[TUHS] UNIX on S/370

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Nov 22 03:23:14 AEST 2017

FWIW:  The one sad thing I look back one and fear was a the greatest
contribution of TNC that was lost was Vprocs - the virtual process layer,
that Roman and I created - originally for the Paragon and HP systems.   We
took a tip from Sun's VFS layer and said what we really need is a layer the
kernel with new interface to allow virtual process technology.  They you
can support a number of different types of interfaces the same way you can
support different file systems.

We spliced had it running is OSF1, HP-UX, Linux (2.4), SVR4, an Apple
kernel and had started putting into an Solaris for one of the super
computer firms (I've forgotten now whom).   I started putting it into a
FreeBSD release at one point, but was over whelmed by other kernel changes
and just could not keep up with he mainline - it been on my 'to do.'      I
think that's why OpenSSI gave up.      Unless Linus really got excited it
was not going be able to stay in on the side.

Which is a shame because once you put the changes in, to support the vproc
layer, then its easier to make changes of course because you have a clean
interface.   As I said, just like VFS cleaned up the file system and i-node
layer and removed a bunch of stuff that had bleed into the places in the
kernel it really did not belong.   The same is true for the process layer
and some of the other UNIX name spaces (semaphores, systemV shared memory,
etc..).   Vproc really cleaned that up.

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 12:06 PM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> *OpenSSI (Single System Image) Clusters for Linux
> <http://openssi.org/cgi-bin/view?page=openssi.html>​ is the URL for the
> project*
> *Note Bruce has retired since he wrote the following, but the *
> *paper describing the work is:   *Open Single System Image (openSSI)
> Linux Cluster Project, Bruce J. Walker, Hewlett-Packard
> <http://www.openssi.org/ssi-intro.pdf>
> Bruce.walker at hp.com
> Abstract
> The openSSI Cluster project is an ongoing open source project which was
> started two years ago to bring together some of the best Linux and Unix
> clustering technologies into a single integrated and yet modular project.
> Linux is rich in cluster technology but is segmented into 6 different
> cluster areas
> - high performance, load-leveling, web-service, storage, database and high
> availability. The openSSI project address all cluster environments by
> simultaneously addressing the three key cluster goals - availability,
> scalability and manageability.
> To accomplish this ambitious goal, the project was started with a Linux
> adaptation of the NonStop Clusters for Unixware code, contributed by
> Compaq/HP. That code included membership, internode communication,
> clusterwide process management, clusterwide devices, a cluster filesystem,
> clusterwide IPC (pipes, fifos, msgqueues, semaphores, etc.) and clusterwide
> tcp/ip networking. Other open source clustering code has been integrated
> into the modular architecture, including openGFS, openDLM, LVS, Lustre and
> a small component of Mosix. The architecture of the project allows for
> subsetting and substitution of components. A full function initial release
> is available in both source and RPM form. Many enhancement opportunities
> still exist both in integrating with other technologies and by improving
> scalability and availability.
> *​*
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