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LinuxWorld: Linux clustering cornucopia; Which cluster is for you?

Mar 31, 2000, 16:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Trying to count clustering projects in Linux is like trying to count the number of startup companies in Silicon Valley. Unlike Windows NT, which has been hindered by its closed environment, Linux has a large selection of clustering systems available for different uses and needs. That doesn't make it any easier for those trying to figure out what clustering system they should use."

"Part of the problem is the fact that the term clustering is used in different contexts. While an IT manager might be concerned with keeping maximum uptime of their servers or making the applications run faster, a mathematician may be more interested in performing large scale numerical calculations on their servers. Both need a cluster, but each needs a cluster of different properties."

"This article surveys different forms of clustering and some of the many implementations that are available commercially and as freeware. Although not all the solutions listed here are open source, much of the software follows the common practices of distributing Linux source code, especially since those who implement clustering often also want to tweak the performance of the system to their needs."

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