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[News] 1 Million 'Copies' of GNU/Linux Simulate Microsoft's Damage on the Internet

  • Subject: [News] 1 Million 'Copies' of GNU/Linux Simulate Microsoft's Damage on the Internet
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:40:19 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.9
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Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets Used by Hackers

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| The Sandia computer, which the researchers have named MegaTux, in a reference 
| to Tux, the penguin character that is the official mascot of the Linux 
| operating system, is an example of a new kind of computational science, in 
| which computers are used to simulate scientific instruments that were once 
| used in physical world laboratories. For example, Microsoft researchers have 
| created a vast visualization database they call the world wide telescope.     
| 
| [...]
| 
| The Dell Thunderbird supercomputer used for the Sandia project has 4,480 
| Intel microprocessors, far fewer than the million operating systems the 
| researchers sought to simulate. But they used “virtual machine” software 
| technology to get each microprocessor to simultaneously run many instances of 
| a Linux-based component called a kernel — a basic component of an operating 
| system that manages communications between software and hardware.     
| 
| Because most botnets are written for the Windows operating system, the 
| researchers are planning to use an open source program called Wine, making it 
| possible to run Windows-based programs without actually having the complete 
| Windows operating system. They said they were not using Windows itself 
| because of the licensing costs of purchasing one million copies of Windows.     
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/science/28comp.html?_r=1

Sandia Computer Scientists Boot One Million Linux Kernels as Virtual Machines 

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| Computer scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, Calif., 
| have for the first time successfully demonstrated the ability to run more 
| than a million Linux kernels as virtual machines.  
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http://www.hpcwire.com/topic/systems/Sandia-Computer-Scientists-Boot-One-Million-Linux-Kernels-as-Virtual-Machines-51891292.html


Related:

Bots rule in cyberspace

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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million 
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses 
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.  
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/03/17/bots-rule-cyberspace
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/2008-03-16-computer-botnets_N.htm
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