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Using Mosix for Wide-Area Compuational Resources

Open-File Report 2004-1091

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Abstract

One of the problems with using traditional Beowulf-type distributed processing clusters is that they require an investment in dedicated computer resources. These resources are usually needed in addition to pre-existing ones such as desktop computers and file servers. Mosix is a series of modifications to the Linux kernel that creates a virtual computer, featuring automatic load balancing by migrating processes from heavily loaded nodes to less used ones. An extension of the Beowulf concept is to run a Mosixenabled Linux kernel on a large number of computer resources in an organization. This configuration would provide a very large amount of computational resources based on pre-existing equipment. The advantage of this method is that it provides much more processing power than a traditional Beowulf cluster without the added costs of dedicating resources.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Using Mosix for Wide-Area Compuational Resources
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2004-1091
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2004
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
Mid-Continent Mapping Center
Description:
ii, 12 p.