities for a much broader set of users with ease-of-use tools like Time Slider and DLight. Breakthrough packaging and update technology, superior installation and maintenance, and a new I/O subsystem are just a few in a long list of top-to-bottom major improvements, providing significant visible value to virtually every customer.

OpenSolaris 2008.11 is quick and easy to download, deploy and use — and is perfectly suited to not just students and developers, but also to the system / storage admins who will deploy it in in a variety of enterprises. With five world record benchmarks already, it also delivers the performance that demanding customers need. For production customers who need support, globally-delivered subscription support services are just a few clicks away.

Through collaboration with Intel, OpenSolaris 2008.11 is the first operating system shipping which is already optimized for Intel Nehalem, a new processor to be released by Intel in 2009.

I hope you will check out these exciting new products yourself – I encourage you to download and install VirtualBox and OpenSolaris.

Congratulations to the OpenSolaris team and community on this enormous upgrade in our operating system offering.

John Fowler

EVP, Systems Group


Best OSUM Club in Europe !

November 20, 2008

It is a great pleasure for us100 to announce that KTH Sun OSUM Club is the first club in *EUROPE* to surpass 100 members and join the *OSUM Century Club* !

We would like to thank everyone who helped us through this process. Kent Åberg, Emil Granberg, Kjell Högstrom, Thorbiörn Fritzon and Stefan Alariksson just to name a few..

We will do our best to increase Sun’s market share, mind share, and partnerships through our events at KTH.

For our members, soon we are preparing a surprise for you ! Please follow our blog to hear about the details !

Note:
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OSUM (pronounced “awesome”) is a global community of students that are passionate  about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and how it is Changing (Y)Our World.
Sun created OSUM to encourage collaboration between student groups to create an  even stronger open source community.


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