Sun Microsystems Makes Sun(TM) Grid Engine Software Available To Open Source Community

Sun Works With CollabNet to Continue Its Strong Support of Open Computing

And Encourage Adoption of Powerful Grid Computing Model





Jul 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, O'REILLY OPEN 

SOURCE CONVENTION, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Reaffirming its commitment to the open source movement, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced today the Sun Grid Engine Project, an initiative to offer the source code for Sun(TM) Grid Engine software to users and the developer community. Sun Grid Engine software is an advanced distributed resource management (DRM) tool. It has been available as a free download at www.sun.com/software/gridware since its introduction in September 2000. A leader in the open source community, Sun will add this project's half million lines of code to its total of more than 8 million lines of code already contributed to open source efforts. Sun is coordinating this worldwide project with CollabNet, a leading provider of collaborative software development solutions based on open source concepts, in making the code available for download at www.gridengine.sunsource.net. The project is designed to further remove the cost and implementation barriers associated with deploying DRM software in a compute farm. Additionally, both open source users and Sun Grid Engine software customers should benefit from this open source project through enhanced industry support. For example, service and support providers should be able to customize the powerful software for specific customer needs, and software developers should be able to reduce complexity for end users by creating applications that are tightly integrated with Sun Grid Engine software. Over time, the open source effort should facilitate the adoption of open standards for DRM software, facilitating interoperability with applications and easing integration. "As cluster computing scales up towards grid computing, tools like Sun Grid Engine software will become ubiquitous and essential," said Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of technology information firm O'Reilly & Associates. "Computing is moving towards the development of what you might call an Internet operating system. Sun recognizes that key components of that operating system shouldn't be controlled by any one company, and they're putting their money where their mouth is by releasing it as open source." "Sun will continue to deliver products that support our core philosophy that the network is the computer," said Robbie Turner, vice president of Client and Technical Market Products at Sun Microsystems. "Sun is encouraging the grid computing model via free downloads of Sun Grid Engine software -- and now by making its code available to the open source community -- because the productivity gains of the grid computing model will increasingly serve as a decisive factor in a business's ultimate success or failure." CollabNet is providing the Web infrastructure and comprehensive development platform that enables geographically dispersed groups of developers to collaborate on Grid Engine projects. Based on CollabNet's SourceCast environment, this platform includes tools for revision control, issue tracking, mailing list creation and management, and Web-based administration. This open source project follows on the heels of the successful OpenOffice.org initiative -- also supported by CollabNet -- which made available the source code for Sun's StarOffice(TM) software under the same industry-accepted Sun Industry Standards Source License. Full details of Sun's involvement with open source projects can be seen at www.sunsource.net. "The Grid Engine Project continues to demonstrate Sun's true leadership within the open source community," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder and CTO of CollabNet. "CollabNet is delighted to be working with Sun on yet more compelling open source software. Sun's decision to open this previously proprietary software demonstrates its understanding of the technical community's fundamental need and interest in scalable DRM technology." Delivering Network-Wide Compute Power to the Desktop Sun Grid Engine software was introduced in September 2000 as the first product resulting from Sun's acquisition of Gridware, formerly a privately owned commercial vendor of advanced DRM software tools. Since then, the software has been downloaded nearly 8,000 times in more than 90 countries. A comprehensive web-based training course for installing and managing the software is also available at no cost at www.sun.com/software/gridware. By distributing Sun Grid Engine software as a free download and with all Sun systems, Sun is changing the economics of technical computing and breaking down the barriers of employing distributed computing. Sun Grid Engine software is designed to aggregate compute resources, match them to individual job requirements, and deliver network-wide compute power to the desktop. Through this horizontal scaling, Sun's powerful DRM tool manages an organization's compute resources and job distribution, which: -- allows engineers to move beyond the desktop to leverage all the resources available on the network; -- frees the engineer to focus on the project, not computing tasks; -- provides easy access to resource-rich compute environments, allowing for expanded product development, simulations and testing; -- speeds time to market; -- and fundamentally changes the economics of technical computing. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The Computer(tm) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com . About CollabNet CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative software development by combining a comprehensive Web-based environment and suite of consulting services. CollabNet develops collaborative networks that enable companies to share code within an enterprise, to give select customers and business partners access to code, or to open the code to the wider open source community. These solutions are designed to facilitate software development across globally disparate communities and enable corporations to reduce costs and increase revenues. CollabNet is currently working with customers ranging from hardware and software providers to companies from industries such as finance, wireless, and healthcare. Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, established CollabNet in July 1999. For more information, see www.collab.net. NOTE: Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Grid Engine, StarOffice and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CollabNet and SourceCast are trademarks of CollabNet, Inc. CONTACT: Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-650-786-7215, or franke.smith@sun.com. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X37543654

