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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 1. Parallel Power: Defining the Clustered System Approach

Chapter Objectives

  • Define the term cluster

  • Detail the evolution of a clustered solution

  • Provide examples of parallel cluster applications

  • Introduce several classes of clusters

This chapter examines the term cluster, the evolution of a clustered approach to applications, and the hardware that executes them, and provides a high-level description of several general classes of clustered system. A description of several parallel applications leads to a refined definition of a cluster and prepares for a description of the hardware and software components in a clustered system.

Avoiding Difficulties with the Word Cluster

Before we progress any further, we need to define what is meant by the word ...

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