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#1 MelissaPleases

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:18 AM

I'm not quite certain where to post this question, but since the computers involved are both Windows 7 machines, I took a wild guess and decided to put it here. Please move it if I'm wrong...

 

I am wondering if it's possible to connect two computers so that they operate as one machine. I've done some searching, but all of the answers I've found deal with file and device sharing, which is not what I'm wondering - I know how to set up a simple home network for that purpose. I want to know if it's possible to connect the two machines so that they operate essentially as one - combining the processor power, etc.

 

In theory, I think it should be possible. I remember reading once that a lab utilized something like 10 PS3s, wired together, to create a sort of super computer. I'm just curious if this is possible with two desktop PCs, and if it is, how complicated is it, and is there specialized hardware that would be needed?


Edited by hamluis, 25 February 2015 - 07:53 AM.
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Posted 22 February 2015 - 10:41 AM

The two articles below will shed some light on the subject.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf_cluster

 

http://idea.uab.es/mcreel/PelicanHPC/


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 09:35 PM

Well, then... This looks to be a bit beyond the scope of my expertise. Thank you for the response, dc3. :)


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Posted 23 February 2015 - 03:38 AM

Generally speaking cough cough!

 

 

Supercomputers have multiple processors HDD's and GPUs


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 09:51 PM

Yes, I understand that. I'm not trying to build a supercomputer. But I do use some resource heavy applications, and thought that if it was reasonably simple to run two machines in tandem, utilizing both processors at the same time, it would help. And while it is possible, as I said, it's a bit (a rather large bit) beyond my current skill level. Nor am I in the market to be purchasing a rather expensive, mutli-processor mobo.


Edited by hamluis, 25 February 2015 - 07:52 AM.
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Posted 25 February 2015 - 11:50 AM

Here is some more info on the subject

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_processing

 

"With single-CPU, single-core computers, it is possible to perform parallel processing by connecting the computers in a network. However, this type of parallel processing requires very sophisticated software called distributed processing software"

 

There is also folding which uses distributed computing

http://www.overclock.net/t/67463/folding-faq-everything-you-need-to-know-in-one-location-for-new-and-old-folders

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distributed_computing_projects






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