Linked by Kasra Yousefi on Fri 7th Jan 2005 17:44 UTC
Editorial Problem: Even the most powerful PC's become non responsive during resource-intensive computations, such as graphic design, media, image rendering and manipulating. The traditional solution has been to upgrade to a faster computer and throw more computing power at the problem to lessen the wait-time. But there's a simple solution that utilizes multiple machines, but without using grid/clustering. For now, this involves a hack, but how hard would it be for an OS vendor to streamline this process?
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by zack on Fri 7th Jan 2005 18:39 UTC

>, if you had them all multi-tasking the same application over your network? You'd be able to finish your computation in probably close to a quarter of the time (some time is required for sending/receiving/synchronizing, etc
That's right! then we could talk about eve lotion. This is not available in the big mainstream OS that we use today Windows/Linux/Mac. But QNX is a great example how this could be done.

Quote from QNX:
Remote Process Creation:
Any resource or process can be accessed uniformly using standard messages, across the message-passing IPC, from any location on the network without having to write code connectors to enable resources to communicate. Similarly, processes on one computer can be started or spawned on another network computer. The result is true distributed processing across multiple network computers with no code modification, and no incremental hardware costs.

Check this out for more information
http://www.qnx.com/tech_highlights/microkernel/