This section describes individual components and software that you should consider when building your cluster. Most of these components are part of the OSCAR and Rocks distribution but can be installed independently. Thus, by using the material in this section, you could bypass OSCAR or Rocks and build a custom cluster. Or you could use these chapters to learn more about the software that is part of OSCAR and Rocks.
These chapters are largely independent and can be read in any order with one minor exception. Chapter 12 uses the C3 tools introduced in Chapter 10. However, you should have little trouble understanding Chapter 12 even if you haven’t read Chapter 10. In practice, you will probably want to install the software described in Chapters 9 through 12 and then return to Chapter 8 to clone your systems. Since the other chapters describe manually installing software, you might want to glance over Chapter 8 before you begin those chapters so you’ll know what can be automated.