The nodes of a cluster can be connected via a simple Ethernet network with common plate (network adapters or NICs), or use special high-speed technologies such as Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Myrinet, InfiniBand, SCI, etc.
Clusters | Part 2
Clusters | Part 1
What Is Cluster Computing | Part 3
The development of customer-built and research clusters proceeded hand in hand with that of both networks and the Unix operating system from the early 1970s, as both TCP/IP and the Xerox PARC project created and formalized protocols for network-based communications.
What Is Cluster Computing | Part 2
The TOP500 organization’s semiannual list of the 500 fastest computers usually includes many clusters. TOP500 is a collaboration between the University of Mannheim, the University of Tennessee, and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
What Is Cluster Computing | Part 1
A computer cluster is a group of linked computers, working together closely so that in many respects they form a single computer. The components of a cluster are commonly, but not always, connected to each other through fast local area networks