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Jeremy Chadwick koitsu at
Wed Mar 19 17:22:14 UTC 2008

On Wed, Mar 19, 2008 at 01:01:45PM -0400, Chuck Robey wrote:
> What is most important in my considerations are, how might it to possible
> to stretch our present smp software to be able to extend the management
> domains to cover multiple computers?  Some sort of a bridge here, because
> there is no software today (that I'm awarae of, and that sure leaves a huge
> set of holes) that lets you manage the cores as separate computers) so that
> maybe today I might be able to have an 8 or 10 core system, and maybe
> tomorrow look at the economic and software possibility of having a 256 core
> system.  I figure that there would need to be some tight reins on latency,
> and you would want some BIGTIME comm links, I dunno, maybe not be able to
> use even Gigabit ethernet, maybe needing some sort of scsi bus linkage,
> something on that scale?  Or, is Fiber getting to that range yet?
> Anyhow, is it even remotely posible for us to be able to strech our present
> SMP software (even with it's limitation on word size to limit the range to
> 32 processors) to be able to jump across machines?  That would be one hell
> of a huge thing to consider, now wouldn't it?

Ahh, you're talking about parallel computing, "clustering", or "grid
computing".  The Linux folks often refer to an implementation called

I was also able to find these, more specific to the BSDs:

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