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Old 08-05-2006, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm interested in making a windows XP cluster, but can't find any information on how to go about building one.

If anyone has any information that might help me, please let me know!

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This is more appropriately suited for the Windows forum.
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What way are you refering to a cluster? Server side clustering?
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I don't know.

I have 5 XP boxes, and I do a lot of graphics rendering. Any way that I could hook them together in some kind of cluster-form so that they can share heavy computational loads is what I'm looking for. This would certainly not be used for a server, although I'm confused as to what server side means.
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A computer cluster is a group of loosely coupled computers that work together closely so that in many respects they can be viewed as though they are a single computer. Clusters are commonly, but not always, connected through fast local area networks. Clusters are usually deployed to improve speed and/or reliability over that provided by a single computer, while typically being much more cost-effective than single computers of comparable speed or reliability.
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If you are rendering animation, the poor man's way of doing this is to break up which frames each PC renders. Each PC is still working autonomously, just taking a different chunk of the project.

Easiest way and will save you a big headache in the long run.

Of course, if you're doing other things then I guess this does't help.
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the information on a cluster. Anyway, I know what a cluster is, but I don't know what "server side" means. I will be doing other stuff with this cluster as well: distributed computing, Video encoding, the like.

Really, I did reasearch for over 3 hours, so I know about all I need to know, exept where to get the software, and how to set it up.
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I haven't the foggiest idea of any Windows "grid" software. I'd look at Linux for that.
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