Scott McNealy, (left) chairman of Sun Microsystems, with Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim, unveils Stanford University's new Computational Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) center, which Sun helped establish. McNealy and Bechtolsheim reminisced about the founding days of Sun while still at Stanford.
CEES Director Jerry Harris (center) helps inaugurate CEES on Tuesday. As he put it, the center is about "computer-driven science and science-driven computer design," meaning that CEES partners from industry and government will be able to learn from its work on how to improve the computational efficiencies of their own systems.
Stanford President John Hennessy (left) with CEES Director Jerry Harris said that the center "will advance scientific computing by combining both disciplines."
Scott McNealy jokes during a commemorative speech at the opening of CEES, which was conceived of 18 months ago by Sun and Stanford researchers, that "if I may have an Al Gore-ish moment, we invented community development" referring to the open-source developer community that now thrives around Linux. "We believe the network is the computer in an open and sharing way."