how can i make multiple computers run as one?

October 16, 2012 at 18:29:39
Specs: windows xp, 1 gb
i have some old Pentium 3s and 4s and i want to connect them all together somehow so they all run like one combined computer. is this possible?

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#1
October 16, 2012 at 18:51:01
This is known as distributed computing and is a viable concept. But it is only useful for certain types of applications and they are not the sort most people would be using. This is not a simple thing.

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#2
October 16, 2012 at 18:58:29
what kinds of applications would it be good for i was thinking of using it for internet and simple stuff.

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#3
October 16, 2012 at 19:15:28
P3's and P4's aren't going to run anything well. You're not going to be able to load the newest operating systems, much less the latest browsers. It would be best to just donate them to Goodwill and take the tax write-off. And why would you use multiple computers to run simple stuff?

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#4
October 16, 2012 at 19:20:51
i don't know i'm just really board and i was hoping to make use of the 3 P3's and two P4's i have laying around. i was hoping to run windows xp or 2000.

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#5
October 16, 2012 at 19:45:38
Maybe your time would be better spent paying attention in English class and learning the difference between board and bored. Capitalizing your I's wouldn't hurt either.

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#6
October 16, 2012 at 21:46:40
I wouldn't bother connecting them together.

You can build a fantastic retro gaming rig around a P3. Win98SE would be the best OS for running the classics, not XP or 2000.

As for the P4 box:
-File server (you may want to undervolt and underclock the CPU to save power if you plan to run it 24/7)
-Playback-only HTPC (you'll need a cheap video card with MPEG-4 and VC-1 decoding if you plan to watch 1080p content; a single-core CPU would have trouble on its own)
-You could use it to learn Linux and other software
-Torrent box (you'll need to get those Linux distros from somewhere, right? ;-)

Donate the rest of the machines or, if you're greedy like me, start a collection of spare parts.

DOS/9x Gaming Rig | Athlon 600 @ 672MHz w/ Golden Orb HSF | 384MB | 60GB
Voodoo2 SLI + GeForce 256 DDR | SB Live | Asus K7V | 21" NEC CRT | Win98SE


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#7
October 17, 2012 at 01:24:48
As already explained, such setups ("clusters") have fairly specific uses. If you are still interested have a read of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowul... and follow the links there.

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#8
October 17, 2012 at 08:38:52
There is no way a common desktop user can combine all the old computers into one good one.

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