"'Now, you'll start to see enterprises running Linux on big SMP
boxes,' predicted Wim Coekaerts, principal member of the technical
staff, Corporate Architecture, at Oracle.
"In recent months, Oracle has been continuing its Linux push by
setting a world record benchmark for symmetric multiprocessing
(SMP) machines, teaming up with Red Hat on a development center in
Singapore, pitching in on the Linux 2.6 kernel, and moving its own
internal development environment from Solaris to Linux.
"'Before, the large SMP market was untouchable by Linux,'
Coekaerts contended. 'Linux only ran on up to 8-way SMP. Anything
beyond that would be clusters. But we have now validated that Linux
will run well on standard large-scale 32-bit SMP...'"