Joseph D. Sloan

Joseph D. Sloan has been working with computers since the mid-1970s. He began using Unix as a graduate student in 1981, first as an applications programmer and later as a system programmer and system administrator. Since 1988 he has taught computer science, first at Lander University and more recently at Wofford College where he can be found using the software described in this book.

High Performance Linux Clusters with OSCAR, Rocks, OpenMosix, and MPI High Performance Linux Clusters with OSCAR, Rocks, OpenMosix, and MPI
by Joseph D. Sloan
November 2004
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Network Troubleshooting Tools Network Troubleshooting Tools
by Joseph D. Sloan
August 2001
Print: $49.99
Ebook: $39.99

"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 straightforward—concrete examples for concrete problems. Sloan’s 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 you’ve read and understood Sloan’s book, you’ll be better prepared for Gropp and his coauthors...Within this rather small, manageable book, you’ll 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."
--Arturo Ortiz-Tapia, IEEE Computer Society