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Linux Clustering: Building and Maintaining Linux Clusters
provides Linux users with information about building their own Linux cluster from the ground up. It gives best practices, helpful hints, and guidelines about building one server or hundreds of servers at a level that administrators at any experience level can understand.
From installation of the air conditioning and power in the data center, to alternative file systems to the final production run, this book provides you with everything that you need to know. Linux Clustering: Building and Maintaining Linux Clusters walks you through the initial design and selection of the best possible types of clusters, as well as covering monitoring tools and providing for disaster recovery. Not only does this book provide information on parallel and Beowulf type clusters, Charles Bookman goes into depth on high availability clusters, load balancing, and provides advice for writing your own distributing applications as well. Incorporating best practices and cutting-edge approaches, Bookman provides step-by-step and tried-and-true methods of bringing up a Linux cluster to production level.
This text covers all aspects of Linux clustering technology including fault tolerant, high available clusters, as well as load balancing, distributed, and parallel type computing.
About the Author
About the AuthorAbout the Author Charles Bookman fell in love with the personal computer when he was 12. He would stay after school to teach himself programming on the Commodore Pet. His experiences with Linux started during the 2.0.30 days, when he took the work computer at his counseling job and converted it into something that nobody there had ever seen. After they fired him, he knew that he was on to something, and has been a Linux evangelist ever since. Charles' hobbies include being up to no good, using sarcasm, listening to music, being snobbish about art, playing bass and guitar, and painting and drawing when he finds the time. He'll kick your butt at table tennis, and is learning a great game of pool as well. Charles currently works at the University of the Pacific as a UNIX systems administrator, maintaining its high-performance cluster. He runs a design company, and consults in his spare time. © Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.
Table of Contents
I. AN OVERVIEW OF CLUSTERING FOR LINUX, PREPARING YOUR NETWORK, AND LINUX SERVERS 1. Clustering Fundamentals.
Clustering for the Enterprise. Clusters Aren't Just for High Performance Anymore. SMP and the Primary Processor Paradigm. Quick and Dirty Clustering. Alternate File Systems. Networking 101 for Clusters. Summary. 2. Preparing Your Linux Cluster.
Planning the Topology. Select the Right Distribution. Planning the Environment. A Few Words About Security. Developing a Backup Policy. Summary. 3. Installing and Streamlining the Cluster.
Setting Up the DHCP Server. Unattended Red Hat Install with Kickstart. SystemImager. Post-Installation Procedures. Summary. 4. Alternative File Systems.
Ext2 Under a Microscope. Loopback File Systems. The Ext3 File System. ReiserFS. The Logical Volume Manager. Summary.
II. BUILDING CLUSTERS. 5. High Availability and Fault-Tolerant Clusters.
Haven't We Heard of This Somewhere Before? Heartbeat Connectivity. Houston: We Have a Problem. Putting It All Together. Summary. 6. Load Balancing.
What Is This Load Balancing Thing, Anyway? Balance. Eddie Mission. Linux Virtual Server. Summary. 7. Distributed Computing.
One For All, and All For One. Distributed File Sharing. Distributed Denial of Service. Condor. Mosix, Kernel-Based Distributed Computing. Using Diskless Clients with Mosix. Summary. 8. Parallel Computing.
Parallel Computing in a Nutshell. Cluster Installation. Summary.
III. THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A CLUSTER. 9. Programming a Parallel Cluster.
Coarse Granularity in a Finely Granular World. Programming in a Clustered Environment. MPI. Summary. 10. Cluster Management.
Learn to Use the Right Tools. Configuring syslogd for Your Cluster. General-Purpose Reporting with mon. Big Brother Is Watching. Summary. 11. Recovering When Disaster Strikes.
Troubleshooting Through Layers. Helpful Tools to Diagnose Your Cluster. When Worse Comes to Worst. This Too Shall Pass. Summary.
IV. APPENDICES. Appendix A: Cluster Resources.
Designing a Cluster. Linux File Systems. Monitors. High Availability Clusters. Parallel Clusters. Load Balanced Clusters. Distributed Clusters. Appendix B: Kickstart Options.
Appendix C: DHCP Options.
Appendix D: Condor ClassAd Machine Attributes.