Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Computer and Information Science

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Phillip E. Pfeiffer IV

Committee Members

Stephen Scott, Martin L. Barrett, David Tarnoff


A cluster is a group of computing resources that are connected by a single computer network and are managed as a single system. Clusters potentially have three key advantages over workstations operated in isolation—fault tolerance, load balancing and support for distributed computing.

Information sharing among the cluster’s resources affects all phases of cluster administration. The thesis describes a new tool for distributing files within clusters. This tool, the Scalable and Reliable File Transfer Tool (SRFTT), uses Forward Error Correction (FEC) and multiple multicast channels to achieve an efficient reliable file transfer, relative to heterogeneous clusters. SRFTT achieves scalability by avoiding feedback from the receivers. Tests show that, for large files, retransmitting recovery information on multiple multicast channels gives significant performance gains when compared to a single retransmission channel.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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