ISVs developing 64-bit Linux applications can expect further assistance from IBM Corp [IBM] in 2004, as its attention turns to building mission-critical open source software.
IBM will work through its Speed-start program and global technology centers to explain improvements in the forthcoming Linux 2.6 kernel and help developers build and distribute 64-bit systems.
As such, IBM plans to next year offer more software development tools for its P series Unix servers along with I series mid-range severs, and education and business support services.
Speed-start is a broad program that includes software application development tools, product code, training, business development and marketing information. The program has focused mostly on 32-bit for Linux.
Changes in the 2.6 kernel will enable developers to build more computing-intense applications, for use in areas like business intelligence, science and technology.
Changes affecting symmetrical multi processing, especially, mean the kernel will run more effectively on eight-way servers, up from four-way severs. Other improvements affect debug and trace and internationalization.
Improvements will also be back-ported to versions 2.5 and 2.4 of the kernel, meaning the new kernel’s influence will be felt by developers even if they don’t move to 2.6.
This article was based on material originally published by ComputerWire.