Home-based Grid Computing
I have three computers with different configurations (all running Windows) at home. Is there a way I can probably "connect" all of them to form a Grid network where system resources are shared between the three so that the computational tasks are processed in parallel and hence overall performance can be improved. I'm sure this must be possible. Just curious what's the software and hardware add-on's required to build a distributed architecture like this.
I would recommend installing Advanced Cray Cyber-Think R5, and after that adding the neural network plug-ins you will find on the program's web site.
If you can use Linux, look at OpenMosix. There is even a CD version so you don't have to install anything on most of your boxes.
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Thanks. I've been looking for something exactly like OpenMosix (but for Windows). I also came across PVM (Parallel Virtual Machine) - http://www.netlib.org/pvm3/ which seems to be an effective solution to my needs. Anyone had any experience with PVM?
Take a look at Oz which can be found at http://www.mozart-oz.org/ and is a programming language ideally suited to distributed processing, (it was one of the many design goals).
David B. Wildgoose
I'd like a little clarification about what the original poster is asking for.
To clarify for Tom, OpenMosix turns n workstations into n processors (shared between x users).
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Actually, I'm not looking for a grid computing based/driven programming framework but a grid computing facilitation system - a way to convert n computers (their CPU/memory resources etc.) into a single logical entity - and ANY application on any of the systems may be able to use the resources from this single logical entity. I've heard this to be possible on Linux but I'm looking for a solution for Windows.
It might be extremely tricky to write without access to the OS sourcecode; maybe a bit beyond the average 3rd party?
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you are not looking for a grid. you are looking for a cluster. As someone stated, openmosix is probably the easiest to setup. It's on knoppix linux which is bootable from cd. For a grid you can download the globus toolkit but that won't give you what you want.
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