openMosix was a free cluster management system that provides
single-system image(SSI) capabilities, e.g. automatic work distribution among nodes. It allows program processes (not threads) to migrate to machines in the node's network that would be able to run that process faster ( process migration). It is particularly useful for running parallel and intensive input/output(I/O) applications. It was released as a Linux kernelpatch, but was also available on specialized Live CDs.Currently, OpenMosix development has been halted by its developers.
openMosix was originally
forkedfrom MOSIXby Moshe Baron February 10, 2002when MOSIX became proprietary software.
openMosix is considered stable on
Linux kernel2.4.x for the x86 architecture, and porting to Linux 2.6 kernel remains in the alpha stage. Support for the 64-bit AMD64architecture only starts with the 2.6 version.
July 15, 2007, Bar announced that the openMOSIX project will reach its end of life on March 1, 2008, due to the decreasing need for SSI clustering as low-cost multi-core processors increase in availability. [ cite web
url = http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?forum_id=715406
title = openMosix Project End of Life Announcement
last = Bar
first = Moshe
authorlink = Moshe Bar
accessdate = 2007-07-18
publisher = SourceForge.net]
OpenMosix used to be distributed as a
Gentoo Linuxkernel choice, but it was removed from Gentoo Linux's "Portage tree" in February 2007.cite news |first=Chris |last=Gianelloni |coauthors= Mark Kowarsky, Donnie Berkholz, Daniel Black, Diego Pettenò, Kieth Gable |title=Gentoo package moves |date=2007-02-19 |publisher= Gentoo Foundation, Inc. |url= http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/20070219-newsletter.xml#doc_chap6 |work= Gentoo Weekly Newsletter |pages= |accessdate= 2007-10-12 |language= ]
March 1, 2008, openMosix read-only source code is still hosted at SourceForge. [cite web | url = http://openmosix.sourceforge.net/ | title = the openMosix Project | date = 2008-03-01 | accessdate = 2008-03-01] The LinuxPMIproject is continuing development of the former openMosix code.
Live CDs with openMosix include:
clusterKnoppix, (not maintained anymore)
Quantian, a scientific distribution based on clusterKnoppix
*CHAOS (a very small boot CD)
clusterix, based on Morphix, Knoppixand Debian
* [http://openmosix.sourceforge.net/ Official homepage]
* [http://openmosix.sourceforge.net/wiki.html openMosixWiki]
* [http://plumpos.sourceforge.net/ PlumpOS website]
* [http://comosix.sourceforge.net/ coMosix] (project that aims to make openMosix run on
openMosix Cluster sites
* [http://www.cluster.kiev.ua/eng/ Cluster at National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv]
* [http://www.iasi.cnr.it/~hydra/ Hydra]
* [http://126.96.36.199/cpg/hugo.shtml Hugo Cluster]
* [http://www.mbg.duth.gr/~glykos/cluster/index.html MBG Cluster]
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