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Hey there. I was wondering how I could go about building a cluster.

I've been doing some research but would like some help.

I have some PC's all about the same specs and what not. I just want to clear some thigns up.

1. Will I be able to use the PC as a regular PC for gaming and so on?

2. Do all the Motherboards need Graphics cards?

3. I'm opting for Linux, but what would you recommend as my OS?
post #2 of 13
not all need video cards but do need display to boot properly. You need Knopix and i think all the pc's need to be the same or it will run at the lowest pc settings and you won't be able to run it like a regular pc.

Not to sure though.
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Thanks for the quick reply. Cleared things up. I have a bunch of old computers I got from a school and the cluster idea is what came to me. Any other ideas I could do?
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Originally Posted by kaizoku roof View Post
Hey there. I was wondering how I could go about building a cluster.

I've been doing some research but would like some help.

I have some PC's all about the same specs and what not. I just want to clear some thigns up.

1. Will I be able to use the PC as a regular PC for gaming and so on?

2. Do all the Motherboards need Graphics cards?

3. I'm opting for Linux, but what would you recommend as my OS?
1.Clusters are used for High-Availability, or High-Performance computing, not gaming; you just send the data to the clusters CPU's, and they crunch away, thats it. The bottleneck in gaming is usually the GPU or CPU, and many threads is not really an issue (yet). Thus, no, sadly you cannot game on it.

2. Each motherboard will only temporarily require a graphics card, but that is just for the setup phase.

3. Linux certainly will handle it; so will Windows Server 2008 (though that is probably not your OS of choice for this little project).

Well you could always turn these PC's into a folding farm.
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Whats the advantage of using old tech clustered over simply some newer tech or is more just for fun?

How do you get them to talk to each other properly?
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its been done with the orignal xbox. p3 power
    
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I think it's been done done with PS3's also,

http://www.pcworld.com/article/14006...passwords.html
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Yeah it's been done with PS3, you can help people find protein diseases or something. This is just a little project, I have some old PC's that aren't that bad about 2gig Ram each and a 2.4 Processor. The Graphics card which now I understand doesn't matter too much are some crummy but not so Crummy ATI cards.

I wanna make use of them somehow so making a cluster was my idea. If I do make them into a cluster what are some stress testing stuff I can do? I don't really have anything that needs awesome rendering or pretty much anything like that.

What is a folding farm? I've heard of this before and haven't done any research. (looking now)
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Yeah it's been done with PS3, you can help people find protein diseases or something.
That's called "Folding@Home", a distributive computing program that also works on the PC and something many of us OCNers do You should consider building your cluster PC to fold for our team!
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I actually used to let it run over night. Maybe I will. Can you give me some pointers in the right direction and I'll gladly contribute to your team. I'll have no real use anyways I'd just like a little side project
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