Using Sun Technology at Sheffield Sun@Sheffield

Demos@Sheffield

It's easy enough to tell you about the benefits of using Sun technology and try and entice you with all the great features. But how do you go about actually getting hold of and playing with this stuff?

Fear not, because help is at hand. Over the next few months, we'll be running a series of technical demo sessions with Sun engineers. This will provide you with the opportunity to see Sun technology in action and ask any questions you may have.

All videos and posters are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative license.

Currently Scheduled Demos

There are no more demos planned for this semester. Thanks to those who attended the ones held so far. Keep an eye out for announcements of further Sun events next academic year.

Past Demos

21st of May, 1pm, SG-LT01: Technology, Innovation and Life with Simon Ritter

This will focus on current technology trends and how these relate back to material covered within an academic setting. This will be of special interest to those expecting to graduate this year, as it will cover the skills required to find a fulfilling job at the end of your education.

14th of May, 2pm, SG-LT09: Freedom and Free Java with Andrew Haley (Red Hat)

This demo will introduce the audience to OpenJDK and the IcedTea project, demonstrating the benefits of Sun's recent move to the GPL as the license for their JDK.

30th of April, 2pm, SG-LT07: Sun SPOT with Bernard Horan

This demo will demonstrate the use of the new Sun SPOT technology. These are small sensor devices with wireless technology that run a Java VM written in Java called Squawk.

24th of April, 3pm, SG-LT07: Xvm with Gary Pennington

This demo will demonstrate the process of virtualisation using Xvm (think Xen) technology.

29th of February: Introduction to OpenSolaris with Paul Humphreys and Jarod Nash

Our first demonstration was a general introduction to the OpenSolaris operating system and its innovative features, specifically the ZFS filesystem (which was spoken about at length and demoed by Jarod Nash), script-based system and process monitoring with DTrace and virtualised operating systems using Zones. Copies of Developer Preview 2 and OpenSolaris starter kits were available for you to take home; these include several 'live' CD options so you can try OpenSolaris without committing it to your hard disc.

Slides

Recordings

Each movie is provided as a Theora video stream together with a Vorbis audio stream using the Ogg container format. Three versions are provided, suitable for different downloading capabilities: full size (704x576), half size (352x288) and quarter size (176x144). The audio stream is also provided as a separate download using Speex, which may be preferable if you are not bothered about seeing the visual content. Further details of these formats are available on the Xiph website. A DVD copy is available on request.

Title Artist Date Event Low Med High Audio Blip.tv License
OpenSolaris 2008.11 Preview Mesude Biçak and James Legg 21/03/2009 North Campus Conference Centre, Kroto Research Institute, University of Sheffield Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
JavaFX Mesude Biçak and Simon Ritter 11/02/2009 Lewin Lab, Regent Court, University of Sheffield Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Technology, Innovation and Life Simon Ritter 21/05/2008 Technology, Innovation and Life Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Freedom and Free Java Andrew Haley 14/05/2008 Freedom and Free Java Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Freedom and Free Java: The TCK Andrew Haley 14/05/2008 Freedom and Free Java Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Sun SPOT Bernard Horan, Dr Gordon Manson and Tom Gummery 30/04/2008 Sun SPOT Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Xvm Gary Pennington 24/04/2008 Xvm Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
A Hitchhiker's Guide To Sun Paul Humphreys 29/02/2008 OpenSolaris and ZFS Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
ZFS: Under The Hood Jarod Nash 29/02/2008 OpenSolaris and ZFS Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
ZFS Demo Jarod Nash 29/02/2008 OpenSolaris and ZFS Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Sun SPOT A SunSPOT Engineer 15/11/2007 Campus Ambassador Launch Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Open Wins: Leadership and Innovation Scott McNealy 15/11/2007 Campus Ambassador Launch Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License
Sun SPOT Simon Ritter 04/09/2007 JavaPT 07 Play Play Play Play Play Creative Commons License