NEW YORK, LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ --
Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) further extends its resources to technical
computing customers with the announcement today of Sun(TM) Grid Engine 5.2
software for the Linux platform. The distributed resource management software
is a free download via Sun's website at http://www.sun.com/gridware .
Building on the success of Sun Grid Engine software for the Solaris(TM)
Operating Environment -- which has been downloaded by over 1000 organizations
in 70 countries since its launch last year -- Sun's Grid Engine software now
addresses the majority of the UNIX(R) marketplace.
"Linux and other open source software has been an accepted part of
technical and high performance computing for quite some time," said
Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's Vice President for System Software Research. "Sun Grid
Engine software could certainly add value when implementing heterogeneous
distributed computing environments and is a welcome addition."
Distributed resource management (DRM) software such as the Sun Grid Engine
product is designed to harness idle compute resources, match them to
individual job requirements and deliver network-wide compute power to the
desktop. Through this horizontal scaling, Sun Grid Engine software manages an
organization's compute resources, allowing engineers to move beyond the
desktop and leverage all the resources available on the net, thus reducing
cycle times, speeding time to market and fundamentally changing the economics
of technical computing.
"As design complexity and data set sizes grow exponentially, the need for
computing resources also increases dramatically," said Mark Canepa, Sun's Vice
President of Internet, Desktop and Server Group. "By distributing Sun Grid
Engine for Solaris and Linux platforms free of charge, Sun is changing the
economics of technical computing, eliminating all entry-level implementation
costs and improving return on total technical computing investments in the
wider UNIX marketplace."
Sun foresees "technical compute farms" -- the architecture created using
Sun Grid Engine software -- as the platform of choice for high-performance
computing. Sun Grid Engine software is designed to provide the massive
scalability and agility needed to help companies keep pace with and capitalize
on the Net Effect -- the macro-economic trend that is driving the exponential
growth and increasing complexity the industry is experiencing as data, users,
devices, services and availability requirements continue to multiply.
DRM software helps solve the problem of how to apply maximum resources to
a single compute-intensive problem, and achieving massive scalability within
the technical marketplace. An optimized technical compute farm using Sun Grid
Engine software can push the utilization of an organization's computing
resources from a typical 20 percent to as high as 90 percent.
Following through on its commitment to make Sun Grid Engine software a
ubiquitous industry model, Sun Microsystems, plans to distribute the source
code of its software under an industry-accepted open source license, through
an alliance with CollabNet. This joint effort, expected to roll out during
the next six months, should facilitate increased adoption of the distributed
technical compute farm model.
Sun Grid Engine software is offered free via download at the website
http://www.sun.com/gridware . A convenience CD will soon be available for a
nominal charge for customers who have difficulty downloading large files over
the Internet. Web-based resources, including product information and online
training, are also available at http://www.sun.com/gridware to Linux users of
Sun Grid Engine.
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