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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UH, something like X windows maybe?
by Pinback on Fri 7th Jan 2005 18:46 UTC

Years ago we used X windows to run resource intensive programs on "compute servers". The funny part was that these compute servers were just headless workstations fully loaded with RAM.

(At times the software license fees were tied to the server type. Often a workstation class sytem was equivalent in CPU speed to a server, but the software licencse was considerably cheaper.)

The real question these days is "what do you want to use for your 'rich media system' that you actually sit in front of?"

With cheap access to wireless and VNC, you can put your (home) server rack just about anywhere. But more and more often these days the urge is to just collapse all the systems down to one more powerful system, and be done with the noise and heat.