Turbolinux Updates Supercomputer Clustering Option

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Aug 23, 2001


Turbolinux Thursday unveiled version 7 of its EnFuzion offering.

EnFuzion is a clustering technology designed to transform an enterprise's network of Linux, Unix, and Windows servers or workstations into a supercomputer. EnFuzion integrates transparently into an organization's operating environment without requiring any dedicated servers or workstations.

Turbolinux Thursday unveiled version 7 of its EnFuzion offering.

The concept behind EnFuzion is sometimes described as grid computing or extreme clustering. EnFuzion links computers within an enterprise's network and emulates a supercomputer by drawing on the idle processing power of multiple desktop computers and servers connected to the company network. Enterprises can thus take advantage of the aggregate computing power without compromising network security.

Using this technology, EnFuzion's dynamic prioritization capabilities can automatically match workload to existing computing resources. EnFuzion splits user jobs into separate, discrete components for parallel execution. This enables multiple resources to simultaneously process the information in significantly less time and using maximized resources. Furthermore, no special coding is required, so any application can be inserted into the EnFuzion network for parallel processing.

"Businesses today face incredibly complex problems and need highly flexible computing solutions to help maintain their competitive edge," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "By creating pools of flexible processing power that can be accessed any time, anywhere, EnFuzion allows companies to free up supercomputing horsepower that already resides in their systems and leverage it for business results."

EnFuzion 7.0 offers a host of beefed-up security options. SSL-based host authentication allows only authorized hosts to take advantage of the software's capabilities. EnFuzion also supports the SSH protocol, user password encryption, and user-specified trusted hosts and executables.

Other features in EnFuzion 7.0 include:

  • Support for clusters with up to 1,000 nodes
  • Seamless integration with workstations and servers already deployed to take advantage of spare CPU cycles
  • Integration with existing applications without the need for modifications
  • Automatic failed job rescheduling for node fault tolerance
  • Automatic load balancing and resource sharing

EnFuzion is priced on a per-node basis, with total prices based on the size of the network. Specific pricing information can be obtained from a Turbolinux sales rep.

A 30-day evaluation copy of EnFuzion is available for download at http://www.turbolinux.com/downloads/enf/.


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