Sun vice president to discuss 'Sustainable Computing' at Schulze Hall program tomorrow

Sun vice president to discuss ‘Sustainable Computing’ at Schulze Hall program tomorrow

The vice president of eco-responsibility for Sun Microsystems will discuss “Sustainable Computing: Why and How It Works” in a program tomorrow in Schulze Hall on the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.

The program will include tours of Sun’s “Project Blackbox,” a complete data center inside a standard, 20-foot shipping container that is designed to be shipped and put into operation quickly, even in remote locations.

David Douglas, Sun’s vice president of eco-responsibility and chief technical officer for Project Blackbox, will give the talk from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the auditorium of Schulze Hall.

One of the Project Blackbox data centers will be parked on a truck just outside the auditorium. It will be open for tours from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Joining Douglas in leading the tours will be Cheryl Cook, Sun’s vice president for U.S. sales.

To register for the event, or for more information, visit and use registration code 1322. More information also is available by calling (952) 832-5050, Extension 44125. More information about Project Blackbox can be found at

Douglas is responsible for Sun’s environmental initiatives, including energy efficiency, product recycling and clean manufacturing. Earlier in his career he co-founded ConnecTerra, which was acquired by BEA Systems in 2005. At BEA he was chief architect for WebLogic. He also was Sun’s vice president of engineering for the Solaris operating system.