In the early days of computing, even before home computing, the U.S. government had a supercomputer called Cray. We’ve come a long way since then.

As more and more people and businesses began to acquire the technology to run software and store data at their locations the demand for computing rose. And it rose sharply. By the 1970s there were people beginning to dream of owning their own supercomputers  and clusters began to pop up here and there. But the economics of it weren’t feasible for the small guy or widespread use.

Finally, by the end of the 1980s, cluster servers were beginning to catch on and they were in full force by the mid-1990s when the Internet started going commercial. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a supercomputer, the best and most economical way to get there today is by cluster computing. Start your own small cluster server and build on it. Someday, cluster servers will be as widespread as laptops.