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SunSITE Central Europe


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The SunSITE project at RWTH Aachen University started 1995 as a hosting system for open software and content. Today the SunSITE contains also information about science, culture and virtual communities. And we still run www and ftp servers giving access to the SunSITE Software Archive.

Sun SITE Central Europe was founded by Manfred Jeusfeld and Matthias Jarke in 1994 with the idea of supporting scientific co-operation. Thanks to a generous hardware donantion by Sun Microsystems GmbH, Germany, the service became online in 1995 with Stefanie Kethers as first editor-in-chief. In the early years, downloads from ftp archives were dominant. Later, a shared group workspace, an online proceedings server, and sites for scientific workgroups were added. Current editor-in-chief is Ralf Klamma.
The SunSITE project at RWTH Aachen University started 1995 as part of the „Sun Software, Information & Technology Exchange“ network. The SunSITE Central Europe is online as a WWW and FTP server since april 1995. It started as a Sun SPARC Server 1000E with 6 CPUs, 256 MB of memory and around 16 GB of disk space. The Sparc Server was replaced in 1998 with a Sun Enterprise 450 (2 CPUs, 640 MB memory, ~100 GB disk space). The 450 served around 55000 http hits per day and delivered around 135GB ftp data per day. At this time the server had 1,1GB of memory and around 400 GB disk space. In the beginning of 2003 a SUN Fire 280R was taken into service to replace the 450. After a transition period this server was taken into full service in April 2003. This machine now has two 900 MHz UltraSparc III processors, 4 GB main memory and around 2 TB of disk space. Today the SunSITE contains information about science, culture and virtual communities. And we still run an ftp server giving access to the SunSITE Software Archive.

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