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Sun Collaborates With Boeing

MCLEAN, Va. -- Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW - News) and the Space and Intelligence Systems unit of Boeing (NYSE: BA - News) have announced plans to launch an industry leading, open architecture that will enable organizations to collect, process and store massive amounts of data at extremely high rates of speed.

Capable of sustained processing of more than 10 gigabits of data per second, the joint solution is designed to foster data analysis, sharing and decision making for a variety of markets including government, life science, energy, education, aerospace and media & entertainment.

To put in perspective, the processing speed of 10 gigabits per second is equivalent to processing 250 copies of the complete works of Shakespeare or 125 chest x-rays in one second. The architecture addresses the computing demands of several data-intensive tasks including: operational intelligence and surveillance, epidemic trend analysis and prediction, failure analysis of aircraft and ships, predictive traffic management, weather and ocean forecasting and virtual design.

Target applications for the Sun and Boeing 10 gigabit technology include experimental analysis and simulations in scientific disciplines such as high- energy physics, climate modeling, earthquake engineering, astronomy, human genomics and the development of nano-scale electronic devices. In such applications, massive datasets must be shared by a community of hundreds or thousands of researchers distributed worldwide.

These researchers need to be able to transfer large subsets of these datasets to local sites or other remote resources for processing. The success and continued proliferation of such advanced data sharing depends heavily on high-performance data acquisition, transfer and storage for real-time data collection, processing, visualization and simulation.

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