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
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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