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LinuxWorld: The iron penguin, Part 1 - Linux takes to big iron within virtual machines

Jun 06, 2000, 20:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neale Ferguson)

"The largest Linux machine in the world is a big hunk of iron. Mainframe-style big iron is back in fashion as IBM and independent developers alike have brought the Linux platform to the S/390 mainframe running within virtual machines. In his article "S/390: The Linux Dream Machine," Scott Courtney introduced the S/390 port of Linux and hinted at its potential as a high-end system to support large clusters of independent virtual servers for running Linux applications."

"For those who think that the mainframe is a dead architecture with limited potential, you should know that IBM and other vendors now sell more mainframes than ever before. In fact, the mainframe has flourished alongside the growth of the Internet as large vendors strive to put their information systems online and need to expand the capabilities of their mainframe systems to support the added demand."

"So what is this thing called the S/390? What is VM/ESA and LPAR? Where did such a port come from? For those unfamiliar with the S/390 system but interested in hearing about this Linux port, this three part series will explain...."

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