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Xgrid: Applications, Uses, Etc.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by ingenious, Apr 9, 2008.

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    I'm thinking about (someday) implementing Xgrid, but I want to know what it's really good for.

    I understand the distributed computing concept, and I find it intriguing, but, for example, can I use my Xgrid to encode video? (Handbrake can't, and VB uses it solely to delegate whole jobs).

    What other real-world applications are out there? How do you use it? Is it still beneficial over ethernet or 802.11g/n?

    Any help is appreciated!

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    But that doesn't really combine the power of multiple CPUs; it just sends whole jobs out to multiple computers...
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    Xgrid is Multi CPU Aware. So, Yes it does harness multiCPU Systems.

    Give it a go it isn't going to kill you.
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    That's not what I meant, but it did kind of sound that way. I meant that it doesn't split single encoding jobs across multiple computers; all it does it delegate whole jobs to separate computers on a network.
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    Is there a way to use Xgrid without server?
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    Yes. I'd have to Google it again, but both the server and "agent" (client) versions of Xgrid are built into the client OS X.
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    You sure about that?

    The controller is usually setup on a Mac OS X Server.
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    Yes. You can run the controller via the Terminal on the client version of Mac OS X. You don't get all the GUI goodness, though.

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