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I'm trying to learn cloud-computing, especially the idea of distributed operations (Grid Computing?) for a project I'm working on. We'll need to perform distributed fault-tolerant operations over a very large data set, which we will also be responsible for storing and maintaining in an optimized way.

If I'm trying to learn from books or white-papers, what types of things should I look out for and focus on to help me gain this knowledge as efficiently and effectively as possible?

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@Mark Trapp Would not "I'm trying to find a good base of literature from which to learn distributed operations" qualify as a specific problem? I've seen many other "recommended book list" questions.... – GWLlosa May 3 '11 at 20:17
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@Mark Trapp so something like the recent edit? – GWLlosa May 3 '11 at 23:38
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This may be noteworthy, I hesitate to say it's a place to start though and should definitely be accompanied by material that isn't so whitepaper-ey. It's very dry.

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It also needs mentioning that the whitepaper is from 2006, it is not recent. – Jeff Welling Apr 1 '11 at 5:11
Not recent, but informative nonetheless. Good find. – GWLlosa Apr 1 '11 at 11:46

I really like this book: Beautiful Architecture: Leading Thinkers Reveal the Hidden Beauty in Software Design

It probably isn't completely related to the concepts that you have listed (it is more higher level). I still believe that there are some related examples and presented in an approachable manner.

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