eugen at leitl.org
Tue Apr 16 06:40:49 PDT 2002
Saturday April 13, 2002 - [ 05:00 AM GMT ]
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
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
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
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
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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