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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 17. Dollars and Sense: Cluster Economics

Chapter Objectives

  • Examine the costs associated with cluster hardware

  • Look for trends in cluster hardware costs

This chapter discusses the hardware expenses associated with building small to midsize clusters. Analysis of the costs is presented, based on list hardware prices for three compute slices and two HSI technologies.

Initial Perceptions

When I first became involved with clusters, it was on a rather huge implementation, by anyone's standards. The complexity of the environment was familiar to me, and neither I nor anybody else on the team thought that the job would be easy. By the time the target installation was complete, more than two years had elapsed. Even with our initial presumptions of difficulty, ...

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