May 8, 2002

HP and openMosix Collaborate for IA-64 Port

Anonymous Reader writes: "The openMosix Project has announced that a sponsor and founding member of the recently founded Gelato Federation, the Hewlett-Packard Company, has invited the openMosix Team to port openMosix to the Intel(r) IA64(tm) Processor Family."

The porting project by the openMosix team will begin immediately with the cooperation and technical support of HP. HP Linux Systems Operations will provide IA-64 computers to be used for the porting project development and testing.

HP, long a major participant in the IA-64 Linux Project, has recently announced significant additional commitments to the Linux Open Source community. Representative of these is the co-founding of the Gelato Federation. openMosix is the type of scalable, Open Source computing solution that Gelato seeks to bring to the IA-64.

openMosix, created and lead by kernel hacker and book author Moshe Bar, is the only Linux-based Single System Image Clustering platform in current production that is Open Source. IA-64 will offer a hardware upgrade path for thousands of current openMosix installations, totalling many dozens of thousands of invididual computing nodes.

The porting project is expected to last over six months, due to the exceptional complexity of the mostly kernel-based openMosix source code. Porting openMosix will create the first native High Performance Computing (HPC) platform for the IA-64.

openMosix is a Linux kernel extension for Single System Image Clustering and is an Open Source Linux-based project under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. Information about openMosix can be found at

Gelato Federation is a worldwide consortium focused on enabling Open Source Linux-based Intel(r) Itanium(tm) Processor Family computing solutions for academic, government and industrial research.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services, and is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

Intel, IA64, and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Mosix may be a trademark of Amnon Barak. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

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