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    A Better Builder

    Developers fed up with cryptic Makefiles should take a look at the new Meson build system, which is simple to operate, offers scripting capabilities, integrates external test tools, and supports Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

    Iron Ore

    Google Compute Engine removes the technical and financial headaches of maintaining server, networking, and storage.

    Parallel Shells

    The most fundamental tool needed to administer an HPC system is a parallel shell, which allows you to run the same command on a series of nodes. In this article, we look at pdsh.

    Nerve Center

    Ganglia is probably the most popular monitoring framework and tool, in that HPC, Big Data, and even cloud systems are using it. In this article, we show you how to install and configure Ganglia and get it up and running on a simple two-node system.

    Metadata for Your Data

    Understanding the proliferation of data in your filesystem is key to being an administrator. Understanding file sizes and file ages and their distribution helps you tune filesystems for performance and develop policies for data management.

    Storage in the Cloud

    When building cloud environments, you need more than just a scalable infrastructure; you also need a high-performance storage component. We look at Ceph, a distributed object store and filesystem that pairs well in the cloud with OpenStack.

    Combining Directories on a Single Mountpoint with SSHFS-MUX

    With some simple tuning, SSHFS performance is comparable to NFS almost across the board. In an effort to get even more performance from SSHFS, we examine SSHFS-MUX, which allows you to combine directories from multiple servers into a single mountpoint.

    Hadoop for All

    Hadoop 2.x and its associated tools promise to deliver big data solutions not just to the IT-heavy big players, but to anyone with unstructured data and the need for multidimensional data analysis.

    SSHFS – Installation and Performance

    Sharing data saves space, reduces data skew, and improves data management. We look at the SSHFS shared filesystem, put it through some performance tests, and show you how to tune it.

    A Library for Many Jobs

    The Joblib Python Library handles frequent problems – like parallelization, memorization, and saving and loading objects – in almost no time, giving programmers more freedom to push on with their core tasks.