Open-source specialist Red Hat has launched a "real-time" addition to its Linux operating system, which it claims will make some features run 100 times faster than rival technologies.
Red Hat's Messaging Real-time Grid (MRG) was launched as a beta on Tuesday with a full release in the first half of 2008. MRG is an addition to the open-source specialist's Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, and is designed for businesses such as banks that need to carry out transactions on their IT systems as instantaneously as possible, or "real-time".
MRG gives Red Hat's core operating system real-time functionality, said Scott Crenshaw, vice president of Red Hat's infrastructure business unit at a pre-launch event on Monday. With a real-time operating system, IT managers would have guaranteed response times, and no longer have to overprovision to meet required service levels, he explained. "Our prediction is that real-time will become a normal part of the infrastructure."