Bigger, Better Linux
Linux 2.6 to handle more memory, threads and storage options.Users of Linux databases are drooling over the list of features promised by the forthcoming upgrade to the Linux kernel, Version 2.6. The Linux 2.6 production kernel, expected to be released later this year, will enable Linux to handle big, enterprise-class database applications. New features integrated into the main kernel will spare users the need to adopt them as back-ported capabilities in the 2.4 production kernel. Such abilities include support for much larger amounts of memory, support for a larger number of threads, improved networking performance, increased storage and types of storage, and better volume management.
Tim Kuchlein, director of IS at Clarity Payment Solutions Inc., a developer of prepaid electronic payment systems, said the ability for the kernel to support extra memory will enable his company to work its database like Googlerunning on all memory, all the time.