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April 28, 2002 1:29:28 AM

Will we ever have distributed computing home networks, so maybe you would have several computers of varing processing power working together at any given time in any given app?

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April 29, 2002 7:50:51 PM

You mean like a Beowulf cluster?

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April 29, 2002 9:02:00 PM

Kind of. A home Beowulf cluster, I guess.

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April 29, 2002 11:47:36 PM

I think the lag would counter the benefit for anything except for absolutely huge jobs (or incredibly slow computers).

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April 30, 2002 12:09:45 AM

Obivously we haven't reached a level where this is possible. I'd guess we'd need lots of RAM on each client machine and a 10-100gbps Network to keep the RAM saturated.

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April 30, 2002 4:24:28 AM

I doubt it'd be viable (at least for quite some time), but it'd be interesting (and fun).

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May 1, 2002 12:45:27 AM

What about fiber optics b/c they have unlimited potential, and a shitload of ram. Also, many tasks such as 3d rendering don't require high bandwith at all. I'm not sure how practical it'd be though- how many home users actually push a comp to its limit?

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May 1, 2002 7:08:25 AM

They'll never find me in here.

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May 1, 2002 1:44:14 PM

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May 1, 2002 6:19:24 PM

Hi dhlucke!

Flame, Beowulf clusters need to have programs written explicitly to be broken into segments (like distributed computing). I don't see any way to get around that. Not a huge deal, but I don't see any reason right away why several computers with an expensive connection and new software would be easier than further developing stand-alone computers.

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May 2, 2002 3:42:50 AM

Dh you are too big to hide.

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