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Internet Week: Linux 2.4 Designed For Upscale Applications [D.H. Brown]

Jun 13, 2000, 14:18 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Drucker)

"The Linux operating system is about to gain several eagerly awaited improvements in performance and scalability that should make it a more viable enterprise operating system. But analysts say some key features will still be missing."

"The kernel's key advances include improved support for multiple processors and better memory utilization. However, a journaling file system-an important part of leading Unix systems that preserves data in the event of a crash-is unlikely to be part of the new kernel, analysts said."

"The 2.4 kernel's increased support for symmetric multiprocessing should let the OS take advantage of eight-processor servers as well as improve its performance on four-way systems, said Tony Iams, an analyst at D.H. Brown Associates. ... The new kernel also is expected to let the OS utilize more than 4 GB of system memory on Intel-architecture servers. ... "There's a fair amount of headroom on the Intel architecture that Linux isn't quite capable of exploiting yet," Iams said. "If the SMP range and memory range are there, those will be very important in boosting the scalability of the system."

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