February 11, 2004

openMosix Project Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Bruce Knox, openMosix Project writes
"Cupertino (February 10, 2004) - openMosix Project today celebrates its second anniversary. This OpenSource project has become the leading 100% GPL'd Linux clustering platform with thousands of installations.

openMosix Summit 2004 in Brussels, 21-22 February, kicks off the project's third year with a developer planning and review conference which will be held concurrently with FOSDEM. Moshe Bar's State of the Project and presentations by Kris Buytaert and Matthias Rechenburg are planned. Gian Paolo Ghilardi is expected to announce reaching significant milestones for gomd, the general openMosix daemon, and will review this large user community project.

The openMosix Project is much more than just free access to Linux clustering source code. openMosix is a modern OpenSource project which encourages its very active user community to become developers of openMosix related projects and applications. As a result, second year technical achievements have come equally from within the project and from the user community.

Second year community contributions include transparent Checkpointing/Restart, two additional ways to achieve node Auto Discovery, CD Distributions that bring instant clustering to many new users, an experimental DSM system, and complete applications based upon openMosix. The community has also added Russian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese documentation translations, books, or documents to the existing English, Italian, Chinese, and German documents.

openMosix CD Distributions such as ClusterKnoppix, Quantian, Grendel's Bane and Basilisk, dyne:bolic, SENTINIX, and CHAOS bring instant clustering to many new users with just a boot from the CD. These community contributions can be found from the openMosix.org website.

openMosix was the 2003 OSDir.com Editor's Choice Award for Best of Linux. The port of openMosix to the Intel(r) Itanium(tm) IA-64 processor family was completed and interest is high for porting to the 64-bit AMD Opteron(tm) processor. Mailing List Archives have been imported into Gmane, the Mail-to-News Gateway.

openMosix is a Linux kernel extension for single-system image clustering. This kernel extension turns a network of ordinary computers into a supercomputer for Linux applications.

Once you have installed openMosix, the nodes in the cluster start talking to one another and the cluster adapts itself to the workload. Processes originating from any one node, if that node is too busy compared to others, can migrate to any other node. openMosix continuously attempts to optimize the resource allocation.

This is achieved with a kernel patch for Linux, creating a reliable, fast and cost-efficient SSI clustering platform that is linearly scalable and adaptive. With openMosix' Auto Discovery, a new node can be added while the cluster is running and the cluster will automatically begin to use the new resources.

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

Moshe Bar leads openMosix' international development team of volunteers. Projects using openMosix include astrophysics, bioinformatics, medical, and genome research in private, university, and government 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 openMosix.org.

openMosix is a very highly regarded, high performance, low cost, flexible, and scaleable Cluster Computing System for Linux. openMosix integrates independent computers into a cluster, providing the user with what appears to be a single-machine Linux environment.

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All openMosix extensions are under the full GPLv2 license, the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. The project API is published, allowing openMosix to be an excellent platform for new applications.

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."

Link: openmosix.org

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