Solaris 7 Software Developer Supplement

Global Devices

Global Devices are node invariant pseudo devices such as /dev/ip. In principle, the open instance of a device, such as ip or tcp, does not depend on which host, in the cluster, the open occurs. A single copy of each device is in the kernel. All device I/O requests for this device class are performed locally and the device node can be accessed by a remote host within the cluster. This is the default behavior for all pseudo devices in the system.