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O'Reillynet: Building Linux Clusters: Off-the-Shelf Supercomputing with David Spector [Book Review]

Jul 01, 2000, 12:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bonnie Allen)

"David HM Spector credits his lifelong fascination with supercomputers to the "spinning tape drives and blinky lights" of the 1960s science fiction computers of his childhood. He grew up to be deeply immersed in computer technology during the dawning of the Internet, when its potential, like that of clusters today, was just beginning to hit the computer world."

"Spector's first Linux cluster, and ultimately his new book Building Linux Clusters, arose from his need for an affordable home supercomputer for his research. Building it was a challenge. "I noticed that a lot of people talk about it, but the documentation is really terse. There's no way for someone to start who doesn't have all the knowledge already." Spector wrote up an outline and realized it would make a great O'Reilly book. And, as it turned out, O'Reilly & Associates was looking for just such a book."

"Building Linux Clusters is a hands-on guide for people new to clusters. "Like most O'Reilly books," said Spector, "it's to get people going. You can build a cluster right out of the box: You pop the CD in, follow the instructions, and in ten or twenty minutes you have a fully functional cluster."

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