The relationship between Sun Microsystems and the University recognises the University's expertise in computer architecture, networking and parallel computing. A cross-departmental team at Otago is working on a number of projects of interest to Sun Microsystems, including the Virtual Aggregated Processor (VAP). VAP is based on building virtualisation software designed to fully utilise the power of the new generation multi-core computer chips. The development of tools within VAP is intended to substantially reduce the burden on programmers by using parallel programming techniques and has huge commercial potential.

The formalisation of the relationship ensures ongoing interaction throughout a global network of researchers, programmers, engineers, technologists, and industry representatives within both Sun Microsystems and the other universities aligned with Sun.

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