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Building Clustered Linux Systems by Robert W. Lucke

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Glossary

active cluster elements

Components of the cluster architecture that have an interactive ability, including device management interfaces. Examples include network switches, computer systems, serial port concentrators, and remote-access management cards.

administrative node

A system in a cluster that runs performance monitoring or other system administrative services.

API

An acronym for “application programming interface”; a set of subroutine calls and data types that define an interface to a software service.

application-specific cluster

A cluster configuration that runs only a single application. This may drastically simplify the scheduling and system management aspects of a cluster when compared with a general-purpose cluster that must run ...

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