Linux for distributed computing is here

Summary:It's called CHAOS, and it takes unused cycles from any PC on your network, then harnesses them for use by an application which needs them.It's a good example of a point made by several readers here the last few days, that adding new features to Linux simply makes Linux better, not more unwieldy.

It's called CHAOS, and it takes unused cycles from any PC on your network, then harnesses them for use by an application which needs them.

It's a good example of a point made by several readers here the last few days, that adding new features to Linux simply makes Linux better, not more unwieldy. CHAOS uses the openMosix kernel extensions and adds IPsec encryption between linked PCs for security. That's partly because the original application for the creators, Pure Hacking, was to speed up security testing, but CHAOS can be used for any other computing purpose.

What would you use it for? If you had distributed computing available in your business or office, what big jobs would you want to do that you can't do now?

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Topics: Security

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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