First GlassFish Cluster On Earth’s Stratosphere To Offer ARM powered Java PaaS

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Software Company Anahata Technologies to deploy GlassFish v4 cluster on Earth’s stratosphere

On April 1st 2013, Pablo Rodriguez Pina, founder and co-director of the Perth (Western Australia) based software company announced the company is planning to deploy a GlassFish cluster on Stellites spinning around Earth’s stratosphere.

The company, which specializes in cross platform Enterprise Application Development using the Java Platform is currently performing rocket launch tests to deploy a matrix of 108 satellites which will be spinning on Earth’s orbit from April 1st 2018.

The satellites forming cluster consist of seven 0.89 Kw solar panels connected to 24 racks containing a 32 x 32 matrix of RaspBerry PI Model B revision 2 units. Each rack is connected to the satellite with a 256 meter long PoEaE (Power Over Ethernet And Ethernet) cable which is yet to become available commercially. The racks will be distributed in a dish shape topology covering a 512 meter diameter.

Pablo Rodriguez, notably excited during the announcement, described the reasons behind the choice for the Raspberry PI: “The main factors during the hardware evaluation were power consumption, versatility, cost and of course weight. We tried over 70 different types of hardware ranging from supercomputers such as yet unreleased version of a SPARC SuperCluster T6 to Standard Intel I7 based Servers, standalone ARM boards, and even Java Cards. And to the surprise of many we found the ARM board to be the most suitable alternative. Our main goal for the cluster was to have the highest availability in history. With this topology, each satellite has a total of 24,576 Raspberry PI Units. With 108 satellites, we are looking at a network of 2.5 million standalone computer systems in orbit. We considered all sort of adverse circumstances such as units damaged due to G forces during launch, solar flares hitting the satellites satellites and a long list of other almost unthinkable scenarios.”

The PoEaE, a new cabling prototype designed to carry ethernet data along 12V power at speeds of 10 Gbps using a technique which encodes binary data in the standard sinusoidal electricity waves which is being currently developed at MIT is expected to become commercially available in June 2015 is currently nick named 'The Sinusoidal Shake'.

The satellite network, which will be running the largest known GlassFish v4 super cluster, will be using the commercial Oracle Java SE 8 ARM distribution on top of a modified version of Raspbian Os. Pablo Rodriguez explained the software choice: “Such a step forward in the history of mankind, could only be conducted using open source software. When it came to the Java Runtime Environment, we were a bit hesitant with the commercial restrictions of the JRE for ARM devices. Larry Ellison came to our research center in Mundaring, WA and gave us a free unlimited usage license with a single field of use restriction indicating the JRE could only operate when powered by renewable energy.”

About Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd

Founded in 2010, Anahata Technologies Pty Ltd is a Western Australia privately owned application development consultancy specializing in the analysis, design, implementation and support of cost-effective, custom built software applications.

Anahata’s preferred delivery approach is an iterative, customer centric software development process where business analysts visit customer premises to gather requirements, outline the current business processes and design an improved flow. Once the system requirements are complete, a continuous integration development process allows customers to test the application regularly as it is being built. Upon implementation, customer’s staff is trained on site on the usage of the new system

Anahata offers its customers a 3 month warranty and support period where users can have unlimited phone or email consultation. Customers can access an online task and issue management system to log requests for enhancements (RFEs) or report any defects encountered during the testing or production stages. Anahata seeks to be the most customers centric of all software companies in Perth.

Anahata’s preferred technological choice is to deliver cross-platform solutions based on open standards and open source technology that ensure stability, compatibility, and security over a long application lifespan and reduces upfront and ongoing licensing fees.

Anahata is an Oracle Certified Partner and delivers custom software solutions based on Oracle Technology, such as Java, Java Enterprise Edition, MySQL or Oracle Database. Anahata is also a certified MYOB developer partner. Anahata’s Custom Software solutions integrate with any MYOB software package.

For more information about Anahata, visit http://www.anahata-it.com.au or type ‘Software Company’ in your favourite search engine.

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