Re: 3.0 wishlist Was: Overview of 2.2.x goals?

Kamran (
Wed, 21 Jan 1998 10:00:53 -0600 (CST)


>Actually the Cray Origin 2000 systems do something like this. The pages
>can migrate between nodes and the OS tries to automatically arrange the
>physical location of the pages so that memory access to remote nodes is
>minimized. I'm not sure how well this actually works in practice though.

I didn't know this, but I seem to be right in the assumption that one can
not easily find distributed shared memory in more-available systems.

>It could be helpful to people who want to run numeric codes that were
>developed for the T3D/E, Origin 2000, etc. It probably wouldn't be that
>difficult to build something like the Cray distributed shmem library on
>top of DIPC.

Scientific programming is among the ideal domains for DIPC. Linux is more
available than some of the systems you mentioned above, so I guess porting
such libraries will be a great help to many people.

This is not just about performance: People can develop and test their
applications on cheap multi-computers, built using Linux, and then run it
on more speedy hardware, if they ever need to.

Such things will also result in more programs being developed, as more
people will have the needed equipment to do so.