Red Hat CTO to showcase mammoth Linux p2p network

A number of startup companies will be making their public debut at this week's O'Reilly Peer to Peer Conference in San Francisco, but Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. will be presenting details of a real-world p-to-p (peer-to-peer) application at one of the world's biggest Linux installations.

Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat, this week will present a white paper at the conference on an application being developed by Japanese retailer Lawson. Lawson made headlines in October when it ordered 15,000 IBM servers running Linux for its chain of convenience stores in Japan.

"I am really excited that [Lawson] has built a p-to-p architecture using Linux as the main OS," Tiemann said. "Their short-term plan is, they are going to have something like 200 terabytes of data connected in a p-to-p architecture among all those machines."

The application will leverage distributed machines' processing power to query this distributed data network that will regularly replicate data, he said.

"They have built this p-to-p query architecture and data replication architecture so that the whole thing is fault tolerant," Tiemann said.

Tiemann added that the Lawson installation will be the largest p-to-p business network in the world.

Nobody at Lawson was available to comment.

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