Sun Optimizes Free Tool Set for Multicore

Along with Sun Studio 11, the company announces the revival of its developer network and a new developer-oriented video channel.

Sun Microsystems Inc. Wednesday announced Sun Studio 11 and said the company will offer the development tool set free of charge to all developers.

Sun Studio 11 supports C, C++ and Fortran development on the Sun platform and features a graphical debugger and a suite of performance analysis tools, the company said.

In addition, the new compilers in the tool set have been optimized for developing 32-bit and 64-bit applications on multicore and multithreaded systems, including Suns newest UltraSPARC T1 processors, Sun officials said.

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"Sun is not only leading the market in delivering multicore and multithreaded systems, but we are taking it one step further and delivering the software and development tools needed to optimize the performance of those systems," John Loiacono, executive vice president of software for Sun Microsystems, said in a statement.

"Sun Studio 11 is just the latest enhancement we have made to our software and developer offering. We are also including Suns complete developer tool set into the Java Enterprise System and the Solaris OS, allowing developers access to the highest-performing, most productive suite of tools on the planet, without the burden of additional costs."

Meanwhile, Sun also announced Wednesday the re-emergence of its developer network. According to Sun officials, the company is re-energizing its focus on the developer community.

As part of its commitment to developers, the new SDN (Sun Developer Network) Channel went live Wednesday afternoon.

The SDN Channel provides developers with easy access to Suns communities, including the engineers developing Suns technologies and Suns vast student developer network, as well as with free Java goods, the company said.

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In addition, the channel will feature a monthly theme. Novembers inaugural theme is student developers with a focus on enterprise, Web and gaming application development.

Also, the site will feature video interviews with Chris Melissinos, Chief Gaming Officer at Sun; Walter Hardy, president of W. Hardy Interactive Inc.; and Tor Norbye, senior staff engineer on the Sun Java Studio Creator team.

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