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"High Performance Linux Clusters is remarkably well presented; the text is supported with helpful diagrams and plenty of example code."
-- , PC Update
"Joseph Sloan's High Performance Linux Clusters provides a wealth of information on the subject of Linux clusters. Sloan guides you through the decision-making process for building cluster computers, installing the right software, and writing the programs to solve a particular problem... Even as someone who is not planning to build a Linux cluster in the near future, I felt confident because of the detail of Sloan's installation instructions. I did not find myself feeling lost or unsure of how a particular package should be installed or used, as can be the case when some authors decide to mumble over important instructions. The number of topics covered in the book is also impressive. Someone new to the topic of clusters is given the information they need to get started and advice on how best to approach this rather complex undertaking."
"The book is quite instructive. Sloan uses as few technical words as possible. Almost anyone can understand his explanation, even people with no previous experience with the necessary hardware; Linux; administration tools; or parallel programming, debugging, and security issues. The MPI chapters are concise and straightforwardconcrete examples for concrete problems. Sloans explanation of the MPI directives for parallelizing seems more understandable than the explanations in the classics by William Gropp, Ewing Lusk, and Anthony Skjellum, at least for beginners. Once youve read and understood Sloans book, youll be better prepared for Gropp and his coauthors...Within this rather small, manageable book, youll encounter most of the basics for starting a Linux cluster, whether you plan to actually perform heavy calculations or just want to learn how to construct a cluster with the old PCs you might have. I recommend this inexpensive book both for students and full-fledged researchers."
-- , IEEE Computer Society
--Gregory Lapouchnian, C/C++ Users Journal, June 2005