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Bobbygiles
What is Xgrid?????
on Mar 15, 2007 at 2:14:55 pm

Hello , I am tring to find out more about Xgrid. It's in system pref.-sharing folder.If anyone can help that would be great.
Thanks Bobby



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GranitW
Re: What is Xgrid?????
on Mar 15, 2007 at 5:07:56 pm

Xgrid is a way to connect computers to a server to do high calculations. You can use Apple's OS X Server GUI Programs, a shareware preference App(Forgot name), or the UNIX terminal on any Mac.

It works very similar to a networked system. There's agents(normal computers) that submits jobs to the controller(Main Computer System). The Controller could be a server or just one computer, once it's done doing a job for an agent, it sends data back and waits for the next job.

If you want to use xgird with the terminal type 'man xgrid' for all the details on commands.

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Bobbygiles
Re: What is Xgrid?????
on Mar 15, 2007 at 9:59:55 pm

So if someone wanted to get on my computer from home, would that be possible, given the computer be powered up and connected with a T-1 line.



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GranitW
Re: What is Xgrid?????
on Mar 16, 2007 at 12:45:54 am

I'm not fully sure. I've only used firewire. Normally you want to use some type of gigbit fibre channel. I don't know if it works with ethernet or internet access if that's what your asking.

It's main purpose is for creating a cheap super computer for using software that can use Xgrid - like Maya or Mathmatic. Thats the big thing that I noticed. Unless you have Mac OS X server, you can only use Xgrid with Software that has been programmed for it.

Here's some helpful websites:


High performance computing has a few articles about xgrid:
http://developer.apple.com/hardwaredrivers/hpc/

Feature info websites:
http://www.apple.com/server/macosx/features/xgrid.html
http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/xgrid/

Mailing lists:
http://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/xgrid-users

informational article:
http://cmgm.stanford.edu/~cparnot/xgrid-stanford/

wikipedia's take on Xgrid:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xgrid

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