HP Linux code donation 'could boost supercomputing Grid'

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has given its Tru64 UNIX Advanced File System (AdvFS) source code to the open source community. AdvFS source code includes capabilities that control uptime, security, and performance of Linux file systems.

HP will contribute the code as a reference implementation of an enterprise Linux file system under the terms of General Public License Version 2 for compatibility with the Linux kernel, as well as provide design documentation, test suites, and engineering resources. Developed by HP, AdvFS has been deployed by enterprises for more than 16 years.

HP’s contribution of the Advanced File System code, coupled with its overall resource commitment to Linux, will accelerate the development and commercial availability of improved system functionality for Linux, believes Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation: “The technology and engineering resources being made available for next-generation file system projects prove that HP is an Open Source community leader.”

Linux is playing “a significant role in our building of a supercomputing grid environment running HP Integrity servers, Professor Giovanni Aloisio, chief executive officer of the Italian Southern Partnership for Advance Computational Infrastructures (SPACI) in southern Italy. “We have used many technologies over the years, including Tru64 UNIX with the Advanced File System, and this announcement assures SPACI of continued Linux growth to conduct significant new research.”

Further information: http://advfs.sourceforge.net, www.hp.com/go/linux.

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