Sun plans to release its Sun Studio 10 development tool, which includes support for 64-bit applications running on AMD Opteron and Nocona processors, before the end of the year.
Sun Studio is intended to make it easier for customers to migrate to the Solaris 10 operating system, which also is due to ship later this year.
The tool supports C, C++, and Fortran developers on Solaris, complementing Sun's Java-based offerings. Sun already supports 64-bit Sparc systems in the current Sun Studio tool.
"If you use those open source compilers, you will run 60% slower than applications compiled with Sun Studio," said Joe Keller, Sun vice-president of marketing for the Java web services and tools group. "That's like wasting half a machine."
As part of its pursuit of the Wall Street financial market Sun is setting up a Wall Street-specific Sun Developer Advisory Council which will have its first meeting in October, and a "Tech Days on Wall Street" developer conference is planned for November.
Paul Krill writes for Infoworld