Apple Xgrid
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Turns a group of Macs into a supercomputer.   Updater
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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 Ñ and help usher in a new era of biological breakthroughs, rocket science and advanced models of scientific phenomena.

Xgrid turns a group of Macs into a supercomputer, so they can work on problems greater than each individually could solve. You can let Xgrid operate in screensaver mode, so whenever you arenÕt working, your Mac can crunch
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
Requirements
  • PPC
  • 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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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jun 2005
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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jpbadger commented on 31 Jan 2006
Over at MacOSXhints, someone posted a guide to activating the controller in 10.4 (non-server):

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050610040807931&query=xgrid
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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Feb 2005
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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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Mar 2004
Bah, this version broke my Xgrid installation.
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Charles Taylor commented on 07 Jan 2004
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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Anonymous commented on 02 Apr 2004
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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Type:Utilities : System
License:Updater
Date:29 Apr 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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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 Ñ and help usher in a new era of biological breakthroughs, rocket science and advanced models of scientific phenomena.

Xgrid turns a group of Macs into a supercomputer, so they can work on problems greater than each individually could solve. You can let Xgrid operate in screensaver mode, so whenever you arenÕt working, your Mac can crunch away at some data set. Or if you have a group of Macs dedicated to the task, Xgrid makes it easy to set up a cluster that works around the clock, every day of the year.

Without needing any programming knowledge, you can see the power of sharing resources when you set a group of Macs to drawing sophisticated graphics. As you add more Macs to the cluster, the program draws more quickly, as in the included Mandelbrot set demo. If youÕre a geneticist, youÕll appreciate the Xgrid BLAST application that lets you compare sets of genetic sequences even more quickly.

Xgrid uses zero configuration Rendezvous to discover available resources, so you never have to enter IP addresses to set up a cluster. An easy-to-use System Preference panel lets you control how your machine gets used by the network, and also tells the cluster which computer can send problems to the group for number crunching. Xgrid takes the grunt work out of splitting jobs and collecting results. Many scientists who already use command line tools in their work will immediately be able to take advantage of Xgrid and have the power of a cluster without the hassle of setup.


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