Cluster Computing Today: What's Changed and Why It Matters
Thursday, August 25, 2011
In case you haven't been paying attention, a lot has changed in cluster computing over the last few years. Rather than requiring you to create clusters solely with on-premises servers, for instance, newer technologies also let clusters include desktop workstations and virtual machines in the cloud. Just as important, the traditional cluster world of scientific and technical applications has expanded to include business-oriented applications, such as financial simulations, big data applications, and more.
I've written a short paper, available here
, that looks at this transformation. Sponsored by Microsoft, it uses Windows HPC Server as an example, showing how the changes in cluster computing have been reflected in this product's evolution. The goal is to provide a short and simple description of what has changed and why you should care.