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Groups combine to develop open source service availability specs

Posted: 09 Nov 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) and the Service Availability Forum are collaborating on the development OpenAIS, an open source interface specification that supports carrier grade Linux for communications applications.

The project, initiated by Monta Vista Software, will specify the Application Interface Specification between Service Availability middleware and carrier grade network applications and services.

The final implementation will serve as a reference for the interface specification in carrier grade Linux and the groups and companies involved anticipate this will accelerate the take up of the Forum's AIS specification.

OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition, version 2.0, calls for support of the SA Forum's Application Interface Specification.

OpenAIS aims to deliver production software for maximum (99.9999) uptime in the face of network and system failures. The SA Forum's AIS defines six interfaces for maintaining service during network failure.

Four of these, dealing with availability management, cluster membership service, checkpoint service and event service, have already been developed, and two more are now being implemented, for message services and the lock Service API.

Timo Jokiaho, Director of Technology for Nokia, a member of the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group steering committee and former president of the SA Forum commented: "By identifying carrier-grade requirements and focusing resources on the key projects to meet these requirements, the OSDL working group can help accelerate adoption of Linux in the telecommunications sector."

OSDL home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux is charged with accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. It was founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, and is supported by more than 40 of the world's largest Linux users and IT and communications industry leaders.

- John Walko

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