Docker is headed for the big time

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2014 - 12:33 PM |
Tagged: google, virtualization, linux, container, Linux Containerization, docker, Red Hat, ubuntu

Docker has put the libcontainer execution engine of their Linux Containerization onto Github, making it much easier to adopt their alternative virtualization technology and modify it for specific usage scenarios.  So far Google, Red Hat and Parallels have started adding their own improvements to the Go based libcontainer; adding to the Ubuntu dev team already at work. This collaboration should help containerization become a viable alternative to virtual machines and hopefully be included as a feature in future Linux distros.  Read more over at The Register.

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"Docker has spun off a key open source component of its Linux Containerization tech, making it possible for Google, Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Parallels to collaborate on its development and make Linux Containerization the successor to traditional hypervisor-based virtualization."

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June 11, 2014 | 04:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So I can dock whatever OS I need at the moment in its own container, and replicate the containers, and have more than one different OS, or multiples of the same OS going at once. Can I store applications/application code/data objects as containers, and send them across the network to have them run across multiples of CPUs and GPU accelerators, and return the results to the parent application container that spawned the applications/object containers across the distributed container computing/OS containerized network. I guess they'll have Russian doll style nested containers and some towers of Hanoi recursion containers all swapped, or stacks of containers pushed and popped as the workloads increase and decrease. So masses of containers will be loaded onto vessels (the new name for data centers), and everyone's life will get its own container and OS/s to be virtually probed for every little bit of metrics the container contains.

I'll take my container and keep it on my vessel in my pond, but I do expect my container system to be at least capable of asymmetrically load sharing all the processing tasks among all the computing devices that are wired/wirelessly connected in my home private network, and that includes tablets/phones/IOT devices, It's time for home asymmetrical distributed computing OSs for the home user, if the tablet OS needs some extra processing help, it should be automatic, the tablet getting a little extra help from the home server, without the user noticing or having to do any thing, be the workload a spread sheet, or a 1080p+ game on ultra settings!

June 11, 2014 | 09:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yea, and soon malware on mobile platforms will be able to leverage the power of home servers/ workstations to do their dirt.

Sounds cool though; especially the gaming part. I can hardly wait to have such a seamless, transparent computing environment but I wonder how many people will actually 'need' it. It seems everyone is already sold on/ captured by the corporate cloud, which is still in its infancy and will evolve in similar ways ^.

June 12, 2014 | 09:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

As long as the home server is properly isolated from the internet, and kept to its own net(intranet), things should not get too out of control, the main goal here is to get a real asymmetrical multiprocessing environment going between the household server an the tablet devices around the house, and gigabit WiFi and those new wireless routers with beam forming should be enough. The real problem is the proprietary OS makers are not focused on a real asymmetrical multiprocessing OS for the home user yet, Apple is hinting at some possibility, and that demonstration of the handoff of a task between tablet and PC/laptop, wirelessly, of a application on the fly is a beginning, but the ability to make a thin tablet a thin client/asymmetrical peer to the more powerful server in the closet is the way to go.

This relationship could also taken mobile with a Mac Mini paired to a tablet/s and providing the extra processing when needed, allowing the user to kick back anywhere with the tablet as the "head" and the Mac Mini as the headless server, a Mac Mini with a Mini Desktop CPU that could be throttled back to behave like a laptop CPU when it is running on battery power, and throttled up when plugged in. The mini is small enough the be taken along when traveling, and there are plenty of plugs in coffee houses, a Mac Mini with such abilities could serve more than one tablet for a family traveling, docked in the minivan on the road, and taken along to the hotel room, or wherever it was needed to serve to the paired tablet/s its processing assistance. business users would love this configuration, able to collaborate on a long haul flights with each other, and in the conference center, and hotel rooms, with the heavy hitting done on the mobile Mac Mini/other equivalent device from other manufactures, an no problem just bungee/clamp the Mac Mini/other device to the fold out tray, or just stow in in a properly ventilated bag under the seat.

June 12, 2014 | 05:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Sounds like this is relevant to about .01% of the viewership. Who gives a fuck?

June 12, 2014 | 08:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Time for you to get to boot camp, or that job as a farm hand cleaning the poop out of the barn. Go on get out there and walk point, and remember there are folks heavily invested in amalgamated body bags, so do not disappoint, and it would probably keep the crime rate down where you live.

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