Sun Microsystems has boosted networking and performance in the latest version of OpenSolaris, by including Project Crossbow from the Solaris operating system.
The changes to network and storage performance make the operating system much faster than Linux, according to Sun.
Project Crossbow is Sun's network architecture for virtualisation. The company claims that Crossbow can be used to network multicore, multi-threaded processors together using an extremely fast network interface.
With Project Crossbow, OpenSolaris 2009.06 gets a virtual network interface, which Sun says can be used to simplify administration of complex deployments of multi-tiered applications on a single machine or an entire datacentre
OpenSolaris 2009.06 also includes a revamped version of Sun's ZFS file system, which now supports flash storage devices. Sun said flash-based storage support in ZFS can be used to accelerate read and write access to build high-performance storage systems.
Sun said OpenSolaris 2009.06 delivers 35% better memory management, 22% better integer arithmetics and 18% better multi-thread scheduler management when compared with the latest Linux releases.