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Computer scientists successfully boot one million Linux kernels as virtual machines

Sep 26, 2009, 16:04 (11 Talkback[s])

"The achievement will allow cyber security researchers to more effectively observe behavior found in malicious botnets, or networks of infected machines that can operate on the scale of a million nodes. Botnets, said Sandia's Ron Minnich, are often difficult to analyze since they are geographically spread all over the world.

"Sandia scientists used virtual machine (VM) technology and the power of its Thunderbird supercomputing cluster for the demonstration.

"Running a high volume of VMs on one supercomputer — at a similar scale as a botnet — would allow cyber researchers to watch how botnets work and explore ways to stop them in their tracks. "We can get control at a level we never had before," said Minnich."

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