The AS/400 Cluster Engine: A Case Study

Gera Goft, Esti Yeger Lotem

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Abstract

In this paper we share our experience in harnessing group communications for the AS/400 cluster infrastructure. The main fonts of the AS/400 cluster is providing high availability and disaster recovery of defined cluster resources. The cluster supports up to 128 nodes, connected via any IP network. Cluster nodes and resources can be dynamically added or removed. Administrative actions or failures trigger automatic cluster reconfigurations: CLUE (Cluster Engine) is the group communication middleware implemented in the OS/400 kernel. It exploits the strong virtual synchrony model. CLUE is unique in the following aspects: It is the first virtually synchronous group communication system incorporated into a cluster solution, and customized to meet cluster needs. It is the only group communication system (GCS) integrated into a commercial operating system kernel. CLUE's special features (e.g., Flexible Group Member) can be relevant to other group communication systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICPP Workshops
Pages44-49
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

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