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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 3. Underneath the Hood: Cluster Hardware Components and Architecture

Chapter Objectives

  • 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.

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