Subject: PID's etc.. (please excuse possible duplications of this)..
To: None <>
From: Andy Sporner <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 04/06/2000 20:30:14

I am working on a clustering initiative that allows
for processes to be 
swapped from one machine to another.  The idea is for
load balancing 
processes in a NUMA like approach.  

What I had thought was to bury the cluster ID in the
high order byte of 
the process ID so that whenever a system call was made
any such byte 
greater than 0 would be proxied to the appropriate

I would accept suggestions on this.   What would break
as a result of 
doing this? What were the historical reasons for




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