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[News] Linux Supports 512-Processor Machines

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Why virtualisation is struggling to keep up 

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| Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform has a hard limit of 64 processors 
| for x86 systems, up to 512 processors with the largesmp package installed. 
| Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 has a hard limit of 64 processors 
| for x86 systems generally, up to 128 with the bigsmp package installed, and 
| up to 4,096 processors only on specific Silicon Graphics servers.    



Sun's Niagara gets Linux (again)

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| Server maker Sun Microsystems has a new Linux partner for its "Niagara" 
| family of multicore processors and their related servers: Wind River Systems. 


Nokia Multi-Core Linux MID

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| Nokia might be one company that comes out with pretty dizzy phones, but that
| doesn't mean they are willing to rest on their laurels. Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka
| Kallasvuo already plans to jump aboard the laptop bandwagon, and could be
| working on a multi-core Linux MID where we're looking at a 2011 release date.



CG Linux supports multicore MIPS64

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| Montavista says its Linux distribution for Carrier Grade infrastructure
| systems now supports five MIPS64-based multicore system-on-chip processors
| from Cavium. Specifically, MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition 5.0 (CGE)
| now supports Cavium's CN5800, CN5600, CN5200, CN5000, and CN3800 processor
| families, the commercial Linux OS and tools provider said.


Multi-core SBC boasts EPIC proportions

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| Ampro Computers announced two EPIC-format single-board computers (SBC) that
| ship with the company's Ubuntu-flavored Linux distro. The Intel Core
| Duo-based ReadyBoard 830 will ship in August, while the ruggedized ReadyBoard
| 820 is shipping now, says Ampro.


Linux CGL distro ported to multicore MIPS64 chips

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| Wind River has ported its newest Carrier Grade Linux distribution to 
| multicore MIPS64-based processors from Raza Microelectronics, Inc. (RMI). 
| Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition (PNE-LE) 2.0 for RMI's XLR chip 
| line brings features like dual IPv4/IPv6 support and modern crytography to 
| enterprise and telecom customers alike, Wind River said.    


Multi-core CPUs drive change

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| "Parallelism and the ability to write threaded code is one of the most 
| important areas in computer science today. The other key trend change is open 
| source which has changed the way a developer views tools, community and open 
| modules they use to create software. Open source unlocks creativity and 
| allows for rapid development using simplified scripting languages and re-use 
| of open source code. The trend is to rapidly develop, test your ideas with 
| the community and move forward.      


Multi-core PowerPC chips target telecom apps

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| Freescale has announced a new family of multi-core, 
| PowerPC-based communications processors built on 45nm 
| process technology. 


Multi-Core Processors Challenging Traditional Software Pricing Models

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| However, Microsoft Corp. hasn't hopped on this train yet; it plans
| to continue to charge per processor for software
| [...]
| Another strategy for CIOs, suggested Giera, would be to consider
| using open-source software as an alternative to commercial software
| during the transition period.


Wind River Linux platform adds multicore support

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| Based on Linux kernel 2.6.27 and GCC 4.3, Wind River Linux 3.0 comes with
| packages for multimedia, graphics and HMI (human-machine interface)
| technologies, such as X.org, GTK+, GNOME or GStreamer.


Linux-friendly hypervisor targets multicore ARM

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| The diagram below illustrates a use case where Linux runs in SMP mode atop a 
| virtualized multicore system on which unneeded cores can be powered down to 
| conserve energy.  


Intel open sources multicore development tool

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| Intel on Tuesday is scheduled to release the source code to a development 
| tool for writing applications to run on multicore chips. 
| The company released Threading Building Blocks last August, a C++ template 
| designed to simplify the job of writing applications that take advantage of 
| processors with multiple cores, or processing units.   
| [...]
| To address these concerns, Intel has decided to release the tool under the 
| General Public License version 2 with runtime exception. 


Where's The Software To Catch Up To Multicore Computing? 

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| A look at the Top500 Supercomputer Sites List (www.top500.org) shows
| that a large portion of the technical computing workload has moved
| to commodity Linux clusters: commodity servers, commodity
| networks and commodity storage

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