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Linux.com: What SGI Brings to Linux

Aug 26, 1999, 20:41 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"XFS is a journaling filesystem that SGI is in the process of both porting to Linux and releasing to the Open Source community. Basically, a journaling filesystem like XFS dramatically reduces the recovery time after a system crash. Furthermore, XFS is a 64-bit filesystem that by nature allows for very large filesystems and files."

"The commitment, which SGI is making to Linux, means that the success of Linux is crucial to the success of SGI. This means that SGI should be allocating substantial resources to supporting and improving Linux. The support which SGI will be offering for their Linux-based systems should serve to help find and resolve that many more issues with Linux. Furthermore, SGI brings considerable development talent to the table from having developed its own commercial Unix variant, Irix, for several years. This should also help accelerate current kernel development efforts by SGI contributing in this area.

Another development area where SGI should be able to lend considerable expertise is multiprocessor support in the Linux kernel. SGI currently owns Cray Systems, makers of the most powerful super-computers on the planet. These Cray systems can have up to 192 processors, Gigs and Gigs of RAM, Terabytes of storage capacity, etc. SGI is in the process of spinning Cray Systems off into a separate company that they will not maintain a stake in, however, SGI has years of experience with these extremely high-end servers. This experience with Cray systems should allow them to make very significant contributions to enhancing multiprocessor capabilities in the Linux kernel."

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