Suggest that Linux has been a slowpoke in scalability and Peter Honeyman will colorfully advise you to think again. Then he'll offer a choice word to those who are "paid" to dismiss Linux's scaling power. "For 32-bit architectures, Linux is at the head of the pack," said Honeyman, director of the Linux Scalability Project (LSP) at the University of Michigan's Center for Information Technology (CITI) and CITI's scientific director. Honeyman and his CITI colleagues have studied and helped build Linux's scalability, prowess and robustness. Currently, LSP is working on the open-source Linux client and server for NFS version 4, which is in the new Linux 2.6 kernel. "We are now extending that into highly parallel access for massive clusters," he said.
In this interview, Honeyman offers his views on the current state of and the future of Linux scalability. He consulted on some of his responses with colleagues Chuck Lever and Trond Myklebust.
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