Linux Based Clustering
Clusters are the predominant type of HPC hardware these days; a cluster is a set of MPPs. A processor in a cluster is commonly referred to as a node and has its own CPU, memory, operating system, and I/O subsystem and is capable of communicating with other nodes. These days it is common to use a commodity workstation running Linux and other open source software as a node in a cluster. You'll see how these types of HPC hardware differ. Back to top Clustering, defined The term "cluster" can take different meanings in different contexts.