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1.  What's New in the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 Release

Installation Enhancements

Oracle Solaris Auto Registration

SPARC: Support for ITU Construction Tools on SPARC Platforms

Oracle Solaris Upgrade Enhancement for Oracle Solaris Zone- Cluster Nodes

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle Solaris Zones

Migrating a Physical Oracle Solaris 10 System Into a Zone

Host ID Emulation

Updating Packages by Using the New zoneadm attach -U Option

Virtualization Enhancements for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Memory Dynamic Reconfiguration Capability

Virtual Disk Multipathing Enhancements

Static Direct I/O

Virtual Domain Information Command and API

System Administration Enhancements

Oracle Solaris ZFS Features and Enhancements

Fast Crash Dump

x86: Support for the IA32_ENERGY_PERF_BIAS MSR

Support for Multiple Disk Sector Size

iSCSI Initiator Tunables

Sparse File Support in the cpio Command

x86: 64-Bit libc String Functions Improvements With SSE

Automated Rebuilding of sendmail Configuration Files

Automatic Boot Archive Recovery

Security Enhancements

net_access Privilege

x86: Intel AES-NI Optimization

Language Support Enhancements

New Oracle Solaris Unicode Locales

Device Management Enhancements

iSER Initiator

New Hot-Plugging Features

AAC RAID Power Management

Driver Enhancements

x86: HP Smart Array HBA Driver

x86: Support for Broadcom NetXtreme II 10 Gigabit Ethernet NIC Driver

x86: New SATA HBA Driver, bcm_sata, for Broadcom HT1000 SATA Controllers

Support for SATA/AHCI Port Multiplier

Support for Netlogic NLP2020 PHY in the nxge Driver

Freeware Enhancements

GNU TAR Version 1.23

Firefox 3.5

Thunderbird 3

Less Version 436

Networking Enhancements

BIND 9.6.1 for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

GLDv3 Driver APIs

IPoIB Connected Mode

Open Fabrics User Verbs Primary Kernel Components

InfiniBand Infrastructure Enhancements

X11 Windowing Enhancements

Support for the setxkbmap Command

New Chipset Support

ixgbe Driver to Integrate Intel Shared Code Version 3.1.9

Broadcom Support to bge Networking Driver

x86: Fully Buffered DIMM Idle Power Enhancement

Fault Management Architecture Enhancements

FMA Support for AMD's Istanbul Based Systems

Oracle Solaris FMA Enhancement

Diagnostic Tools Enhancements

Sun Validation Test Suite 7.0ps9

Enhancements to the mdb Command to Improve the Debugging Capability of kmem and libumem

Networking Enhancements

The following networking enhancements have been added to the Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 release.

BIND 9.6.1 for the Oracle Solaris 10 OS

BIND 9.6.1 updates the Solaris Domain Name System Server. The relevant tools provides the following new features:

GLDv3 Driver APIs

In this release, a core subset of the GLDv3 (Generic LAN Driver version 3) driver APIs are made public, and available for use by 3rd party device driver writers.

For information about how to write an Ethernet driver using the GLDv3 framework, see Chapter 19, Drivers for Network Devices, in Writing Device Drivers.

IPoIB Connected Mode

IP over Infiniband (IPoIB) connected mode introduces an improved capability of the IPoIB driver. Instead of using UD datagrams to communicate, this new feature allows Oracle Solaris nodes to establish connected mode channels to peer nodes that can also support connected mode. This feature improves latency and bandwidth, and lowers CPU utilization for IPoIB. If the peer nodes cannot support connected mode, the driver automatically reverts to the UD datagram mode, thereby assuring connectivity comparable to the original UD-only version of the driver.

Open Fabrics User Verbs Primary Kernel Components

This feature delivers the Open Fabrics Enterprise Edition (OFED) RDMA CM kernel KPIs. It allows kernel modules and drivers to use the OFED defined Infiniband connection management KPIs. It also delivers the kernel components required to interface OFED libraries into the InfiniBand Transport Framework (IBTF).

InfiniBand Infrastructure Enhancements

The InfiniBand infrastructure has been enhanced to improve the user experience and resiliency to fabric errors. Enhancements are as follows:

This feature improves the performance of IPoIB in the UD datagram mode. As a result, you will notice improved throughput in the UD mode and decreased CPU utilization of the IPoIB driver in general. The enhancement, combined with doubling the size of the MTU that can be used on the InfiniBand fabric, greatly improves the usability of IPoIB in both UD and connected modes. Memory registration and speed have also been improved.