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SubjectRe: latest linus-2.5 BK broken
Cort Dougan <> writes:

> "Beating the SMP horse to death" does make sense for 2 processor SMP
> machines. When 64 processor machines become commodity (Linux is a
> commodity hardware OS) something will have to be done. When research
> groups put Linux on 1k processors - it's an experiment. I don't think they
> have much right to complain that Linux doesn't scale up to that level -
> it's not designed to.
> That being said, large clusters are an interesting research area but it is
> _not_ a failing of Linux that it doesn't scale to them.

Linux in a classic beowulf configuration scales just fine. To be clear
I am talking a batch scheduling system, where the jobs which run for
hours at a time and on many nodes, possibly the entire cluster at a
time. Are scheduled on some number of commodity systems, with a good
network interconnect.

The concern now is not does it work, or does it work well. But can
it be made more convenient to use.


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