My interest in Supercomputing through the use of clusters has been long standing and wasinitially sparked by an article in Electronic Design  in August 1998 on the Avalon Beowulf Cluster .Between August 1998 and August 1999 I gathered information from websites and parallelresearch groups. This culminated in September 1999 when I organised the collected materialand wove a common thread through the subject matter producing two handbooks for my ownuse on cluster computing. Each handbook is of considerable length, which was governed bythe wealth of information and research conducted in this area over the last 5 years. The cover the handbooks are shown inFigure 1-1 below.
Figure 1-1 – Author Compiled Beowulf Class 1 Handbooks
Through my experimentation using the Linux Operating system and the undertaking of theUniversity of Technology, Sydney (UTS) undergraduate subject Operating Systems in AutumnSemester 1999 with Noel Carmody, a systems level focus was developed and is the coreelement of this material contained in this document.This led to my membership to the IEEE and the IEEE Technical Committee on ParallelProcessing, where I am able to gather and contribute information and be kept up to date on thelatest issues.My initial interest in the topic has developed into a very practical as well as detailed theoreticalknowledge. In Autumn semester 2001 I undertook to tutor the UTS Operating Systems subjectwhich included guest lectures. This enabled me to further develop my ability to articulate myknowledge to students with no previous experience of the internals of operating systems or systems level programming and facilitate their learning.