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JXTA: Open Source, Standards-Based, Peer-To-Peer Technology

Sun Continues to Innovate as Project JXTA Speeds Past One Million Downloads

Only Peer-to-Peer Computing Technology that Enables Collaboration and Communication on Any Networked Device

Commercial Products Available from InView Software, Internet Access Methods, and Implemented by National Association of Realtors and National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Santa Clara, California, USA. March 4, 2003.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced in a press teleconference that more than one million developers have downloaded Project JXTA from the Sun Web site. JXTA is the only open source, standards-based, peer-to-peer technology that supports collaboration and communication on any networked device anywhere, anytime. Sun also announced that the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Convenience Stores are implementing JXTA-based applications and that InView Software and Internet Access Methods have released commercial products based on JXTA.

This major milestone highlights the mounting adoption of JXTA for peer-to-peer application and service deployment. With initiatives like JXTA, Sun is leading the charge in enabling companies to profit from open source computing.

"Our JXTA based solution allows distributed property listing data sources to participate in a listing search without the need to have the listing data aggregated in a single database," said Aubrey Jackson, strategic architect, National Association of Realtors. "By allowing listing owners to maintain their data, updates are reflected immediately making the most current information always available."

"The promise of peer-to-peer computing is that devices will be able to communicate and collaborate across a wide variety of operating systems and networked devices ranging from sensors to cell phones to desktops to super servers," said John Fowler, chief technology officer, Software, Sun Microsystems. "Project JXTA is the first peer-to-peer platform that delivers on that promise. Recent commercial deployments clearly illustrate the power and versatility of JXTA for creating applications that interact in new ways."

The open source community of more than 12,700 members has evolved Project JXTA into an open set of XML-based protocols for creating peer-to-peer style network computing applications and services quickly and easily. The community is also releasing JXTA Version 2.0, which offers enhanced scalability and performance. To download the new release visit

"Our community chose Project JXTA technology for peer-to-peer communications because devices in convenience stores use different operating systems and are supplied by multiple vendors," said John Hervey, chief technology officer, National Association of Convenience Stores. "As open source, Project JXTA and peer-to-peer enables us to create low cost networks at the convenience stores with no single point of failure."

JXTA-Based Commercial Applications

InView Software ( and Internet Access Methods ( are part of a range of companies that are expected to release commercial products that leverage the collaborative strengths of the JXTA platform this year.

InView Software developed its Momentum application using JXTA technology as its peer-to-peer communications infrastructure layer. Momentum enables file sharing and collaboration between users on the Solaris Operating Environment, Linux and Windows workstations. Users create workspaces containing files that they would like to share, and then invite other users to join that workspace. Momentum users can work collaboratively on documents such as drawings, charts, or timelines.

Internet Access Methods built IAM-Developing, a collaborative Java Integrated Development Environment (IDE), using JXTA technology. IAM-Developing works across multiple plaforms. The product enables multiple developers to work securely on the same piece of source code, and see modifications made by others in real time across corporate firewalls.

About Project JXTA

JXTA is an open, generalized peer-to-peer platform that allows any connected device on the network to communicate and collaborate. Sun Microsystems developed and released JXTA to the open source community in April 2001. JXTA can be applied across multiple platforms including the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE), Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), C language, and others. Any device on the network including cell phones, two-way pagers, electronic sensors, PDAs, desktop computers and servers, can be connected using JXTA.

Sun's technical consulting arm, Sun Professional Services, is at the forefront of helping organizations leverage JXTA to deliver services to the Web, and to engineer architectures to support pervasive -- any device, anywhere, any time -- access. In 2002, JXTA technology was awarded the "Most Innovative Java Product or Technology Award" from JavaWorld Magazine and the "Outstanding Group Contribution to Java Technology" from JavaPro Magazine.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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