Sun's Grid Engine 5.3 Software Available in New Release of SuSE Linux 8.0 Professional Edition

New Distribution Delivers on Sun's Vision to Expand Availability of Grid

Computing in the Enterprise; Extends the Reach of Sun's Grid Engine Software

in the Linux Market



Apr 22, 2002, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marking the
 industry's first Linux distribution of a key enabling grid technology from a
 major systems vendor, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced
 that Grid Engine 5.3 software is now being distributed by SuSE Linux in the
 new release of SuSE Linux 8.0 Professional Edition.  With this distribution,
 SuSE Linux users worldwide now can leverage the benefits of grid computing
 through implementing cluster grids using Sun's advanced and easy-to-use grid
 technology.
     Sun's Grid Engine distributed resource management (DRM) software is a
 driving force behind grid implementations in technical, commercial and
 academic research computing environments worldwide.  Sun Grid Engine software
 has experienced rapid adoption and today powers more than 150,000 CPUs in over
 4,000 grids worldwide.  Nearly 35% of those CPUs are in Linux environments.
 By making Grid Engine 5.3 software available with SuSE Linux's 8.0
 Professional Edition, SuSE Linux can deliver the power of grid computing to
 the growing community of Linux users.
     This new distribution is further evidence of Sun's commitment to making
 its software available and optimized for the Linux operating system.  Sun is
 one of the largest providers of intellectual property to the Linux and open
 source communities with the Grid Engine Project as a key contribution.
 
     SUSE LINUX EXPANDS ACCESS TO SUN GRID COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY
     Through the distribution of Grid Engine 5.3 with SuSE Linux 8.0
 Professional Edition, Sun and SuSE continue to expand the availability of grid
 computing technology.  Sun's vision to enable the adoption of grid computing
 started in September 2000 with the release of Sun Grid Engine software, which
 Sun followed with the launch of the Grid Engine Project
 (www.gridengine.sunsource.net) and the release of approximately 500,000 lines
 of Grid Engine source code available under an open source license.  The Grid
 Engine Project, an open source initiative managed by Collabnet and created
 with funding from Sun, collaboratively advances the development and use of
 grid computing technology across the industry's various platforms, including
 Solaris, Linux and others.
     "Distributing Grid Engine software with SuSE Linux 8.0 will catalyze the
 adoption of grid computing and significantly increases the exposure of grid
 computing in the Linux and Unix communities," said Wolfgang Gentzsch, director
 of grid computing, Sun Microsystems.  "This distribution in addition to Sun's
 own Grid Engine Project, builds on Sun's vision of a truly heterogeneous grid
 computing environment in which enterprises can maximize resource utilization
 and gain competitive advantage today."
     "SuSE Linux is proud to be the first Linux solution provider to bring a
 powerful grid computing solution to the Linux marketplace.  Sun's Grid Engine
 technology delivers real benefits to SuSE Linux users and to the growing Linux
 community, and we're proud to work with Sun in extending the widespread
 adoption of grid computing," said Boris Nalbach, CTO, SuSE Linux.  "We've seen
 the rapid adoption of Sun Grid Engine software and we're convinced it
 leverages the inherent strengths of SuSE Linux 8.0 Professional to deliver a
 remarkable level of performance and flexibility in distributed resource
 environments."
 
     SUSE Linux 8.0 PROFESSIONAL EDITION FEATURES, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
     SuSE Linux 8.0, using Kernel 2.4.18, more than 1200 drivers, latest
 support of graphics cards and glibc 2.2.5 represents state-of-the-art Linux
 technology.  In addition to numerous improvements in the areas of security,
 ISDN, modem, and mail, the latest central Linux tools include:  web server
 Apache 1.3.23 and file and print server for Windows networks, Samba 2.2.3a.
 Basic system advantages such as memory protection, preemptive multitasking,
 optimized memory management, and excellent network properties enhance
 professional deployment and ambitious home use. SuSE Linux 8.0 will be
 available directly on April 22, from http://shop.suse.com , as well as from
 software retailers.  The recommended retail price for Linux 8.0 Professional
 (seven CDs, one DVD, three manuals, 90 days of installation support) is
 USD $79.95.
 
     About the Grid Engine Project
     The Grid Engine open source project is the home for the growing Grid
 Engine user and developer community.  Grid Engine software is a leading
 distributed resource management tool for cluster and campus grids.  Managing
 and submitting jobs to available compute resources in an individual grid, Grid
 Engine technology maximizes CPU utilization, increases productivity and return
 on investment.  Sponsored by Sun Microsystems, the project is at
 www.gridengine.sunsource.net.  Sun Grid Engine is also available as a free
 download at www.sun.com/grid.  Users of Grid Engine technology include Ford,
 Caprion Pharmaceuticals, BP, Cognigen Corporation, Motorola, Sony
 Semiconductor and Devices Europe, Aachen University of Technology, University
 of Durham and University of Edinburgh.
 
     About SuSE
     SuSE Linux is the international technology leader and solutions provider
 in Open Source operating system software.  SuSE's unique expertise in Linux
 and its largest development team worldwide dedicated to Open Source software
 has contributed to the recognition of SuSE as the most complete Linux solution
 available today.  SuSE Linux is a privately held company focused entirely on
 supporting the Linux community and Open Source development.  For more
 information, Please visit www.suse.com.
 
     NOTE:  SuSE is a registered trademark of SuSE Linux AG. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other trademarks mentioned herein
 are the property of their respective owners.
 
