Red Hat has launched a real-time version of Linux, aimed at applications needing predictable responses.
Red Hat Enterprise MRG (Messaging, Realtime, Grid) includes features such as high-speed inter-application messaging based on the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol (AMQP).
MRG also allows users to "steal" unused desktop CPU cycles, to manage distributed workloads, to schedule tasks across both local and remote grids. The distributed computing capabilities emanate from Red Hat's collaboration with the University of Wisconsin and its high-throughput computing project, Condor. The code for this portion of the system is open source under an OSI-approved licence.
While MRG can be run on Java, Solaris and .Net platforms, the company says that best performance will be obtained when running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).