- Project Wonderland brings "Second Life" -like tools to the Enterprise. Built on Project Darkstar, a software infrastructure that supports massive scaling for virtual worlds, social networking, and gaming, Project Wonderland, delivers a toolkit for those looking to build 3D virtual worlds. On site, the demos highlighted how unified communications and virtual worlds can come together to deliver colalborative work environments.
- Project Sun SPOT - showcased at last year's event, this experimental platform showcases how Java can be embedded with robotics, wireless sensor, and swarm intelligence technologies. Like many of Sun's new offerings, this one is available as Open Source on Java.net. and has a lot of great promise work automation and artificial intelligence applications.
- Project Fortress - this project debuted two years ago as a new programming language for high performance computing (HPC). Released March 31, 2008 as Project Fortress Version 1.0, the first specification of the language is now synched with an implementation. This new programming language shows a lot of promise as software increasingly will rely on HPC and more complex modes of virtualization and Project Fortress could provide a viable option for the Open Source world. Key features include static checking; library based defined languages; implicit paralleism; and flexible, space-ware mathematical syntax.
Despite repeated reports of the "Sun" setting at this venerable Silicon Valley icon, innovation is alive and well . Software continues to be one of 4 key focus areas. These latest innovations provide insight to what may be possible in a world where Open Source emerges an alternative platform. With the acquisition of BEA by Oracle, Sun could emerge as a strong independent platform for other system integrators, ISV's, and independent minded developers to extend and build solutions on top of. Of course, this would be dependent on Sun's commitment to building tools and a strong ecosystem to provide other innovators and customers who want an independent choice.
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