My reason for being in Ca, is to visit the Sun Labs Open House. The day was opened by Bob Sproull, the Labs Director and Greg Papadopolous, Sun’s EVP for R&D and CTO. They both spoke about the goals and accountability of Sun Labs. They look to create new technologies, improve our current technologies or occasionally improve Sun. They are beginning to look at Sun Labs with a venturer’s view and no longer measure the output of white papers, books and conference speeches. Greg Popadopolous said, “these things are better done in Universities”. After the speeches I wandered over to the main building and noticed in the entrance lobby a wall of innovation.

Sun's Wall of Patents

Sun has mounted the patent plaques granted its staff on two opposite walls. So I took a picture,  NB I am standing up and six foot tall. There are a lot! In addition I wrote several posts on my sun/oracle blog about the exhibition and lectures I went to both yesterday and today.


Originally posted on my sun/oracle blog, republished here in March 2016

A visit to the Sun Labs open day(s)
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3 thoughts on “A visit to the Sun Labs open day(s)

  • 13th March 2016 at 12:32 am

    Possibly the article with the most relevance today was the article on search, partly because of the problem which took big data and graph maths to solve and partly because they were looking at enterprise search, a problem I returned to later in my time at Sun and a problem I am still not sure is well solved.

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  • 25th July 2022 at 8:12 am

    One of the most lasting memories, partly because I used it more than anything else, was the presentations on social graphs. Some of my notes may have been lost during the transition from my sun blog to here but there were some very provoking presentations, one particularly of a social graph of the Sun Labs team. Facebook may have been doing it already, but I don’t remember the words being used. Another example of Sun Labs having great ideas, but Sun’s hardware fetish led to it failing to have anywhere to go, although the inventor may have moved on fairly rapidly. I also refer to it in my note/post on visiting Zurich for the requirements/options meeting on the project that eventually became “Community Equity”, because Berthold Meyer had developed something similar but used tagging of the artefacts to enable more relevant people finding queries.

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