Distributed Computing with Mac Minis

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MagnumOP, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. MagnumOP macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2010
    I was extremely intrigued to hear them mention connecting a bunch of Mac Minis together to increase computing capability. I do scientific computing for work, so this would be awesome. I have played around with distributed workloads using various Python tools. The ones I've used function over the network.

    I wonder if Apple is creating it's own distributed computing tools to make this easy to do this for any workload or application...plug and play cluster computing perhaps?

    Any thoughts?

    Credit: as similar question to this was asked here. But, that thread seemed to have a different point, so I've made a new one.
  2. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    My guess they were showing an example small mini 3D "render farm" over a network. Nothing new and something Mac minis have been able to do since forever.
  3. MagnumOP thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2010
    Yeah, I imagine you are correct. It seems like there is a real opportunity for Apple, who owns the whole ecosystem, to provide such an integrated solution. But I will continue to wish.
  4. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    So, how does this work exactly? You string a bunch of them together over Ethernet / Thunderbolt and they automatically talk to each other? How does adding different configurations affect things? Is it only useful for rendering things? So many questions.
  5. ctyrider macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    "Real opportunity" to do what? Support some bespoke clustering solution that 99.999% of their customers could not care less about?

    Apple got out of enterprise/server markets a decade ago. I am shocked they even continue to support Mini, and thew us a major bone with the today's announcement.

  6. rwh202 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2010
    Well they did - xgrid:


    Just that they discontinued it, like a lot of other useful stuff...
  7. jasnw macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2013
    Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
    Good old Xgrid - one of the many wheels that fell off as Apple Computers morphed into Apple Content, Inc. Hopefully we'll see some movement back to computers based on yesterday's release of a new Mini.
  8. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

    Dr. Stealth

    Sep 14, 2004
    SoCal-Surf City USA
    If you but a stack of new Mini's for distributed computing be sure to get the 10Gb Ethernet option.

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