Chapter 14. Customizing a Cluster Live Linux CD

Imagine that you have an office full of computers that are used only from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That’s a lot of computer power going to waste, and there’s an easy way to harness the horsepower of those computers the rest of the day using live CD clustering distributions.

If you’re looking for a way to create a quick-and-dirty cluster, a live CD is definitely the way to go. You can pop a CD into each machine’s drive and reboot, and use it for a few hours (or a few days, and make the most of a long holiday weekend!). When your computing task is finished, reboot the machine, pop out the CD, and you’ve got the PC’s original operating system available, untouched by the cluster operating system.

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