Cluster Live can do the following:
· Boots a cluster of diskless Thin Clients.
· Automatically loads a Web browser.
· Share workload between Thin Clients.
· No individual installations required.
· Fast deployment of centralised software over multiple computers.
· No need to access the hard disk of your existing system.
· Portable yet scalable infrastructure.
· Less spending on high end computer hardware such as hard drives, processors and memory.
Who can benefit from it?
· Public kiosk
· Internet cafe
· Home, Office and other intranet premises
· Training centre
· Government sectors, and other organisations requiring large deployment of dedicated applications.
· Ideal for academics in developing countries to make use of computers cost effectively.
· Open Source developers can freely create their own Cluster Live CDs.
How does it work?
· A server gets booted by a Cluster Live CD.
· The client's BIOS is configured to boot through the LAN by default.
· When the server has finished the bootup sequence, the client can be booted through the LAN.
What was it tested with?
· IBM Thinkpad T30 (CPU: Pentium 4 · 1GHz; RAM: 512MB)
· Virtual Machines (Software to allow running of multiple O.S. simultaneously)
· IDE CDRW (To rewrite the ISO image on to the CD for testing)
· A hub with several LAN cables connecting the infrastructure.
· Source built with Red Hat Fedora Core 3 Linux