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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First, a little explanation on the idea behind my post

I know what I proposed is nothing new and is based on 30 year old standards. The reason I proposed this and intentionally used the most divert configuration, (I also knew that I could do this all on windows or Linux only configuration and dont be criticized by the licensing and poor performance issues related to Crossover Office) was to show the possibilities in distributing processing and disk bandwidth across a small network.

I also like clustering/grid technologies (especially following plan 9 closely) and prefer them over my own awkward hack for sure.

A word about performance:

Im surprised to see some reply that the VNC is slow.(I'm not trying to defend VNC just want to clarify the issue) I did test this in real word and worked under heavy conditions and on the other hand my machines are not very powerful ones.

For your information, my master PC is Athlon XP 2200 + / 1GB RAM and a cheap (no brand) 32 MB Graphic adapter.
My Linux slave is Athlon XP 2200 + 512 MB RAM, Fedora Core II, also used as a staging Apache/MySQL server hosting around 40 websites
Both machines are connected via a 100MB 3Com Office connect switch.

Thanks for your thoughtful feedbacks! I learned so much from them. Regards - Kasra