Red Hat scales up Enterprise Linux hardware

Red Hat Inc. has increased the number of processors its Linux distribution can run on and has boosted the open-source operating system's performance with databases and other large applications.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 includes the Native Posix Threading Library to speed up large multithreaded applications, said Michael Ferris, a program manager for the Raleigh, N.C., company.

The new OS comes in three editions: WS for desktops and workstations, ES for midrange servers and AS for large servers. The WS and ES editions are designed for one- or two-way systems, while AS scales up to 16 processors, 64G of memory and 256 SCSI devices.

The Linux distribution runs on seven processor architectures from Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., and IBM Corp. Red Hat will certify more than 350 third-party applications for Enterprise Linux 3 over the next few months, Ferris said.

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