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Unvirtualize Linux

Posted 10-13-2020 at 12:46 PM by Skaperen

i am imagining unvirtualizing Linux. this idea is more about reverse virtualization. i thought about this years ago and maybe someone is even doing it now.

remember the phrase "The network is the computer." this was from Sun Microsystems and scientist John Gage. it came across to describe how we work with all this computer technology with an ever growing number of computers. today there are an ever growing number of clouds.

my thought is about undoing that, in software. the idea is that what we, and the software we create, or that software creates, perceives the system around it, the syscalls, the memory, the files, the programs, the useris, the processes, and even the interfaces, as one big system, more literally, than just a bunch of networked systems. imagine running a process that was loaded from a script located in Boston, running by an interpreter in Atlanta, on a CPU in Dallas, reading data in Chicago, and watched by a human in San Diego.

the idea is system software that has as its foundation a networked group of Linux computers, that may even include virtualized ones, presenting itself as a larger system, differing from Linux in means to provide logical access to it expanded environment. these many computers may even be a mix of different architectures. the network of Linux makes up the architecture this new unvrtualized system runs on.

your home LAN might have 12 computers running on it. you login to this big system as a graphical user on one unit of hardware. but everything runs on a variety of different computers. it all still behaves like it is one. one program running on box 6 is heavily accessing data on box 8. it doesn't need to know. but it can be optimized to move to running on box 8 where it can access the bulk of data faster. later, when it becomes computationally busy, it is moved to run on boxes 3 and 4 in parallel, because more CPU power is there.

maybe this is the way a cloud can be one giant supercomputer for many.
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    So, you're talking about a bunch of Beowulf clusters inter-connected via VPN?
    Posted 11-02-2020 at 10:19 PM by rkelsen rkelsen is offline
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    that is the concept. see, someone else already thought of it. now i need to dig into it to see how much alike or different mine would be if i implemented this (no point in doing it, now). on a LAN, no point in having a VPN. but some kind of very secure high performance tunnel would be needed to extend this over unsafe networks. my goal would be to hide the fact that it is a cluster to trivial command usage, shell scripts, and programs. maybe you'd see the "number of cores" grow over time from 320 to 360 as it scales up in the cloud.
    Posted 03-10-2021 at 08:54 PM by Skaperen Skaperen is offline


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