Datamation: Linux Clusters for the Mainstream Manager
Posted by Kenneth Farmer (Friday September 26 2003 @ 03:16PM EDT) [ ]
While many businesses keep clinging to existing Windows, NetWare, and OS/390 solutions, more and more are turning to Linux clusters for high performance computing (HPC), high availability (HA), and Web farm applications. To get the most out of Linux clusters, however, you need to know the ins-and-outs of installation and maintenance, as well as the best software and hardware configurations for specific types of clustering implementations.

So what exactly is a cluster, anyway? "More than one machine, working cooperatively on one or more tasks," says Sean Dague of the IBM Linux Technology Center.

Linux clusters are "like 1,000,000 ants vs. one elephant," Dague illustrated, speaking during the Linux Boot Camp at the recent PCExpo/TechNYXpo conference in New York City.

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