Appendix A. Getting to Know Your Hardware: A Bit of Background

In Chapter 1, we introduced some basic concepts relating to server hardware, concepts such as processor type, multi-processor architecture, and virtual memory to name but a few. There are lots of buzzwords and acronyms that we get bombarded with in this industry. As IT advocates, we need to see past all that and get to the core issues—ask the key questions and get to the heart of the matter. I am sure that some of you are fluent in the ways of computer architecture, while others of you may need a little refresher course on some key elements of architectural design. When it comes to high performance computing, there is much to be gained by knowing and understanding the building blocks ...

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