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I did some searching and found an old thread about it and found this. It has a link to a tutorial for linux, but i was looking for something about windows. I was hoping XP... from what i've read on google, server 2003 is capable but i couldn't really find anything about XP. Does anyone know anything about this or does anyone have experience doing this? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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i couldn't really find anything about XP.

It really depends on what it is you are trying to do with the cluster. My distrubuted applications make use of MPI or the Message Passing Interface and a version of this does exist for windows...

http://www-unix.mcs.anl.gov/mpi/ (I know the URL says unix, trust me on this, click on the download page)

MPI works by linking all the members of the cluster together in a ring. You have to code and compile programs to work with this architecture but all super computers (Well just about all) will support MPI so your code will be highly portable should you be given access to a true supercomputer.

I hope that helps. Perhaps I could provide you with more specific information regarding distributed computing if you told me your intended application? In the mean time, a phrase for you to google with is "beowulf cluster."

-Dr^ZigMan

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I was just wondering about buying cheap processors instead of buying a thousand dollar processor. I was hoping to get the power of these cores to run games faster. It was just a thought and it would be a neat project for me.

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I was just wondering about buying cheap processors instead of buying a thousand dollar processor. I was hoping to get the power of these cores to run games faster. It was just a thought and it would be a neat project for me.

If you're looking for cheap [edit: OK 'cheaper'] clustering you can go the multiple GFX card route.

Nvidia provide an API to program arbetory code onto they cards:

<a href="http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html" target="_blank">http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda_home.html</a>

This is what the fore mentioned Acceleware ( <a href="http://www.acceleware.com" target="_blank">http://www.acceleware.com</a> ) uses in their clusters.

Munge.

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I was just wondering about buying cheap processors instead of buying a thousand dollar processor. I was hoping to get the power of these cores to run games faster. It was just a thought and it would be a neat project for me.

If only things worked that way <sighs>

In order to take advantage of a distributed system your programs must be written to function in such an environment. Even in todays super cool quad core processors, if the game is not written to work with multiple threads it doesn't matter how many cores you have you won't be able to use them efficiently.

If I were you I'd save your pennies and keep your eye on newegg/tiger direct and look for a sale! Your needs don't lend themselves to clustered computing.

-Dr^ZigMan

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Quick Google search for a fast processor for a pretty cheap price.

Dunno if it's the right one, I'm kinda drunk ^^ my buddy got a intel core 2 quad for about $50 more... but then aagain this is germany

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