     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. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.sun.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-650-786-7215, or
 franke.smith@sun.com; or Michelle Parkinson of Alexander Ogilvy for Sun,
 +1-310-407-7821, or mparkinson@alexanderogilvy.com
 
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    SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Marking the
 industry's first Linux distribution of a key enabling grid technology from a
 major systems vendor, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced
 that Grid Engine 5.3 software is now being distributed by SuSE Linux in the
 new release of SuSE Linux 8.0 Professional Edition.  With this distribution,
 SuSE Linux users worldwide now can leverage the benefits of grid computing
 through implementing cluster grids using Sun's advanced and easy-to-use grid
 technology.
     Sun's Grid Engine distributed resource management (DRM) software is a
 driving force behind grid implementations in technical, commercial and
 academic research computing environments worldwide.  Sun Grid Engine software
 has experienced rapid adoption and today powers more than 150,000 CPUs in over
 4,000 grids worldwide.  Nearly 35% of those CPUs are in Linux environments.
 By making Grid Engine 5.3 software available with SuSE Linux's 8.0
 Professional Edition, SuSE Linux can deliver the power of grid computing to
 the growing community of Linux users.
     This new distribution is further evidence of Sun's commitment to making
 its software available and optimized for the Linux operating system.  Sun is
 one of the largest providers of intellectual property to the Linux and open
 source communities with the Grid Engine Project as a key contribution.
 
     SUSE LINUX EXPANDS ACCESS TO SUN GRID COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY
     Through the distribution of Grid Engine 5.3 with SuSE Linux 8.0
 Professional Edition, Sun and SuSE continue to expand the availability of grid
 computing technology.  Sun's vision to enable the adoption of grid computing
 started in September 2000 with the release of Sun Grid Engine software, which
 Sun followed with the launch of the Grid Engine Project
 (www.gridengine.sunsource.net) and the release of approximately 500,000 lines
 of Grid Engine source code available under an open source license.  The Grid
 Engine Project, an open source initiative managed by Collabnet and created
 with funding from Sun, collaboratively advances the development and use of
 grid computing technology across the industry's various platforms, including
 Solaris, Linux and others.
     "Distributing Grid Engine software with SuSE Linux 8.0 will catalyze the
 adoption of grid computing and significantly increases the exposure of grid
 computing in the Linux and Unix communities," said Wolfgang Gentzsch, director
 of grid computing, Sun Microsystems.  "This distribution in addition to Sun's
 own Grid Engine Project, builds on Sun's vision of a truly heterogeneous grid
 computing environment in which enterprises can maximize resource utilization
 and gain competitive advantage today."
     "SuSE Linux is proud to be the first Linux solution provider to bring a
 powerful grid computing solution to the Linux marketplace.  Sun's Grid Engine
 technology delivers real benefits to SuSE Linux users and to the growing Linux
 community, and we're proud to work with Sun in extending the widespread
 adoption of grid computing," said Boris Nalbach, CTO, SuSE Linux.  "We've seen
 the rapid adoption of Sun Grid Engine software and we're convinced it
 leverages the inherent strengths of SuSE Linux 8.0 Professional to deliver a
 remarkable level of performance and flexibility in distributed resource
 environments."
 
     SUSE Linux 8.0 PROFESSIONAL EDITION FEATURES, PRICING & AVAILABILITY
     SuSE Linux 8.0, using Kernel 2.4.18, more than 1200 drivers, latest
 support of graphics cards and glibc 2.2.5 represents state-of-the-art Linux
 technology.  In addition to numerous improvements in the areas of security,
 ISDN, modem, and mail, the latest central Linux tools include:  web server
 Apache 1.3.23 and file and print server for Windows networks, Samba 2.2.3a.
 Basic system advantages such as memory protection, preemptive multitasking,
 optimized memory management, and excellent network properties enhance
 professional deployment and ambitious home use. SuSE Linux 8.0 will be
 available directly on April 22, from http://shop.suse.com , as well as from
 software retailers.  The recommended retail price for Linux 8.0 Professional
 (seven CDs, one DVD, three manuals, 90 days of installation support) is
 USD $79.95.
 
     About the Grid Engine Project
     The Grid Engine open source project is the home for the growing Grid
 Engine user and developer community.  Grid Engine software is a leading
 distributed resource management tool for cluster and campus grids.  Managing
 and submitting jobs to available compute resources in an individual grid, Grid
 Engine technology maximizes CPU utilization, increases productivity and return
 on investment.  Sponsored by Sun Microsystems, the project is at
 www.gridengine.sunsource.net.  Sun Grid Engine is also available as a free
 download at www.sun.com/grid.  Users of Grid Engine technology include Ford,
 Caprion Pharmaceuticals, BP, Cognigen Corporation, Motorola, Sony
 Semiconductor and Devices Europe, Aachen University of Technology, University
 of Durham and University of Edinburgh.
 
     About SuSE
     SuSE Linux is the international technology leader and solutions provider
 in Open Source operating system software.  SuSE's unique expertise in Linux
 and its largest development team worldwide dedicated to Open Source software
 has contributed to the recognition of SuSE as the most complete Linux solution
 available today.  SuSE Linux is a privately held company focused entirely on
 supporting the Linux community and Open Source development.  For more
 information, Please visit www.suse.com.
 
     NOTE:  SuSE is a registered trademark of SuSE Linux AG. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  All other trademarks mentioned herein
 are the property of their respective owners.
 
     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. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.sun.com .
 
     CONTACT:  Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., +1-650-786-7215, or
 franke.smith@sun.com; or Michelle Parkinson of Alexander Ogilvy for Sun,
 +1-310-407-7821, or mparkinson@alexanderogilvy.com
 
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