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Computerworld looks at Apple\'s XGrid technology

updated 07:35 am EST, Wed January 14, 2004

Apple\'s XGrid technology

Apple's new Xgrid application, launched last week, is , according to Computerworld's first look at the software: "Think of Xgrid as a customizable SETI at Home software package for serious computing folk. The Xgrid software allows you to tie together any number of desktop machines (Apple suggests using those with G4 and G5 processors) to work as a single machine to process a job. When one of the computing hosts is idle, it can join the 'hive' and process part of the currently running job."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    It would have been funny.

    ...if they'd called it Skynet

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Brilliant!

    I'm so used to press Apple bashing, all these pro-Apple articles are a bit disorienting.

    If Apple could find a way to use unused CPU cycles with graphics, audio and video applications for homegrown renderfarms and video production, the impact in small shops could be amazing. I'd love to be able to do VectorWorks/RenderWorks renderings using idle machines in my office!

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    Slick

    This is incredibly slick software. So why is it little Apple with their tiny market share and come up with the coolest software for a very specific task like this? I use to use Linux and I will never go back. The lack of aggravation is well worth the yearly OS upgrade price.

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    how to use old G4

    I guess this Xgrid could help me finally use my old G4 graphite, along with my old Cube G4, my current Dualie G4 and my new Dualie G5.

    I could finally have my own little 3D Render Farm!

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    Nice

    Tie a few machines together, and you've got 100 GB prOn-servers for the Rest of Us :D

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Let's see some ads...

    Here's another call (falling on deaf ears, no doubt) for some real world ads. And, YES, they can be hip and high-style, too! Not some droning spec list c***.

    A series of "What my Mac does" ads.

    The Virginia Tech SuperMac.
    Pixar.
    Me. ;^)
    etc. etc. etc.

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    Can I use an XGride to...

    ...give me higher fps in America's Army and Halo?

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    re: Can I use...

    quote: ...give me higher fps in America's Army and Halo?

    No, this is not a toy. A higher fps count is determined by your video card. We all know the Mac's strong point isn't games.

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    Re: Can I use...

    "...give me higher fps in America's Army and Halo?"

    This software is designed for serious professionals, not for idiots like you to use for your moronic "games."

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    FPS

    I think the guy meant Farts Per Second. So yes, xGrid would increase his FPS.

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