July 16, 2004

openMosix and coLinux Working Together

Bruce Knox, openMosix Project writes
"Cupertino (July 13, 2004) -

openMosix and coLinux have been made to work together by developers of the openMosix and coLinux OpenSource projects. openMosix is the leading Linux clustering platform. coLinux is a new, exciting technology to allow Linux to run natively (without the cost of emulation) under Windows 2000/XP.

Screenshot by Wim Vandersmissen: colinux_chaos.png
shows openMosix (CHAOS) running in a coLinux window on a Windows XP PC connecting to CHAOS running on VMware on a Linux PC.

Combining the two technologies allows users to create on the fly clusters on Windows 2000/XP desktops and servers, extending the concept of clustering to Windows-centric shops. There are existing openMosix based distributions that allow booting networks of Windows computers temporarily into a working openMosix cluster.

ClusterKnoppix and CHAOS

Wim Vandersmissen first tested openMosix + coLinux using CHAOS, the security oriented openMosix mini-distribution by Ian Latter. Wim and Ian have been working to make CHAOS and ClusterKnoppix interoperate automatically. They work together well, but not yet automatically. Wim used the tiny CHAOS to test with coLinux to save development time.

Wimâs popular ClusterKnoppix combines KNOPPIX and openMosix into a rather large distribution. Ianâs product is a very small openMosix distribution, which makes testing new versions much quicker.

How to set up coLinux with an openMosix kernel.

Andreas Schäfer and Christian Kauhaus have created a HowTo plus screenshots and test results based upon their early work with openMosix and coLinux.

This will enable you to integrate a coLinux virtual machine into an experimental openMosix cluster based upon the 2.4.26 Linux kernel + openMosix + coLinux 0.6.1.


openMosix is a Linux kernel extension for single-system image (SSI) clustering that allows building a cluster from ordinary networked computers. Applications benefit without modification specifically for openMosix."

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