This book assumes that you are aware of the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and high performance computing.
A basic understanding of Linux administration and commands are beneficial here.
A hands-on experience of the installation of different software or packages on a Linux-based OS is essential to the installation of OpenStack's packages and to execute various commands.
The approach adopted in this book uses OpenStack 2014.1 (Icehouse) version, which requires at least a 700 MHz processor (Intel Celeron or better), 8GB RAM (system memory), and 120GB of hard-drive space. The preferred OS is Ubuntu 12.04 and higher.
Furthermore, you will need an Internet access to download the software packages that you do not already ...