February 19, 2019

Case Study: Clusters and Image Processing, Part I - page 8

The Case

  • March 17, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

What's Missing?

ImageLinks has not been able to fully move to Linux as yet. Not only does ImageLinks have to keep SGI machines around for some legacy software situations, it also uses PCs running Microsoft Windows for administrative and financial tasks. Although ImageLinks is able to use Samba to share files across the network with the Windows PCs, it would like to be able to move these operations to Linux as well.

Recommended Links and Resources

ImageLinks recommends the following online resources:

  • www.remotesensing.org

  • www.beowulf.org

  • www.php.net

  • www.mysql.com

  • www.wxwindows.org

  • www.mozilla.org/bugs/source.html

It also recommends these books:

  • The Cathedral and the Bazaar, by Eric Raymond. Cambridge, Massachusetts: O'Reilly, 1999. ISBN: 1-56592-724-9 (if you are interested in learning more about the Open Source revolution).

  • Crossing the Chasm, by Geoffrey A. Moore and Regis McKenna. New York: Harperbusiness, 1999. ISBN: 0-06662-002-3. This is an excellent book for dealing with paradigm shifts.

In Next Week's Article...

The case for ImageLink's conversion has been laid out and examined. In Part 2 next week, we'll examine some of the technical solutions ImageLink found when it implemented its plan, including:

  • Porting the Application

  • Implementing the Beowulf Cluster at ImageLinks

  • Implementing an LVS Cluster with Red Hat Linux

  • Making Open Source Profits

  • Creating a Kickstart Automated Installation File for a Cluster

  • Creating an NFS Installation Server

  • Implementing LVS Clusters with ssh

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