Building Cluster of Windows Servers

Dell / Poweredge 1850's and 2850...
May 2, 2009 at 18:09:14
Specs: Windows Vista
I recently came across a number of Dell PowerEdge 2850's and 1850's (~3.0 duals with ~4 gb ram each) which I can acquire at great prices. I'm wondering if there would be any practical way to connect them all to make a scaled down "super-computer" I could use to render complex movies, play a game or two, etc. I know it might be overkill but the summer is coming up and 8x 3.0ghz with 16gb ram sounds better than my C2Duo 2.2ghz I have right now with 2gb ram :-) I have extra legitimate licenses to windows xp, so I would prefer running that if possible as I'm already way more familiar with that than any distribution of linux or having to buy windows server. I also have a large 32 port lan switch which I think I could use somehow to connect them. Any help is appreciated as building this would be really cool, even if not the most practical.

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May 2, 2009 at 20:14:17
I don't you can do much more with a bunch of XP boxes than create a peer to peer network. I'm sure someone will correct me if there are other options.

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May 2, 2009 at 20:56:48
Ok, that's kinda what I was figuring although I wasn't sure. If I bought server '03 for them I guess that would allow me to do what I want to then? Also, if I built a cluster of say 4 servers, would I be able to set a "main" one where I could connect my monitors via a discrete graphics card? Or would there be some way to link the servers to my main computer which already has a decent card in it?

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May 3, 2009 at 00:17:53
No buying a server operating system for them would not allow you to turn them into any kind of combined "supercomputer" for game play or graphic rendering.

That's not what a server is for.

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May 3, 2009 at 11:47:47
If you put server enterprise on them [standard doesn't have clustering] and you had shared storage [might want to read some of the ms white pages on clustering]

AND [most importantly] you had an application that did distributed computing [ability to use multiple processors individually like Seti project does]

THEN you could achive what you desire.

Not going to happen with xp :-)

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