Meaning – Each individual computer within a computer cluster, is known as a cluster node. As the computer cluster is used to accomplish computational intensive tasks, each node has to selected such that, it can combine with the other clusters, and provide the computational power required to accomplish the given tasks.
The participation status of a node, within a computer cluster, is denoted by the following terms –
Not Running – The node is turned off and not operational.
Running – The node is physically plugged in, turned on, booted, and capable of executing programs.
Inactive – The node is running but not participating in cluster operations.
Active – The node is running and participating in cluster operations.
Example of usage – “When a new computer node is created, the admin must decide whether that node should form its own cluster or join an existing cluster.”