Database users who rely on Linux operating systems are drooling over the list of features promised by the soon-to-be-released 2.6 kernel.
As reported by eWEEK last week, the Linux production 2.6 kernel, expected to be released later this month, will move the operating system into a position of handling big, enterprise-class database applications by putting powerful new features and abilities into the main kernel and sparing users the need to adopt them as back-ported capabilities in the 2.4 production kernel. Such abilities include the ability to support much larger amounts of memory, the ability to support a larger number of threads, improved networking performance, increased storage and types of storage, and better volume management.
Tim Kuchlein, director of information systems 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 Google: running on all memory, all the time.
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