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