Sun European Education & Research Conference – Day 1

It’s been such a pleasant day at Sun European Education & Research Conference in Berlin. The participants are CIO-level professionals from Sun’s partners, customers and professors from the leading technical universities in Europe. The day started with Robert Bergkvist’s warm welcome speech to the audience.

Robert Berkqvist

Next Speaker: Joe Hartley

Joe Hartley

After Robert, it was Joe Hartley’s turn. Joe Hartley is the Vice President – Government, Education, Healthcare in Sun Microsystems.

Communities and Sun

He talked about the importance of communities and Sun’s strategy about building communities and customer groups around its products and services. He said that “Good ideas influence and they’re influenced by other ideas.”

KTH Ambassadors at the stage

Since he believes that the students are fountain of innovation, he has invited us (Alper and Gökhan) to the stage to talk about our experience with the Sun Campus Ambassador program and our open-source projects.

Gokhan Dogan

Alper Celik

Cloud Computing

One of the important things he mentioned was that “cloud computing will be a part of OpenOffice so that people will be able to save in the cloud easily.”

Next Speaker : Peter Tandy

After Joe, it was Peter Tandy’s (Channel Manager EMEA Storage Practice) turn to talk about Sun’s Open Storage Strategy. He was proud of saying that over %37 of the world’s archived data resides on Sun infrastructure. One of the key points of his talk was that

Peter Tandy

General Purpose System + Open Source Software = Lower costs

Since we had an interview with him, you can just follow our blog and it’ll be available very soon.

Next Speaker: Alexander Reinefeld

After Peter, the stage was Professor Alexander Reinefeld’s who is the Head of Computer Science, Zuse-Institute Berlin. He talked about the Future of Storage and Data Management. He believed that the RAIM (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Flash Memory) is taking over RAID technology which means that current harddisks are being replaced by “Flash Memory”.

Alexander ReinefeldFlash Memory Pros: Higher I/O rate, lower latency,uniform access time, less power, more robust.

Flash Memory Cons: Limited erase cycles, Flash management.

Future of Data Management

So according to Alexander, the future of data management is based on three trends: “Distributed, Replicated Data“, “Social Networks“, “Anybody, anytime, anywhere“. He ended his presentation by saying that “Today users are mobile, tomorrow computation will be mobile!” and RAM is the new disk as the transactions are faster than a single disk access.

Next Speaker: Steve Heller

Alexander left the stage to Steve Heller who is Sun Lab’s Director Principal Investigator Collaborative Environments. Since he is at the Sun Labs he talked about a lot of  “crazy” projects like “Proximity communication”, “next generation CPUs”, “Efficient Wires” and “Project Darkstar”.

Steve Heller

Fortress Language

He introduced a new language called “Fortress” and the tagline of Fortress is that it will do What Java did for C and it will do it for Fortran. This is a new type of language that is not built but is growing all the time. Fortress makes programming notation closer to math. He also talked about “Utility Computing” and added that “Renting is become popular versus buying in the ICT sector”.


One Response to Sun European Education & Research Conference – Day 1

  1. CasTex says:

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