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Ch@nnelWeb: Linux Cluster: University of Calif. at Berkeley Ninja Project

Nov 11, 2000, 19:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlotte Dunlap)

"Within the next few years, billions of devices -- from car radios to cellular telephones -- are expected to be able to access the Internet. That reality, however, is already dawning at the University of California at Berkeley. In an effort called the Ninja Project, a group of graduate students and professors at the university are working to construct a scalable architecture for online services and applications that can run on next-generation Internet devices."

"The fault-tolerant Ninja architecture relies on a cluster of more than 100 workstations, all running the Linux operating system on Intel Pentium III components. The platform is being designed to support thousands of concurrent users of various Web-enabled devices, including workstations, cell phones, pagers and personal digital assistants (PDAs)."

"Applications are implemented in Java. Services envisioned for the Ninja platform include an online stock-trading system and a messaging system that integrates voice and e-mail integration, which could run on a mobile device that combines PDA and cellular phone capabilities."

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