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aonghas
06-02-2008, 06:57 PM
Hey guys,

My friend was wondering if there was a way to speed up your computer for general usage through LAN? For example if he had two computers, could he connect them up to speed up one of the computers and use it like a dual core system?

If not, do you think there could be software/drivers made to allow this to happen, or is it just impractical?

Cheers
aonghas

Speedy Gonzales
06-02-2008, 07:02 PM
Maybe if you had Linux, or some server version of Windows

plod
06-02-2008, 08:00 PM
It all depends what OS your using. OSX can do it, and there are a lot of programs that support it. As for windows I'm not sure.

sal
06-02-2008, 08:06 PM
It's not impractical, this is generally called distributed computing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_computing). The most prevalent examples would be the Folding@home (http://folding.stanford.edu/) and SETI@home (http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/) projects, however these are indirect, obtuse examples.

I'm not aware of any software/hardware solutions for this on the Windows platform unless one of the Server (2008 possibly?) versions supports this (which I doubt), but I do know that Apple's OS X Server supports this OOTB (http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/technology/xgrid.html), coined Xgrid.

dirtbag
06-02-2008, 10:25 PM
There are a few programs that you can use this technique for, they are all mainly 3d rendering/video rendering suites that I have come across.

You would need a very fast network to make any decent difference aswell (if you are wanting "realtime" processing"

robsonde
07-02-2008, 07:03 AM
My friend was wondering if there was a way to speed up your computer for general usage through LAN? For example if he had two computers, could he connect them up to speed up one of the computers and use it like a dual core system?


http://www.beowulf.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_(computing)