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PKI lab partners with Sun Systems

Representatives from Sun Microsystems joined members of Dartmouth's Department of Computer Science recently to launch a collaboration involving the College's Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Laboratory. The partnership, formalized last month, pairs Dartmouth's expertise in secure and trusted computing with Sun's OpenSolaris Project, an open-source operating system that is being enhanced through community input and dialogue.

Prasad Jayanti, Glenn Weinberg '78, Mark  Franklin, Tim Marsland, C. Robertson McClung, and Sean Smith
Left to right: Prasad Jayanti, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science; Glenn Weinberg '78, Vice President, Operating Platforms Group, Sun Microsystems; Mark Franklin, Project Manager, PKI Laboratory; Tim Marsland, Distinguished Engineer and CTO for the Operating Platforms Organization, Sun Microsystems; C. Robertson McClung, Associate Dean for the Sciences, Professor of Biological Sciences; and Sean Smith, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Principal Investigator, PKI Lab. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"OpenSolaris is a great example of how an open source operating system can be used to advance the field and teach the next generation of programmers," said Sean Smith, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Dartmouth's PKI Laboratory.

Smith and his team will contribute security features to OpenSolaris and develop graduate-level curricular material devoted to the system.

Dartmouth's PKI Lab has also been named a Sun Center of Excellence (COE), recognizing its contributions to computing, research and education. This is the second COE at Dartmouth. The fMRI Data Center was named a Sun COE in 2002 in support of its public archive of peer-reviewed brain studies and their underlying fMRI data.

Glenn Weinberg '78, Vice President of Operating Platforms at Sun, said, "This collaboration is an excellent example of great academics working with leading industry technologies to extend the community developing open source code." The team will base the OpenSolaris work on Bear/Enforcer, the world's first open-source Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-based computing platform, created in Dartmouth's PKI Lab, according to Smith. Inexpensive TPM hardware and Dartmouth's enhancements to the operating system provide improved security for software and data on the protected system.

Read an interview with Weinberg.

By SUSAN KNAPP

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Last Updated: 12/17/08