Raspberry Pi Super Cluster
By Andrew K. Dennis
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: November 2013
Pages: 126

In Detail

A cluster is a type of parallel/distributed processing system which consists of a collection of interconnected stand-alone computers cooperatively working together. Using Raspberry Pi computers, you can build a two-node parallel computing cluster which enhances performance and availability.

This practical, example-oriented guide will teach you how to set up the hardware and operating systems of multiple Raspberry Pi computers to create your own cluster. It will then navigate you through how to install the necessary software to write your own programs such as Hadoop and MPICH before moving on to cover topics such as MapReduce. Throughout this book, you will explore the technology with the help of practical examples and tutorials to help you learn quickly and efficiently.

Starting from a pile of hardware, with this book, you will be guided through exciting tutorials that will help you turn your hardware into your own super-computing cluster. You’ll start out by learning how to set up your Raspberry Pi cluster’s hardware. Following this, you will be taken through how to install the operating system, and you will also be given a taste of what parallel computing is about. With your Raspberry Pi cluster successfully set up, you will then install software such as MPI and Hadoop. Having reviewed some examples and written some programs that explore these two technologies, you will then wrap up with some fun ancillary projects. Finally, you will be provided with useful links to help take your projects to the next step.

Approach

This book follows a step-by-step, tutorial-based approach which will teach you how to develop your own super cluster using Raspberry Pi computers quickly and efficiently.

Who this book is for

Raspberry Pi Super Cluster is an introductory guide for those interested in experimenting with parallel computing at home. Aimed at Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, this book is a primer for getting your first cluster up and running.

Basic knowledge of C or Java would be helpful but no prior knowledge of parallel computing is necessary.

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        4.0

        An offline tutorial for a Cluster

        By Raul

        from Mexico city

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          • Not Even Surface Scratch

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          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Super Cluster:

          I could describe this book as a really nice introduction to create your own Raspberry Pi cluster, consider this an offline compiled tutorial to do it yourself with some code that would give some insights to start your own apps. Little Java or C++ knowledge is necessary, but a lot of self enthusiasm for have it working. It is easy to read and it will walk you through step by step, but in order to bring all what it is exposed within, it is necessary to have the hardware in place (at least two Raspberry Pi).

          I liked that the read is smooth, well explained and has a lot of e-references to extends on the contents provided, on the other hand, It would be a better book with more images and, for really tech people, more code to play with. This is the main reason to skip the 5 stars.

          I read it in a day, but if you follow the guidelines step by step, it can take you at least a whole weekend to have everything up and running.

          Overall a good read for your sunday night,

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          5.0

          Great Book for Raspberry Pi Beginners

          By Sam2

          from Boston, MA

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          Pros

          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples

          Cons

          • Not For Advanced User

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          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Super Cluster:

          I think this book is a great starting point for Raspberry Pi beginners. The book format is well written and step-by-step instructions are great.

          I follow the book instructions and finish my raspberry pi cluster without any issue.

          In my opinion, the book is "basic" by design.

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          Now available in printable format

          By Henk

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            • Too basic

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            • Novice

            Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Super Cluster:

            A few days after I wrote the first review, the book became available in printable format. So that part of the review is not correct anymore.

            Which does not change that the content is too basic. Like most Raspberry books too much space is dedicated on the basics again. On page 40 we are finally ready with the basic stuff, which leaves 60 pages for more or less relevant content.

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            Useless unprintable ePub

            By Henk

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            • Bad Commercial Format
            • Too basic

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            Comments about oreilly Raspberry Pi Super Cluster:

            I did not realize this is a non-printable ePub and I warn other people not to buy it. The book has no real content. Just visit http://www.open-mpi.org/, read some real books on Hadoop and save the money.

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