Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2008 16:26 UTC, submitted by ericvh
IBM "The Register has unearthed a research paper that shows IBM working on a computing system capable 'of hosting the entire internet as an application'. This mega system relies on a re-tooled version of IBM's Blue Gene supercomputers so loved by the high performance computing crowd. IBM's researchers have proposed tweaking the Blue Gene systems to run today's most popular web applications such as Linux, Apache, MySQL and Ruby on Rails."
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Why not make it easier for the hackers...
by Edward on Thu 7th Feb 2008 17:43 UTC
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2005-09-17

Here is 1 big target, plus what ever happens it sounds like the whole net will go down.

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It could host the entire internet...
by Almafeta on Thu 7th Feb 2008 17:55 UTC
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2007-02-22

...minus what IBM doesn't approve of, of course.

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Ohhh, interesting research!
by woogs on Thu 7th Feb 2008 19:01 UTC
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I'm intrigued by this idea - the IBM researchers seem to have identified a somewhat overlooked series of issues with regards to clusters of commodity systems. Now they have a proposed solution. With crazy ideas like portable data centres, floating data centres cropping up, and proposals of standardized DC power for PCs, it seems like IBM is on the right track by trying to address concerns of power/space use.

From what I understand of their idea, it could best be described as having the Internet run a supercomputer - not the other way around. The 'net, as a whole, is a huge number of interconnected systems passing messages by a wildly varying set of defined protocols. Up until now, supercomputers (in my understanding) use a constrained, high-performance protocol to attack single problems (like nuclear warhead decay, geological surveys, etc). The proposal here seems to explore the ramifications of having many protocols passing data between many processes with different tasks and responsibilities running on a supercomputer.

The article at the reg notes that BlueGene is already a form of hybrid massively-SMP/cluster system (having attributes of both). It looks like the boys at IBM could be en-route to some interesting results!

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Please read the actual paper
by Wes Felter on Thu 7th Feb 2008 19:44 UTC
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2005-11-15

http://weather.ou.edu/~apw/projects/kittyhawk/kittyhawk.pdf

The Reg article exaggerates what Kittyhawk is really about; the actual paper is pretty interesting.

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More thoughts on this topic
by botchagalupe on Thu 7th Feb 2008 19:59 UTC
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2008-02-07

See "5 reaons it might not be “Blue Skies” for IBM"

http://www.johnmwillis.com/other/5-reaons-it-might-not-be-blue-skie...

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The real question
by Quag7 on Sun 10th Feb 2008 13:51 UTC
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2005-07-28

Looking at things within the context of the internet as it is today and how it has developed...

The more relevant question is how can such a system be employed for the more efficient delivery, dissemination, and creation of porn?

Build it and they will..er, come.

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