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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 8. The Right Stuff: Linux as the Basis for Clusters

Chapter Objectives

  • Introduce some of the criteria for choosing a cluster operating system

  • Describe some of the major advantages of the Linux operating system

  • Explain why the Linux operating system makes a good basis for clusters

  • Provide a survey of the most popular Linux distributions used for building clusters

This book is about building clusters using the Linux operating system. It should come as no surprise that we have to start describing the application of the Linux operating system to clusters at some point in our discussion. I will try to take a realistic view of the requirements for using Linux in building clusters.

Choosing a Cluster Operating System

Building a cluster's hardware from ...

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