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Projects: Linux scalability

The primary goal of this research is to improve the scalability and robustness of the Linux operating system to support greater network server workloads more reliably. We are specifically interested in single-system scalability, performance, and reliability of network server infrastructure products running on Linux, such as LDAP directory servers, IMAP electronic mail servers, and web servers, among others.

Our mission

  • To tackle difficult network server scalability problems that occur on Linux and other UNIX-like operating systems
  • To bring talented undergraduate and graduate programmers and researchers into contact with the Linux kernel, stimulating innovative research about Linux
  • To act as a focal point for researchers and members of industry who have issues about Linux and its use as a high-performance enterprise quality network server
  • To provide development resources for local area programmers and researchers interested in improving Linux
  • To feed unencumbered research and modifications back to the Linux community
  • To create recruitment opportunities for graduate students and industry sponsors

For more information, read our project work scope, the project's annotated bibliography, or a list of our current work.

Interested in becoming a part of the Linux Scalability Project?
If you're a University of Michigan graduate student or undergraduate studying computer science who's looking for interesting work on network performance, Linux O/S internals, or large-scale computing issues, contact us!


Peter Honeyman

Director of CITI.

Chuck Lever

Network Appliance staffer on site at the University of Michigan.

Niels Provos

University of Michigan graduate student interested in networking protocols and security.

Stephen Molloy

University of Michigan graduate student interested in Linux kernel development.

Marius Aamodt Eriksen

University of Michigan undergraduate student interested in Linux networking, performance, and scalability.

Project Sponsors

Status reports

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2000: Jan/Feb Mar/Apr May/Jun Jul/Aug Sep/Oct

Papers and other reports

Other resources

If you have comments or suggestions about the LSP, email linux-scalability @

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