Video heads and clustering

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Gener8or, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Gener8or macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2011
    Hi all.

    I have looked everywhere and I can't seem to find a hint or clue to answer this question:

    Is there some sort of equation of how many video heads can be supported in a cluster? For example is there a multiplier or is it strictly a per bus/chassis type of metric?

  2. Detrius macrumors 68000

    Sep 10, 2008
    Asheville, NC

    If I remember correctly, VCRs came with at best four video heads. Therefore, the limit to the number of video heads you could have connected to the computer would be limited by the number of analog video switches you can fit, combined with the signal degradation that would come from having too many junctions along the video cable between the VCR and the capture device. If you connect them to a USB video capture device, then the number of video heads would be limited by the number of devices a USB bus can address, which I believe is 127.

    That is, unless you're asking something completely different. Your question is insanely ambiguous, as we can only guess what you really mean when you say "video head."

    You can have as many screens on each node of the cluster as you can fit graphics cards on a PCI bus. The fact that it's a cluster of multiple computers is irrelevant. There's a completely different question of how quickly you can feed new data to the multiple screens, and that's limited by the bandwidth of the various busses involved between the source and destination.

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