Linux Scalability Project

Status report for November and December, 1999

Center for Information Technology Integration
School of Information at the University of Michigan

The primary goal of this research is to improve the scalability and robustness of the Linux operating system to support greater network server workloads more reliably. We are specifically interested in single-system scalability, performance, and reliability of network server infrastructure products running on Linux, such as LDAP directory servers, IMAP electronic mail servers, and web servers, among others.


We're working with vendors such as Sun and IBM on their Linux scalability issues. We've provided several significant modifications to the Linux kernel. We've submitted papers for the Usenix Technical Conference to occur in the summer of 2000. We're continuing to reach out to potential sponsors. Work continues on long-term projects.



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Copyright 1999