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Oracle Updates Linux, Sticks with Intel and Promises Solaris

Oct 06, 2011, 00:57 (1 Talkback[s])
Oracle Linux is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, though Oracle has its own kernel called the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, which debuted at OpenWorld in 2010. According to Screven, Oracle's kernel is 75 percent faster than Red Hat's. Oracle is now updating that kernel to version 2, delivering even more performance thanks to an improved scheduler for high thread count applications like Java. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2 release also provides transmit packet steering across CPUs, which Screven said delivers lower network latency. There is also a virtual switch that enables VLAN isolation as well as Quality of Service (QoS) and monitoring.

The new kernel also provides Linux containers, which are similar to the Solaris containers, for virtualization isolation.

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