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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Sun Microsystems
by brando on Fri 7th Jan 2005 18:51 UTC

I though they were working on something like this. Monitor, Key board, Mouse, and a little pad. You take out a credit card thing and just throw it down on the pad and bam, you are in Windows. Throw down another card on it and bam, you are in Linux (pick your distro). Throw down another and bam, you are using Mac OS X. All the cards have a OS assigned to it, and that pad picks up what it is, and remotely signs you into it to do what you want. I saw a demo video of it. The guy just threw one card down on top of the other and the pad pick up the newest card and the screen switched to match the card.

This guy is talking nothing more than setting up a bunch of remote terminals and having them do the work, while his PC is not being taxed, but all the other computers are. So did he really solve anything, nope, each computer can still fail and bring down what process was being done. Just now you need to buy as many PCs as tasks that you want to run.