Linux Labs Releases Clustered PostgreSQL Database for Enterprise Computing; New Technology Fills Scalability and Performance Void

Jan 29, 2004, 00:00 ET from Linux Labs

    ATLANTA, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Linux Labs, the world leader in
 third-generation Linux-based supercomputers, announced at the LinuxWorld trade
 show a key stepping stone towards large-scale deployment of the Linux(TM)
 Operating System.  Called Clusgres(TM), this product has the ability to make
 standalone applications run in parallel across a group of computers and act as
 one, including the Open Source database system PostgreSQL.
     To date there has been no capability to either increase speed of free
 database servers for Linux or to allow them to scale past the limitations of a
 single server.  Despite advances in clustered supercomputing, there has been
 no capability for a server program running on a single machine, let alone the
 PostgreSQL database, to transparently operate across linked computers and to
 operate as if a single large program.  Now, Clusgres(TM), an implementation of
 Linux Labs' parallelization libraries called libOPUS(TM) or Open Parallel
 Unified System, permit any standalone server program to operate in parallel on
 a group of computers with no modification to the original program whatsoever.
 These libraries work closely with the SCI interconnect technology, an
 innovative switching circuit or "backplane" from Dolphin Interconnect
 Solutions.  Dolphin's products provide a high-performance interconnect for
 multiprocessing.  Special features that enable libOPUS(TM) performance are the
 low latency and efficient handling of small data communication.
     The Clusgres(TM) technology which creates cluster capability of
 PostgreSQL, an SQL-94 compliant database system, permits large amounts of
 queries to be sent to a database cluster and, instead of being processed in
 serial by one server (as if in one long line), they are distributed in
 parallel to every "compute node" and answered simultaneously.  Using
 libOPUS(TM), one additional single-processor node to a cluster creates near
 double performance to a standalone database server.  The Linux Labs system was
 programmed by their chief programmer, Suchindra Katageri, and runs in the
 low-level C language.  Clusgres(TM) will be offered for both corporate and
 educational applications, and Linux Labs will be offering the system as a
 hardware/software combination, a co-located database service, and as
 ready-to-use cluster computers.  These clusters are joined together using
 Linux Labs' Nimbus(TM) cluster operating system which makes all "nodes" in a
 group of computers appear as one large computer and permits "checkpointing,"
 where tasks can be stopped and restarted at will.
     "Rarely has a set of reference libraries been able to benefit so many
 applications without them being completely reprogrammed.  We are hoping that
 the emerging Linux industry can benefit by these tools for enterprise-level
 scaling of the upstart operating system," said Steven James, Director of
 Research for Linux Labs.
     Further information about Linux Labs can be found at .  The Clusgres(TM) home page is at , and the Nimbus(TM) home page is at .  Further information about the Dolphin
 Interconnect Solution products can be found at .
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