April 13, 2002

A Fast Start for openMosix

Bruce Knox writes "Tel Aviv (April 11, 2002) - Dr. Moshe Bar recently announced the creation of openMosix, a new OpenSource project. The project has quickly attracted a team of volunteer developers from around the globe and is off to a very fast start. openMosix, is an extension of the Linux kernel.
For thousands of users, MOSIX has been a reliable, fast
and cost-efficient clustering platform with users in life sciences, finance,
industry, high-tech, research and government environments. The goal of
openMosix is to give to these users continued support and an up-to-date fully
GPLv2 OpenSource platform.

Moshe Bar

openMosix began as the last verifiable GPL version of MOSIX. All openMosix extensions are under the full
GPLv2 license, the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. The openMosix Copyright is held by Moshe
Bar.

openMosix is a Linux kernel extension for single-system image clustering.
openMosix is perfectly scalable and adaptive.
Once you have installed openMosix, the nodes in the cluster start
talking to one another and the cluster adapts itself to the workload.

There is no need to program applications specifically for openMosix. Since all openMosix extensions are inside
the kernel, every application automatically and transparently benefits from the
distributed computing concept of openMosix.
The cluster behaves much as does a SMP, but this solution scales to well
over a thousand nodes which can themselves be SMPs.

OpenSource is more than just free access to
software source code. The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When programmers can read, redistribute, and modify the source
code for a piece of software, the software evolves. People improve it, people
adapt it, people fix bugs. And this can happen at a speed that, if one is used
to the slow pace of conventional software development, seems astonishing. 

the Open Source
Initiative

Moshe Bar is an Operating Systems researcher, writer of Byte Magazine
column Serving With Linux, author of numerous Linux books, and frequent
contributor to the Linux tree. Moshe
lectures for universities, corporations, and international organizations. He holds a Bachelor degree in mathematics,
a M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer science.
Moshe runs moshebar.com with a mailing list of over 20,000 members, is
Chief Technical Officer of Qlusters, Inc.,
and is the Project Manager for openMosix.
Moshe was born in Israel, grew up in a kibbutz, and now lives in Tel
Aviv.

The development team of volunteers is truly international. The early team members reside in Chile,
Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, Israel, France and the United
States. Plus, other mailing list
queries have come from Canada, Pakistan, Oman, Estonia, Finland, India, South
Africa, Switzerland, Tonga, and Shanghai China. Projects using openMosix already include astrophysics, medical
research, and university laboratories.

The openMosix project is hosted on SourceForge.net which provides
collaborative development web tools for the project. Downloads, documentation, and additional information are
available from www.openmosix.org.

MOSIX is a very highly regarded, high performance, low cost,
flexible, and scaleable Cluster Computing System for Linux. MOSIX was a GPL OpenSource project until
late 2001. MOSIX, operational since
1983, integrates independent computers into a cluster, providing the user with
what appears to be a single-machine Linux environment. Both the MOSIX Copyright and the MOSIX
Trademark are owned by Professor Amnon Barak.
Amnon Barak is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the
Distributed Computing Laboratory in the Institute of Computer Science at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem on sabbatical leave for one year.

openMosix is Copyright © 2002 by Moshe Bar.

Linux is Copyright © 2002 by Linus Torvalds.
Mosix is Copyright © 2002 by Amnon Barak.
openMosix is licensed under the GNU General Public
License (GPL) Version 2, June 1991
as published by  the Free Software Foundation.
All logos and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Copyright © 2002 by Moshe Bar"

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