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 seratne on Fri 7th Jan 2005 19:05 UTC

Yes, you might be able to multitask between different machines but for an average "designer" it will never work. It's too complex, and your data is then spread across different machines. And a central file storage is not a solution unless you go to Gig-E or 10Gig-E which is still expensive (network wise) nevermind the cost of the actual file storage itself, or the cost of multiple licenses for a single app just so you can save yourself 3 minutes, and then to think of the confusion of organizing files. Just looks like it would be a big mess.

For any task that can take less than 5 minutes the solution is one workstation, and try to beef up that workstation as much as possible. For complex tasks that can take > 15 min. or hours, grid computing/distributed computing is the best solution.