How do you connect multiple Mac mini's together to use as one machine

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mashinhead, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    Do you need special software for this? Does it matter if they are all the same generation or not? What are the computaitonal benefits if any (ie does the software even take advantage)?
  2. archer75 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2005
    It's all up to the program you are using. It's not going to do anything if the program isn't designed for that.
  3. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    Some software can divy up a task and distribute it to multiple computers to chew on. When they're all done the resulting file can be opened by the primary workstation computer.
    3D rendering is a classic example of this.

    For example: Pixar used to use (not sure of the number any more) 1000 computers in their render farm to render scenes in their animations.
  4. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

    Dr. Stealth

    Sep 14, 2004
    SoCal-Surf City USA
    Yea, I read that during the original Toy Story they calculated the render time based on one computer and it came to 100 years. So, they bought 100 computers and and rendered it in 1 year. Bob Lassiter said when they started working on Toy Story he had no children. By the time Toy Story was finished he had a child old enough to watch it. Probably 5 years....

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