SearchEnterpriseLinux: Kernel Changes Spice Up Next-Gen Technologies
Aug 08, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"'Faster than a speeding bullet!' That's how IBM's vice
president of grid computing strategy, Dan Powers, described
advances in Linux technologies. 'Many different technologies will
be arriving that are changing the landscape for Linux users and
businesses,' said Powers, who is a speaker at LinuxWorld Conference
& Expo this week. At IBM, Powers and his associates examine and
make projections about IT changes during coming years and decades.
'We look at different technology paths, trying to predict as far
out as we can,' he said. In this interview, he shares some of his
thoughts and predictions about future technologies.
"Let's start with the technology advancement that's on
people's minds right now. Where do you think the new 2.6 kernel is
going to take Linux?
"Powers: It will help Linux take on more and
more workloads in the commercial space: database-type workloads,
transaction-type workloads, etc. It will be better from a
multi-processing performance perspective, and there are
applications in the commercial space that can take advantage of
that. It will help Linux, from a feature-function perspective,
become more enterprise-ready, particularly with the recovery
services in the new kernel. Each new kernel release just continues
to improve its readiness for business usage..."