Originally Posted by bootscamp
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.