Originally Posted by slamanna212;13864278
For fun/because i can i want to get a bunch of old pcs, make one a hub, put linux on it, network boot a bunch of other old pcs, and fold on it. I want it to think its one computer. They are old pcs so to run the smp client im gonna have to use wine and the windows client. How would i go about setting this up. I know i need a big ass router, lots of network cables, and a bunch of pcs. I really need help on the software side, mainly setting up the controling pc/all the clients, picking the right linux, setting up network boot, and setting up the client correctly so it recognizes all cores in the "cluster"
Originally Posted by Klue22;13864495
I think he's talking about loading an OS completely into ram from a network share rather than using network disks as the hard drives, kinda like a live CD. If that's the case then it has been done before. OP, you may want to check out this link.
That isn't what his post says - he wants a cluster with all the machines acting like a single computer. Which doesn't suit folding at all.
That's because doing what he wants to do won't work how he wants to do it. He'll be amazingly lucky if he manages to get 100ppd/node, yet will be running 100W/node. For a 10 node system he might break 1000ppd (if he's got decent kit) at a cost of 1kW power consumption - and that's roughly the amount of folding that a $30, 30W NVidia G 210 can do. Even running the systems separately he'd get 300ppd/node or so, as by the sound of things none of these systems would be capable of running the SMP client by themselves.