|Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:49:42 PM.
Virtual and distributed computing technology and applications
Friday, January 28, 2005
Xgrid: High Performance Computing for the Rest of Us: Apple's quick setup grid, in use at many academic institutions. Released Jan 2004. A Feb 2004 presentation has good examples from U Utah, including a PDF with rendered images. Controller and client run only on OS X today; agents can be OS X or Linux. A Stanford project is looking for volunteers to contribute time for chemistry research.
Cringely points out how cheap fast computing is getting. "Imagine a Mac Minicluster running Apple's xGrid software. Start with a 16-port fast Ethernet switch and stack 16 Mac Minis on top. That's a 720 gigaflop micro-supercomputer that costs less than $9,000, can fit on a bookshelf, and can be up and running in as little time as it takes to connect the network cables. High schools will be sequencing genes." 9:49:36 AM
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Last update: 11/24/2005; 11:49:42 PM.