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    SAN DIEGO, O'REILLY OPEN SOURCE CONVENTION, July 23 /PRNewswire/
 -- Reaffirming its commitment to the open source movement,
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) announced today the Sun Grid Engine
 Project, an initiative to offer the source code for Sun(TM) Grid Engine
 software to users and the developer community.  Sun Grid Engine software is an
 advanced distributed resource management (DRM) tool.  It has been available as
 a free download at www.sun.com/software/gridware since its introduction in
 September 2000.
     A leader in the open source community, Sun will add this project's
 half million lines of code to its total of more than 8 million lines of code
 already contributed to open source efforts.  Sun is coordinating this
 worldwide project with CollabNet, a leading provider of collaborative software
 development solutions based on open source concepts, in making the code
 available for download at www.gridengine.sunsource.net.
     The project is designed to further remove the cost and implementation
 barriers associated with deploying DRM software in a compute farm.
 Additionally, both open source users and Sun Grid Engine software customers
 should benefit from this open source project through enhanced industry
 support.  For example, service and support providers should be able to
 customize the powerful software for specific customer needs, and software
 developers should be able to reduce complexity for end users by creating
 applications that are tightly integrated with Sun Grid Engine software.  Over
 time, the open source effort should facilitate the adoption of open standards
 for DRM software, facilitating interoperability with applications and easing
 integration.
     "As cluster computing scales up towards grid computing, tools like
 Sun Grid Engine software will become ubiquitous and essential," said
 Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of technology information firm
 O'Reilly & Associates.  "Computing is moving towards the development of what
 you might call an Internet operating system.  Sun recognizes that key
 components of that operating system shouldn't be controlled by any one
 company, and they're putting their money where their mouth is by releasing it
 as open source."
     "Sun will continue to deliver products that support our core philosophy
 that the network is the computer," said Robbie Turner, vice president of
 Client and Technical Market Products at Sun Microsystems.  "Sun is encouraging
 the grid computing model via free downloads of Sun Grid Engine software -- and
 now by making its code available to the open source community -- because the
 productivity gains of the grid computing model will increasingly serve as a
 decisive factor in a business's ultimate success or failure."
     CollabNet is providing the Web infrastructure and comprehensive
 development platform that enables geographically dispersed groups of
 developers to collaborate on Grid Engine projects.  Based on CollabNet's
 SourceCast environment, this platform includes tools for revision control,
 issue tracking, mailing list creation and management, and Web-based
 administration.  This open source project follows on the heels of the
 successful OpenOffice.org initiative -- also supported by CollabNet -- which
 made available the source code for Sun's StarOffice(TM) software under the
 same industry-accepted Sun Industry Standards Source License.  Full details of
 Sun's involvement with open source projects can be seen at www.sunsource.net.
     "The Grid Engine Project continues to demonstrate Sun's true leadership
 within the open source community," said Brian Behlendorf, co-founder and
 CTO of CollabNet.  "CollabNet is delighted to be working with Sun on yet more
 compelling open source software.  Sun's decision to open this previously
 proprietary software demonstrates its understanding of the technical
 community's fundamental need and interest in scalable DRM technology."
 
     Delivering Network-Wide Compute Power to the Desktop
     Sun Grid Engine software was introduced in September 2000 as the first
 product resulting from Sun's acquisition of Gridware, formerly a
 privately owned commercial vendor of advanced DRM software tools.  Since then,
 the software has been downloaded nearly 8,000 times in more than 90 countries.
 A comprehensive web-based training course for installing and managing the
 software is also available at no cost at www.sun.com/software/gridware.  By
 distributing Sun Grid Engine software as a free download and with all Sun
 systems, Sun is changing the economics of technical computing and breaking
 down the barriers of employing distributed computing.
     Sun Grid Engine software is designed to aggregate compute resources, match
 them to individual job requirements, and deliver network-wide compute power to
 the desktop.  Through this horizontal scaling, Sun's powerful DRM tool manages
 an organization's compute resources and job distribution, which:
 
     -- allows engineers to move beyond the desktop to leverage all the
 resources available on the network;
     -- frees the engineer to focus on the project, not computing tasks;
     -- provides easy access to resource-rich compute environments, allowing
 for expanded product development, simulations and testing;
     -- speeds time to market;
     -- and fundamentally changes the economics of technical computing.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(tm) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $18.3 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     About CollabNet
     CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative software
 development by combining a comprehensive Web-based environment and suite of
 consulting services.  CollabNet develops collaborative networks that enable
 companies to share code within an enterprise, to give select customers and
 business partners access to code, or to open the code to the wider open source
 community.  These solutions are designed to facilitate software development
 across globally disparate communities and enable corporations to reduce costs
 and increase revenues.  CollabNet is currently working with customers ranging
 from hardware and software providers to companies from industries such as
 finance, wireless, and healthcare.  Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the
 Apache Software Foundation, established CollabNet in July 1999.  For more
 information, see www.collab.net.
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Grid Engine, StarOffice
 and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.  CollabNet
 and SourceCast are trademarks of CollabNet, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-650-786-7215, or
 franke.smith@sun.com.
 
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