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OpenMosix pulls the plug

OpenMosix, an open-source project to let software run on clusters of interconnected Linux computers, will shut down on March 1, 2008.

OpenMosix, an open-source project to run software across a group of computers, will shut down on March 1.

Moshe Bar, who launched and led the project, announced the move Sunday on the OpenMosix project Web site. Bar more recently has been involved in two virtualization projects--first Xen and later KVM--that have the potential to achieve some of what OpenMosix could have enabled, a computing infrastructure that can flexibly adjust to changing work demands by shifting running software from one physical machine to another.

"The increasing power and availability of low cost multi-core processors is rapidly making single-system image (SSI) clustering less of a factor in computing. The direction of computing is clear, and key developers are moving into newer virtualization approaches and other projects," Bar said about the OpenMosix closure.