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Apple Xgrid... Imagine waking up one day to find your Mac has solved a vexing scientific problem. While the cure to cancer, super-efficient solar power and ending world hunger are a ways off, you can combine your computing resources using Xgrid

What's New

Version 1.0:
  • Fully compatible with Xgrid client in Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger" and Xgrid controller in Mac OS X Server v10.4
  • Numerous bug fixes


  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
  • Xgrid client running on Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Xgrid controller running on Mac OS X Server 10.4 or later

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What happened to the GUI??? I had the "technology preview" up and running in no time and we were happily processing neural imaging data. Then we shelled out a couple grand for 10.4 with the primary motivation being the full release version of xgrid, and the whole interface is gone! I'll get it worked out, and xgrid still rocks, but damn this is annoying!

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Version 1.0

Over at MacOSXhints, someone posted a guide to activating the controller in 10.4 (non-server):


Anonymous Member IconReview

It works like advertised. You can share your CPU over a network with other computers.

Question is, where are the applications that make use of this technology? Mandelbrot is fun for demos, but how can I put this to use?

Ripping CD's in iTunes?
Compressing movies?

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Version 1.0 Preview 2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Bah, this version broke my Xgrid installation.

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Version 1.0 Preview 2
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Charles Taylor

I haven't downloaded this because my school network blocks FTP transfers. But i was wondering, is this a base system operation where everything that is running is effected (AKA, a true Beowulf/cluster system) or is Xgrid only usable with programs written for it's 'environment'?

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Version 1.0 Technology Preview
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I got this to run a terminal based application 'folding@home' using the create-your-own plugin in about 30 seconds. Awesome.

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Downloads 12,746
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Type Utilities / System
License Updater
Date 29 Apr 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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