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This research paper discusses performance issues of cluster and grid computing platforms, and reasons to support the implementation of these computing infrastructures. A number of benchmark programs are executed in these computing systems, in order to perform performance analysis of experimental results. We are able to show that cluster platforms are excellent alternatives to access to supercomputing, due to its cost/performance, scalability and commodity components factors. In addition, we also show that grid technology is viable by increasing total system performance at no additional cost.