Examine the underlying hardware components of a cluster
Categorize some of the of components used in a cluster hardware
Examine several cluster architectures taken from real-world designs
Explore differences in hardware configurations for different cluster types
Before we can begin to design software environments for a specific parallel application, we need to understand the individual hardware components used to create a cluster and how to provide a parallel hardware environment that supports the software. In this chapter we examine types of hardware in the cluster, and the individual hardware components that compose a cluster.
We have seen that there are ...