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TheStarLion 04-21-2010 02:44 PM

Sharing CPU cycles between two systems
 
I've somehow got it into my head that it's possible to share CPU cycles, though I've no idea where from.
So basically that's what I'm asking - is it actually possible to tell one system to 'donate' it's unused CPU time, cycles, whatever they are, for another's use?

David1357 04-21-2010 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by TheStarLion (Post 3943070)
So basically that's what I'm asking - is it actually possible to tell one system to 'donate' it's unused CPU time, cycles, whatever they are, for another's use?

Yes. You can help scientists figure out how to treat diseases.

TheStarLion 04-21-2010 03:14 PM

Didn't know about that one before, something I'll have to remember about. What I meant was on a local network scale, such as two computers I have here.

unSpawn 04-21-2010 05:31 PM

Search for "cluster", "distributed processing" or "grid computing" on the 'net, Sourceforge, Freshmeat, Nongnu and Berlios?

syg00 04-21-2010 09:53 PM

Strictly speaking no.
Very specific workloads are amenable to grid or cloud - and they require a "distributor" to apportion the work and accept the results. I have thought about a local/private cloud at home, but the hassle is not worth it. Maybe have a look at xcat - note the increment is usually a box, not a few spare cycles.


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