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Ok, Is there anyway to cluster them together using a linux distro, and then having a windows interface, that would show a combined processor, ram ect.?
Maybe with some background programming.

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Folding farm!
Bad idea. The power usage would be through the roof, not to mention he could probably part them all out or just sell them on Ebay and get enough cash to fund a dedicated folding rig with an i7 and some new 5-- series cards.
 
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Folding farm away!

And for extra rad points, name it: WOPR
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Ok, Is there anyway to cluster them together using a linux distro, and then having a windows interface, that would show a combined processor, ram ect.?
No.

This can only be used by extremely multi-threaded operations, such as folding.
    
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Ok, Is there anyway to cluster them together using a linux distro, and then having a windows interface, that would show a combined processor, ram ect.?
Maybe not exactly what you want, but check out ROCKS. Very easy to setup and quick. Install the head node, boot the other systems and the rest happens automagically.

Check out the site for monitoring and job scheduling tools.
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Maybe not exactly what you want, but check out ROCKS. Very easy to setup and quick. Install the head node, boot the other systems and the rest happens automagically.

Check out the site for monitoring and job scheduling tools.
I checked it out, but I'm a little confused as to how to wire it, and load everything up. If you could please help me out with that, cause I basically want a windows OS to have the combined specs of everything on the other ones, but combined.
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No.

This can only be used by extremely multi-threaded operations, such as folding.

Just a note Folding is not suited for cluster computing because it already is distributed computing. The work units have already been sliced.

The best use for a Folding farm would be to have each computer to work on an independent WU.

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I checked it out, but I'm a little confused as to how to wire it, and load everything up. If you could please help me out with that, cause I basically want a windows OS to have the combined specs of everything on the other ones, but combined.
It's not simple setting up a cluster... and stardard Windows is not designed for clusters.

What you want is not reality.

Do you even have a need for a cluster? If you want to do it for educational purposes, go for it. However, if you want to do something cool with it.... you really need to figure out what you want to do first.
Edited by DuckieHo - 1/5/11 at 9:25am
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I checked it out, but I'm a little confused as to how to wire it, and load everything up. If you could please help me out with that, cause I basically want a windows OS to have the combined specs of everything on the other ones, but combined.
This is not really what clusters or HPC is about. There are some distro's out there that have been working on single system image clusters, but due to latency on ethernet, it is not too practical unless you use Infiniband or other high speed network adapters (GigE will not cut it).

There is a tutorial on the site HERE. In addition to the computers you need a switch to connect all the systems. Normally you would have 2 networks, one for management and one for data. One network will work fine though (I have used both setups).

You never really log into the nodes, the management node doles out the jobs based on what you ask it to do. Keep in mind that setting up the cluster is really simple (I setup and configured 240 nodes in less than 4 hours(Including the time it took me to cable the systems). Actually putting it to use is the hard part. I can not find it now, but there is a "roll" that was specific to setting up a big video wall. Each node had a monitor connected and the manager node directed each node what to display. I used a couple of those setups for a trade show once and a big party where we created a video wall with 100 nodes in a 10x10 monitor setup showing music videos. That was the hardest setup I have done with ROCKS.

The ROCKS site also has information on monitoring and benchmark testing.

Also this is Linux based (RedHat to be exact, but you can use your own linux distro too), and not windows. Microsoft does have clustering software, but it is really expensive.

Anyway, poke around on the ROCKS WIKI site and do some reading to see if this is something you want to play with.
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This is not really what clusters or HPC is about. There are some distro's out there that have been working on single system image clusters, but due to latency on ethernet, it is not too practical unless you use Infiniband or other high speed network adapters (GigE will not cut it).

There is a tutorial on the site HERE. In addition to the computers you need a switch to connect all the systems. Normally you would have 2 networks, one for management and one for data. One network will work fine though (I have used both setups).

You never really log into the nodes, the management node doles out the jobs based on what you ask it to do. Keep in mind that setting up the cluster is really simple (I setup and configured 240 nodes in less than 4 hours(Including the time it took me to cable the systems). Actually putting it to use is the hard part. I can not find it now, but there is a "roll" that was specific to setting up a big video wall. Each node had a monitor connected and the manager node directed each node what to display. I used a couple of those setups for a trade show once and a big party where we created a video wall with 100 nodes in a 10x10 monitor setup showing music videos. That was the hardest setup I have done with ROCKS.

The ROCKS site also has information on monitoring and benchmark testing.

Also this is Linux based (RedHat to be exact, but you can use your own linux distro too), and not windows. Microsoft does have clustering software, but it is really expensive.Anyway, poke around on the ROCKS WIKI site and do some reading to see if this is something you want to play with.
I was looking at Windows Sever 2008, they have a 180 day free trial that I wanted to check out, but I'm not sure how to set it up, with what hardware ect.
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I was looking at Windows Sever 2008, they have a 180 day free trial that I wanted to check out, but I'm not sure how to set it up, with what hardware ect.
Not the same thing though. I will check, but the Microsoft clustering software is not included in the server 2008 OS.
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