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MacBytes
Jun 23, 2004, 05:41 PM
Category: News and Press Releases
Link: XGrid agent for Unix architectures (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040623184158)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

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isgoed
Jun 23, 2004, 06:17 PM
this sounds real cool.

I have a powerbook 550mhz and an athlon 1.2Ghz. In the article they mentioned pov-ray (opensource 3D-rendering). It would be real nice if i can use my mac to model and use the additional power of my athlon for rendering. I also do some programming, but i am unsure if x-code supports xGrid. But i really see the xGrid concept becoming the way of future computing.

mainstreetmark
Jun 23, 2004, 08:36 PM
Oh, without a doubt...

For like 10 years now, i've been wondering why my one machine had to work so hard at a rendering, while the machine sitting 2 feet to it's left had nothing to do except display some flying toasters.

Why not somehow combine the HD and CPU of all the machines on your LAN. Most tasks, i realize, can't be CPU-shared (burning a DVD) but a lot can!

XGrid is a step in the right direction - i'd like to see an OS-level implementation of it's technology, so that every task is CPU-shared. You stick a G5 somewhere on the LAN, and your wife's eMac suddenly computes excel spreadsheets 20% faster with an extra 50 gigs of (slow) drivespace. Stick 1,566 XServes on your LAN and your wife's eMac can compute a trillion digits of PI in 5 seconds.

My 54Mbit/sec network, by the way, is also underutilized. Pulling pages of the net at 1.5Mb/sec hardly makes 802.11g sweat, but fill it up with problem/result traffic, and everything comes into balance.