The Cluster Decade
HPCCommunity.org: At the end of each year, there are always "look back" and "look forward" articles that take stock in the past year or predict the future. This year, we enter a new decade and in a similar vein there are many stories recounting the technology changes over the past ten years.
Ten years ago, the Intel PIII (Tualatin) and the AMD Athlon (Thunderbird) were the processors of choice for those venturing into the world of HPC clustering. We were still moving data around 32 bits at a time and things like InfiniBand were still on the drawling board. HPC clusters were still somewhat of a novelty, often dismissed by the large manufacturers as an academic project or a hobby technology.