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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Chapter 20. Physical Constraints: Heat, Space, and Power

Chapter Objectives

  • Identify the physical constraints for cluster design

  • Show simple examples of power ratings and calculations

  • Discuss heat generation and removal

  • Provide floor layouts for example clusters

An example is presented of a real-world design situation with space, power, and cooling for a medium-size cluster.

Identifying Physical Constraints for Your Cluster

Any cluster has to have a home, a place to exist during its useful lifetime. Ensuring that the cluster design process takes physical constraints into account is an important detail. It would do no good to build a cluster that cannot function properly in its intended location. This chapter identifies the physical constraints placed ...

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