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MOSIX--Software for Supporting Scalable Cluster Computing
Message of the Day from BigAdmin
February 25, 2002,
Volume 48, Issue 4

A recent Message of the Day from the BigAdminSM Web site offered a link to MOSIX, a resource for scalable cluster computing on Linux. MOSIX is a software for supporting scalable cluster computing. There are two versions: a kernel patch (K-MOSIX) that can be applied to a specific Linux kernel, and a user-level package (U-MOSIX) that can be used with different UNIXR platforms. Both versions are based on the same principles and are geared to achieve even work distribution and load balancing. K-MOSIX provides load-balancing by transparent process migration.

U-MOSIX provides even load distribution using several of the algorithms of K-MOSIX. U-MOSIX is better tuned for cluster and Grid computing, including the ability to handle large number of short processes, run in heterogeneous clusters, with different versions of UNIX such as FreeBSD, Linux and SolarisTM Operating Environment (Solaris OE).

Each version of MOSIX could be used in different cluster types, including clusters with different CPU or LAN speeds. It would also be possible to combine both versions in the same cluster.

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