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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Kernel Changes Spice Up Next-Gen Technologies

Aug 08, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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"'Faster than a speeding bullet!' That's how IBM's vice president of grid computing strategy, Dan Powers, described advances in Linux technologies. 'Many different technologies will be arriving that are changing the landscape for Linux users and businesses,' said Powers, who is a speaker at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo this week. At IBM, Powers and his associates examine and make projections about IT changes during coming years and decades. 'We look at different technology paths, trying to predict as far out as we can,' he said. In this interview, he shares some of his thoughts and predictions about future technologies.

"Let's start with the technology advancement that's on people's minds right now. Where do you think the new 2.6 kernel is going to take Linux?

"Powers: It will help Linux take on more and more workloads in the commercial space: database-type workloads, transaction-type workloads, etc. It will be better from a multi-processing performance perspective, and there are applications in the commercial space that can take advantage of that. It will help Linux, from a feature-function perspective, become more enterprise-ready, particularly with the recovery services in the new kernel. Each new kernel release just continues to improve its readiness for business usage..."

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