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Sandia Advances Internet-scale Research with One Million Linux Kernels on its cluster

Article Source insideHPC
July 28, 2009, 6:31 pm

One of our readers (hi, Sharan) send me a pointer to this nifty story out of Sandia. Researchers there have run a million Linux kernels as virtual machines on Thunderbird, an 8,960-processor Dell Linux cluster, all in the name of security

The achievement will allow cyber security researchers to more effectively observe behavior found in malicious botnets, or networks of infected machines that can operate on the scale of a million nodes. Botnets, said Sandia’s Ron Minnich, are often difficult to analyze since they are geographically spread all over the world.

…Running a high volume of VMs on one supercomputer — at a similar scale as a botnet — would allow cyber researchers to watch how botnets work and explore ways to stop them in their tracks. “We can get control at a level we never had before,” said Minnich...

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