And what is the relationship between HPC and parallel computing?
This question was also asked during the webcast, An Introduction to High Performance Computing: Parallel Computing Issues. The presenter, Tom Lehmann, is the Advanced Projects Manager for the Enterprise Systems Group training organization at Intel. Here is Tom's answer to the question.
Q:Which books, resources, websites do you recommend?
A: There are two books that will get everybody started. One of them is called "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Linux." It is from the MIT Press, and if you look through their catalog it was edited by Dr. Thomas Sterling and has a forward by Gordon Bell, who of course is one of the pioneers in computing with the Digital Equipment Corporation. There is a similar book, also published by MIT Press, called "Beowulf Cluster Computing with Windows." Most people are not aware of the fact that Windows makes an excellent operating system for clusters just as well as Linux does. Again, when we talk about the three rules of clustering, if the application that you intend to run is a Windows application, it's probably better that you use Windows as the operating system for your cluster.