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Thoughts about Linux marketing #2 : Mandriva and Grid-computing

Cloud-computing is the magic word theses days. But cloud-computing is based on Grid computing. So what Mandriva have to do with Grid computing ?

From wikipedia definition, Grid computing is the application of several computers to a single problem at the same time – usually to a scientific or technical problem that requires a great number of computer processing cycles or access to large amounts of data. Few people know about it, but Mandriva is involved in the Xtreem OS which aims at investigating and proposing new services that should be added to current operating systems to build Grid infrastructure in a simple way. What’s interesting with Xtreeem OS is the fact that even PDA ( or netbbok ) could be used in the grid system. The main objectives of the XtreemOS project are :

  • To build a reference open source Grid operating system based on Linux for PCs, clusters and mobile devices
  • To provide a simple Grid API compliant with POSIX while adding new functionalities and supporting Grid-aware applications
  • To identify fundamental functionalities to be embedded in Linux for secure application execution in Grid environments
  • To develop a set of self-healing OS services for secure resource management in very large dynamic grids
  • To aggregate cluster resources into powerful Grid nodes by integrating single system image mechanisms in Linux
  • To build an XtreemOS flavour for mobile devices enabling ubiquitous access to Grid resources
  • To validate the design and implementation of the XtreemOS Grid operating system with a set of real use cases in scientific and business domains on a large Grid testbed
  • To promote XtreemOS software and create communities of users and developers.

Partners like EADS, EDF, Nec, SAP, Red Flag and Mandriva are working together to build an ubiquitous grid computing system based on Linux. ISO can be download on the Mandriva mirrors, and RPMS for the Xtreem OS are available. Xtreem OS is based on Mandriva 2008.0, but it seems that a new version may be based on the Mandriva 2009.0. Xtreem OS features list is impressive and can be consult at One notable feature is XtreemFS , a distributed object-based filesystem that can be mounted from anywhere in the Internet, POSIX-compliant, with client-side caching support and available for various Linux distributions, MacOS X and Win32. It’s strange to see that when people are talking about cloud or grid-computing, we don’t have people from Mandriva giving their advice, and showing the experiences that they have accumulated … At least Mandriva present the Xtreem OS project at Salon Solutions Linux 2009. A video interview is also available on Vnunet french website


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