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LinuxInsider: Linux V2.6 Scales the Enterprise

Feb 10, 2004, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Venezia)

"If commercial Unix vendors weren't already worried about Linux, they should be now. Linux has seen wide deployment in datacenters, generally as a Web server or a file server, or to handle network tasks such as DNS and DHCP, but not as a platform for running mission-critical enterprise applications. Solaris, AIX, or HP/UX typically get the nod when an application demands the highest levels of performance and scalability. The recent release of a new Linux kernel, v2.6, promises to change that.

"The v2.6 kernel ushers in a new era of support for big iron with big workloads, opening the door for Linux to handle the most demanding tasks that are currently handled by Solaris, AIX, or HP/UX. The new kernel not only supports greater amounts of RAM and a higher processor count, but the core of device management has changed. Previous to this kernel there were limits within the kernel that could constrain large systems, such as a 65,536 process limit before rollover, and 256 devices per chain. The v2.6 kernel moves well beyond these limitations, and it includes support for some of the largest server architectures around..."

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