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LinuxWorld: MOSIX pumps up the penguin - Technology helps you build a cluster in your garage

Jan 12, 2001, 00:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pawel Leszek)

"Searching for an easy way to speed up huge compilations or scale up your Internet services? Take a look at MOSIX, an open source clustering project from Hebrew University that features power without a price."

"Sooner or later, you'll want to strengthen your Linux processing power, and you'll find that it's not easy. The Linux kernel doesn't support higher-class multiprocessor server machines. The 2.2.x kernel is able to run on at most four-processor machines; the long-awaited 2.4.0 kernel SMP enhancements will be able to run on machines with up to 16 processors, matching what Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server can do, but 16 processors is still too few for power-hungry tasks."

"Don't lose faith in the penguin yet! Clustering could be the solution. Clustering offers two main advantages -- scalable power and redundancy/high availability (HA). Most cluster solutions offer load balancing and switching around damaged nodes. One such Linux clustering solution is MOSIX."

"MOSIX is under development at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. It was originally developed for BSD, but now Linux is its exclusive development platform -- on x86 architecture only, unfortunately. The MOSIX team aims to build clustering software that will act for users and processes as a single system. The idea is simple: MOSIX automatically distributes processing jobs between cluster nodes (hosts). The core of MOSIX implements adaptive load balancing and preemptive process migration across a networked group of machines."

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