Getting more out of a giga machine?
I\'m sure this is an old concept to alot of ppl, but for whatever reason it hadn\'t crossed my mind until today. I was really pushing my main computer hard earlier, and was actually hitting some limits as to what it could do realtime (not a shabby machine, P4 2.0, 1.5GB ram, 3 separate data drives, etc...) and I was wishing I could use the Giga machines to help.
Now I am familiar with the concept of the System Link, and I do use SX, but my mind was instantly pondering over the other tasks that I would love to have the other P4\'s that usually only run Giga helping out with. I\'ll admit I\'ve been known to play a game or 20 on my main machine, and was thinking it\'d be neat if there was a way to get the other machines helping with that stuff too, instead of collecting dust after I\'m done with the Giga phase of a project...
So I looked into it, but have\'t found too much in the way of consumer stuff. What I have found after speaking with a programmer friend today, was that with a GigaBit LAN connection, and streamlined networking protocols (ie making the traditional packaging and \"unpackaging\" process of network transfer faster) it would be possible to basically write software that would function in a shell mode on PC\'s, which could be run as an application outside of windows, would effectively yield much of the additional benefit of as many extra computers\' processors as you had on the network running the software.
What I\'m wondering is if this idea hasn\'t already been pulled off on a scale that would integrate into our systems? I know recent supercomputers utilize this concept, but that goes far beyond what would be required for a home setup. This wouldn\'t have to be the \"epidomy\" of effeciency, as those high-end projects aim for. Just \"good enough\" to be of benefit.
I found this link from 1996:
but other than that have found little. So anyone here got any thoughts? I was hoping something commercial was being developed or had been already. I know everyone that use games, photoshop, video production, audio production, etc, would love to get something like this going on (since so many of us actually have several machines.) Anyway, just thought I\'d see if anyone else thinks this is a good idea, or knows where to find it.