practical desktop grid solution
> Are you talking about clustering??
> Gentoo 2005.1 (stage1) with Xorg 6.8.2 and Fluxbox 0.9.13
No, I do not believe so. Clustering, as I understand it, is more about high availability. You place your application on several servers and they act as a single application resource insuring that the business functionality is always there even if you have high user traffic or one of the server fails. I think that servers in a cluster will all have the same applications installed on them.
From what I can glean about grid computing, it is more about the sharing of processor time and memory(?) among several machines, sort of a multi processing manager that spans two or more computers. Until recently I believed that applications had to be specially designed to take advantage of multiprocessors as well as grids, but in reading several articles over the last few days, I am no longer so sure.
Desktop Grid Computing seems to be a buzzword, but I cannot quite decide for what. I was hoping for either answers or pointers to where I might find answers. Basically, I want to know if there is a way that I can have the applications I am running on my machine co-opt unused processor time on other trusted (and trusting) machines on the network.