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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 2. One Step at a Time: A Process for Building Clusters

Chapter Objectives

  • Detail the high-level steps involved in designing and deploying a cluster

  • Propose a formal process for implementing a cluster project

  • Discuss required information for large projects at each stage of the implementation

Getting a cluster out of the back-of-the-napkin stage and into the computer room involves a sequence of interrelated steps from design to rollout. The larger the cluster and the tighter the time schedule, the more organized the implementation process needs to be. Even small clusters may benefit from an organized approach such as the one presented in this chapter.

Building Clusters as a Complex Endeavor

Creating a reliable cluster from scratch can be one of ...

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