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Oracle Database 11g Oracle Real Application Clusters Handbook, Second Edition by K Gopalakrishnan

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History of Oracle RAC

The ever-hungry vagabonds of the Silicon Valley pioneered the concept of massive parallel processing (MPP) and christened the same as “clustering.” Digital, IBM, and Cray were some of the pioneers in the field of clustering. The first success toward creating a clustering product, ARCnet, was developed by DataPoint in 1977.

ARCnet, though a good product in the research labs and a darling in the academic world (for university-based research groups, departments, and computer cluster resources for an entire university), was not a commercial success and clustering didn’t really take off until Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) released its VAX cluster product in the 1980s for the VAX/VMS operating system. The ARCnet and VAX ...

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