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Raspberry Pi Super Cluster

By : Andrew K. Dennis
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Raspberry Pi Super Cluster

By: Andrew K. Dennis

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (15 chapters)
Raspberry Pi Super Cluster
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Starting up the Raspberry Pi

You are now ready to start up the Raspberry Pi and start using BerryBoot version 2.

The following steps will guide you through powering up your Raspberry Pi safely:

  1. Start by ejecting your SD card from your computer and place it into the SD card port of the Raspberry Pi you prepared for use earlier in this chapter.

  2. Plug in the mouse and keyboard to the USB ports. You will need these in order to complete the operating installation process.

  3. Hook up the monitor to the HDMI port.

  4. Connect the Raspberry Pi to the switch you set up earlier in this chapter.

  5. Now power up your Raspberry Pi by connecting the micro-USB power unit to it.

If you are using BerryBoot, displayed on your monitor will be the Welcome screen. This is the first step in setting up our operating system and is also a confirmation that we copied the boot loader onto the SD card successfully.

BerryBoot version 2 and NOOBS provide us with a number of Linux versions to choose from. For setting up our parallel-based...