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SUSE RT Linux sets new record

Novell announced the availability of SUSE(R) Linux Enterprise Real Time, enabling customers to realize the benefits of Linux for real-time applications.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time from Novell(R) adds real-time technology from Concurrent Computer Corporation to the flexible and scalable SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform. As a result, customers see lower costs with predictable performance in time-critical environments.

The Linux distribution offers support for 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures (including AMD Opteron and Intel Xeon), predictable interrupt response time of less than 30 microseconds, high-resolution timer support for enhanced scheduling, user-level control of simultaneous multithreading, and processor shielding.

The proven real-time technology eliminates spikes in latency, ensuring consistent performance and stability. The solution is already being used in trading floor and market data servers in financial services, advanced imaging in patient healthcare, and enterprise data centers with time-critical requirements.

It has alerady set several new performance benchmarks. In tests with Wombat Financial Software, customers were able to achieve aggregate simultaneous publishing rates of 200,000 messages per second from the feed handler, which is roughly twice the rates generated by any other data feed product in the market today.

Also, in tests performed at the Ingres Performance Center, the average response time of SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time was one- third that of a competing standard Linux distribution.

This test simulated 16 threads of complicated queries hitting the Ingres database. With the CPU shielding in SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time, no other system activity can interrupt the database thread, so the queries finish more quickly than in an unshielded environment.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.