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.
"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."
--Arturo Ortiz-Tapia, IEEE Computer Society