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Server Specs: Clerity Solutions buys Sun's mainframe rehosting business

Clerity acquires Sun's mainframe rehosting business; New version of the National Electrical Safety Code available; Sun buys a piece of HP's legacy.

Clerity Solutions buys Sun's mainframe rehosting business Clerity Solutions Inc. announced last week that it acquired Sun Microsystems Inc.'s mainframe rehosting business, which allows customers to use Sun servers to run software originally meant for mainframes.

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Clerity, based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., plans to expand the mainframe rehosting technology to servers from other vendors, such as Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP). From Sun, it bought the mainframe transaction processing and mainframe batch manager software, which focus on batch and online computing, respectively. It also acquired mainframe migration tools.

Supported operating systems will include Sun Solaris, as well as IBM's AIX, HP-UX and Linux. Clerity also announced that it hired 27 employees from the Sun mainframe rehosting division. The company claims that about 80 companies currently use Sun's mainframe rehosting technology.

Latest version of the National Electrical Safety Code available

National Electrical Safety Code has been updated, and the latest version, the 2007 National Electrical Safety Code, is now available through the IEEE standards association. The Code, which is used throughout the U.S. and in over 100 countries, offers guidance on safeguarding employees and the public when electrical supply and communication lines are designed, installed, operated and maintained. It is updated every five years to reflect changes in the electrical and communications industries. The document covers relevant topics from grounding; storage batteries; transformers; conductors and circuit breakers; to switchgear; clearances; cable terminations; safety signs; protective clothing; and more. Get a copy of the standard at the IEEE's site.

Sun buys a piece of HP's legacy

Last week, Sun bought a piece of HP history -- by purchasing a piece of art from a Silicon Valley project depicting HP's founders, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. The art project consisted of likenesses of several tech pioneers, each outfitted with a GPS tracking system and portrayed hitchhiking to their respective locations. According to Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's blog post, HP declined to buy or host the founders, so Sun opted to purchase them for $6,000, along with the Silicon Valley garage where HP began.

Colleges hope computer grid will predict storms

More than 60 colleges and universities have banded together to form the Southeastern Universities Research Association, which aims to forecast storm surges before hurricanes arrive,so officials can decide whether to evacuate an area.

The grid itself only involves 14 schools in the Southeastern U.S. and has been in the works for two and a half years. It currently includes about 900 processors, which the association hopes to double. The improved system is expected to be able to calculate 10 trillion floating-point operations per second. IBM has already announced a contract with three of the colleges -- Georgia State University, Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University -- to provide hardware and software for the computing grid.

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