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Mether is a Distributed Shared memory (DSM) that runs on Sun workstations under the SunOS 4.0 operating system. User programs access the Mether address space in a way indistinguishable from other memory. Mether was inspired by the MemNet DSM, but unlike MemNet Mether consists of software communicating over a conventional Ethernet. The kernel part of Mether actually does no data transmission over the network. Data transmission is accomplished by a user-level server. The kernel driver has no preference for a server, and indeed does not know that servers exist. The kernel driver has been made very safe, and in fact panic is not in its dictionary.
Ronald G. Minnich and David J. Farber, "The Mether System: Distributed Shared Memory for SunOS 4.0", . February 1993.
Date Posted: 30 July 2007