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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

Creating an environment and downloading MPICH

Before we install any software, we are going to create a number of directories under our account. These will be used for installing MPICH:

If you are not connected to your Master Raspberry Pi, log back in.

From inside your home directory you can then create the following folder:

mkdir mpich3

Navigate into mpich3 and create the following two directories:

mkdir build install

The mpich3 is the directory where we will be installing the MPICH software as well. Feel free to change the numeric value in the directory name to match the major version number of the MPICH software you are downloading.

Our next task is to grab the latest package from the MPICH downloads link:

You can use wget to perform this task, make sure the version number is the latest:


Once the tar.gz file has been downloaded we can unzip it into the mpich3 directory:

tar xvfz mpich-3.0.4.tar.gz