Over at EdTech, Neil Bright has posted six strategies for cluster deployment to ease administrative burdens and provide for a better user experience.
The face of supercomputing has changed — a lot. A new breed of commodity servers connected via ultrafast networks — such as Infiniband — have supplanted the monolithic mainframes of yore. As opposed to common enterprise workloads, where each server may solve a multitude of problems concurrently, individual servers in a high-performance computing (HPC) system exchange messages with other servers at high rates of speed in order to collaboratively solve a single — but huge — problem. Even in a university environment, HPC deployments can grow to thousands of individual servers.
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