Sun Claims 1 Million Project Jxta Developers

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-03-10

Sun Microsystems Inc. last week announced that its peer-to-peer technology, known as Project Jxta, has experienced strong adoption since its rollout nearly two years ago.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company said more than a million developers have downloaded Project Jxta from the Sun Web site since it was introduced in February 2001. Sun released the first full, stable version of the technology in November 2001, said Juan Carlos Soto, Suns group engineering manager for Jxta.

Jxta is a standards-based P2P technology that supports collaboration and communication on networked devices, including cell phones, pagers, PDAs, PCs and servers. Sun released Jxta to the open-source community in April 2001. The technology runs across multiple platforms. Jxta is short for juxtapose, as in side by side.

Soto said more than 12,700 individuals and organizations have signed on as members of the Jxta community.

Meanwhile, Sun also said the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Convenience Stores have implemented Jxta-based applications and that ISVs have released commercial products based on Jxta.

John Hervey, chief technology officer of NACS, based in Alexandria, Va., said NACS looked at Jxta because of the wide variety of devices used in convenience stores and the need for P2P communication between the devices. Hervey said Jxta enables the creation of reliable low-cost networks.

"We were looking at developing a system network architecture for what a convenience store will look like three years down the road," Hervey said.

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