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Scalable, Open, Fully Transparent and Inexpensive Clustering for Education


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Mission Statement: The SOFTICE project (Scalable, Open source, Fully Transparent and Inexpensive Clustering for Education) aims at leveraging Linux virtualization (e.g. User Mode Linux) and clustering technologies to support innovative pedagogies for undergraduate laboratories in courses such as Operating Systems and Networking.
Beyond making available course material in these courses, we also provide documentation and software to help educational institutions hosts their students' virtual machines on an inexpensive, scalable and non-intrusive infrastructure. Several solutions to manage, with minimal efforts, virtual machines dynamically spread over a load-balancing cluster are proposed. Each of them operates transparently relatively to the hosting network without need to change anything on the current classroom PCs since access will be possible from Linux, Unix or Windows workstations alike.
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Disclaimer This material is based in part upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under award number 0410696. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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